Shopping in Amsterdam, the Jordaan area

Amsterdam III 001This fourth part of my shopping in Amsterdam tour, took us to the Jordaan. A famous area in this city with small and old houses.  The neighbourhood was formed in 1600. The people who lived there were always renowned for their humor, their poverty and for looking after each other. Humor is the reason why I like Amsterdam so much anyway. 

Let’s start with the map at the bottom left:Amsterdam III Jordaan mapMy friend Marla accompanied me on this trip and took photos too. Which was lucky for me as a few important photos I made, were ruined.
This is Marla, a classic beauty who has always looked years younger than she actually is:Amsterdam III 100At the beginning of our trip, their were few shops, but lovely stuff to see. Like old buildings:Amsterdam III 002

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Amsterdam III 009Below: this house at Bloemgracht (with the red shutters) was renovated under supervision of my husband’s grandfatherAmsterdam III 015Below: lovely flowers hanging from the houses:Amsterdam III 043It is an area with nice canals….Amsterdam III M (10) ….with plaques on a lot of houses:Amsterdam III 030….and quaint stuff like these little wedding cake dollsAmsterdam III 046

Amsterdam III 46aBelow: this  pub is called Café ‘t Smalle at Egelantiersgracht. The terrace in front of it is a perfect place to tie up your boat. Which is a very decadent feeling, I can tell you. We did it a few times, having to say things like: “Excuse me, could you move your foot please, so  I can throw my rope over this pole?” Honoustly… so decadent.Amsterdam III 053Below: For Suzanne Carillo: a thrift shop at Prinsengracht 201. Well…. it is more a vintage store with remakes and originals. They sell retro dresses, jewellery and handbags. You can check them out online.Amsterdam III 055After a light lunch at At Letting, Prinsenstraat 3, we headed accross the road to Margriet Nannings, Prinsengracht 8. Nice clothes but nothing really tempted us. And you know how easily I am tempted. It doesn’t take much. Still,  Margriet Nannings is a good brand, so I guess we were unlucky.Amsterdam III 107Below: I cleaned up this photo as there was stuff in the way, like a calculator and such.Amsterdam III 112Below: further north at the beginning of Herenstraat, there is this delightful vintage (antique) store with lots of trinkets:Amsterdam III 125Below: a bit difficult for visitors from abroad to take with them, but don’t you love this vase they sold in the vintage shop? Amsterdam III 128Below: just a little down the road at Herenstraat 21, is Zsiska, a true find. Colourful clothes, although not many. But the ones they do have, will make you feel happy. Amsterdam III 134Below: Zsiska has very nice jewellery. The shop comes with a very perky, smart, nice and professional shop assistent. You know me… I didn’t stand a chance and walked out with a necklace (which is in the last pictures)Amsterdam III 139Below: in Herenstraat we ran into this lady. I so fell in love with her coat (Max Mara) that I bought it when I saw it in a shop two months later. She was the one who made me think of wearing green underneath my animal print jacketAmsterdam III 149There were a few more shops in Herenstraat but nothing was really to our fancy, so we went back to Prinsenstraat and into number 18: Timeless Collection. I have been going here off and on since 1985. Nice feminine clothes and the shop owner (Arianne van Wijk) is a seamstress by profession so she knows quality.Amsterdam III 152

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Amsterdam III 161Below: then across the Prinsengracht to the Noordermarkt, where you find the Noorderkerk (finished in 1623). There is a farmer’s market on Saturdays and a huge vintage market (are you reading this Suzanne?) on MondaysAmsterdam III 166Below: at the entrance of the church is a bronze statue of three women with the title: Unity the strongest chain, commemorating the Jordaan riots in July 1934 (hunger, poverty etc)Amsterdam III 176

Amsterdam III 177Below and above: nice terraces, pubs and buildings as we strolled to … another vintage shopAmsterdam III 181Below: vintage shop Sterrenstof at 1e Goudsbloemdwarsstraat 10 (try and pronounce that, you readers from abroad), is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00 tot 18.00 hoursAmsterdam III 182Below: we liked these three-dimensional brooches at SterrenstofAmsterdam III 184Below: on our way back we saw this lady at the bus stop, looking good. So why not take a picture? We got to talk and she was nice. See my blog card in her hand? I never miss a chance. LOLAmsterdam III 208Below: in the evening, Marla and I did not feel like cooking, so we went out for diner with our husbands.

I had a little bit too much to drink, which never happens (I am not joking. Drinking is not one of my vices.) Give me too much to drink and I am still myself but times ten. A force to be reckoned with. Here I am, killing myself laughing and wearing the necklace I bought at Zsiska earlier that dayAmsterdam III M (30)MBelow: at the wine bar/small restaurant Wijn & Ko, Grote Markt 21 in Haarlem (please visit them, you will not be disappointed). From left to right: my husband Ron in the front with the red sneakers, behind him, our friend Georg. And of course Marla and dopey me.Amsterdam III M (33)You are still welcome to join me on a shopping tour through Amsterdam in May or September. Read more about it here and at the top navigation, tab Amsterdam, where you can find my previous tours through Amsterdam.
Next time I will show you lots of vintage (by request of Suzanne) at Haarlemmerstraat.


PS 1… Although a little late, I would like to show you a gathering of shoes at The Citizen Rosebud’s Shoe Shine. Check them out.
PS 2.. Also linking to a bloggers gathering party Très Chic Style Bits at Nanda’s Searching the Inner me, talking about a visit to Paris.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 19 January 2014 / 22:05

    I feel like I have been on a tour round the town with you and your friends.
    Such a jou, ahhhhhhhh. Must visit.
    You are looking radiant dear Greetje.

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:29

      Please do visit!! Glad to have you and show you around.

  2. 20 January 2014 / 02:41

    I loved this post!! The tour…the buildings…the fashion…I really enjoyed it and this is a place I may never see. Thanks so much!

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:31

      Did you read the other three articles on different areas too? If not, look under the tab Amsterdam in the navigation.

  3. 20 January 2014 / 04:04

    Greetje, thankyou for the tour around a city I remember fondly.( visited in 1975, a lifetime ago).

    Both you and the other ladies featured look great, love the Max Mara coat.


    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:34

      Glad you enjoyed it. The Max Mara coat you will see on me when spring arrives….

  4. 20 January 2014 / 04:44

    Oh how exciting!!! Vintage in Amsterdam : ) I like the idea of the weekly market. Normally the ones I’ve been to in London and Paris are very good.

    I love that woman’s outfit and leather jacket that you took the photo of. You’re very brave aren’t you?

    I guess I’ll do okay there as long as I don’t have to pronounce anything. LOL

    Already those colourful dresses caught my eye as well as that long coat. Very cool designs.

    Your gold necklace looks like something Cleopatra would have worn. Very decadent.

    Thanks for doing this for me Greetje : )

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:39

      The vintage market at Noordermarkt is really pretty good, but much, much smaller than the ones in London and Paris. We have a bigger fleemarket called Waterlooplein but I would indeed call it a flee market.
      And no I am not brave. Approaching people is the easiest thing for me, unless I have to sell them something. In this case it is just fun and flattering, so no problem. We all have our strong points. This one is mine.

      • Greetje
        20 January 2014 / 11:41

        Forgot to stress the fact that the vintage market Noordermarkt is on a Monday!

  5. 20 January 2014 / 05:36

    This is awesome Greetje! I spied one of my favorite spots at the canal.

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:41

      The one where we moor, haha?? When you come in September, it might still be good enough weather to sit out there.

  6. Katrien
    20 January 2014 / 06:58

    Very nice Greetje, love all the pictures. What a beautiful city! If it weren’t on your blog but just send to me I would think there was a hidden message in it for me ‘where would you rather be than in Amsterdam’:)

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:43

      Ah my dear, there are more beautiful spots in the world. You have got to do what your heart tells you to do. (I am getting milder haha.)

  7. 20 January 2014 / 09:55

    I have never been in Amsterdan and I would like to go urgently! hehehe

    great post!



    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 11:44

      Have you seen the other posts I made on Amsterdam? If not, have a look at the top navigation of my blog under the tab Amsterdam and enjoy.

  8. Lorraine
    20 January 2014 / 12:47

    What a great article Greetje! Love the leopard coat you ‘stole’ LOL! I need to go to that jewellery shop!

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 20:27

      OK, that can be the first item on our Amsterdam list in May.

      • Lorraine
        21 January 2014 / 09:53

        Should I start saving????????????

        • Greetje
          21 January 2014 / 20:38

          Oh yes, definitely. Hope you get some money for your birthday haha. Congratulations again.

  9. josep-maria
    20 January 2014 / 20:44

    A wonderful post, Greetje. The tour of Amsterdam is fantastic, the photos are very good and the city love to see it. That lovely shops, clothes and wonderful objects. I must visit Amsterdam soon! Ladies who’ve photographed are all very smart, you have a very attractive friends, like you. I love your necklace, black dress with colorful polka dots, and look lady waiting for the bus, with that lovely green jacket. And I’m in love with Amsterdam, and your look in the first picture 🙂

    • Greetje
      20 January 2014 / 22:18

      Everything is quite relaxed, isn’t it? You are always welcome in Amsterdam. I will be your guide if you want me to. (Or not if you want to explore it by yourself.)

  10. Ann
    21 January 2014 / 03:22

    You have made Amsterdam sparkle with intrigue! Lovely and beautiful post. So much to be inspired by, charming architecture and interesting shopping. What an incredible place to live. Your necklace is a beauty!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 14:26

      I wish I did live there, but after doing so for ten years I moved. Now I live in a smaller town, lovely and beautiful, but I do miss Amsterdam.

  11. 21 January 2014 / 03:40

    This series on shopping in Amsterdam is one of my favourites. I feel like I’ve been on holiday! The architecture in your lovely city is stunning. You appreciate it too, I can tell! One day I would love to visit and meet you.

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 14:28

      And I would love to show you around. Start saving please.
      I will admit that these Amsterdam series are my new hobby. If all my readers appreciate it as much as you do, I would be so happy. I will have to look at Google Analysis I guess.

  12. 21 January 2014 / 04:28

    It is 9:22 PM here, and I saved this all day so I could read it at my leisure. I just love your tours, Greetje. So personalized, ’cause you show us clothes. And jewels, and architecture and we get to meet some of your friends! I’ve just fallen in love with Amsterdam because of you. More houseboats and barges! It’s such a lovely break from our humdrum life here. You look wonderful, (even if you had, as we say here “a snootful”) and your necklace is wonderful. Such fun.
    Thank you so much!

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 14:31

      You have no idea how happy your comment makes me. As these tours are my “babies”. Thank you.

  13. 21 January 2014 / 04:39

    Another fabulous tour Greetje. I’m not sure I know all these places. I hope I can get at least one personalised tour from you as well this year!

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 14:38

      Of course you can. See you in April?

  14. 21 January 2014 / 09:05

    Please,please wear them and let me see.
    Have a lovely day, dear Greetje

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 14:39

      Do you mean the coat?

  15. 21 January 2014 / 15:03

    No it was the answer to your commet aboutif you would dare to wear tartan and flowers.

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 20:36

      Ah… I didn’t dare. Wore the blouse with a burgundy skinny. I will have a look tomorrow to see how it looks.

  16. Rosemary
    21 January 2014 / 20:53

    Oh, how fabulous it looks! It brings back memories of my previous trips to Amsterdam, but when I come later this year, I will get to have a fabulous shopping guide! I see you got a another great necklace! (One can never have too many, can one?)

    Much love from England,
    Rose from

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 22:45

      A good shopping guide is 100% Amsterdam. I think it comes in all languages. I used it for Rome, Copenhagen, London and Milan. See you in May.

  17. 21 January 2014 / 22:42

    Another interesting view of Amsterdam! I enjoyed the tour ( and just today I have read that two new daily flights will join soon Torino and Amsterdam! ) .
    Your new necklace is a beauty, and you seem to be so happy with your nice friend!!
    I love these kind of posts! It would be nice to see some similar ones of the city where you live…

    • Greetje
      21 January 2014 / 22:48

      That might be a good idea Dan. So far I thought I’d stick to Amsterdam as it is the most interesting town and there is always a lot happening. I also want to focus. Now… Shall I focus on Amsterdam? Or Holland in general? Have to think about that. Glad there are two new flights. I wished Easyjet would take on Torino. I have tickets for Geneva by Easyjet and I have to change or cancel them.

  18. 22 January 2014 / 05:35

    Another wonderful post from the best travel guide I have ever known. Believe me, you are definitely the most entertaining tour guide out there. I can see why you would never want to move away from your home town (country). It’s so beautiful and quaint. We do not have any buildings over 100 years old here, in fact most of them are not more than 50 years old. I particular fell in love with the old buildings and streets. Well, and of course the Zsista is calling my name. I can just see you and your friendly, outgoing self talking it up with complete strangers and taking their pictures. I need to see your blog card up close and personal, that’s a fun idea. Thanks again for the incurably fun tour.

    • Greetje
      22 January 2014 / 07:41

      So much praise… Be careful, you don’t make me conceited. I will send you my blog card by email.

    • Greetje
      22 January 2014 / 19:47

      And you would get the royal treatment my dear.

  19. 22 January 2014 / 15:52

    You are the perfect tour guide. A fascinating combination of architecture and fashion. Brava!

    • Greetje
      22 January 2014 / 19:50

      When I was 17 that was the profession I chose. Alas … all the travel organizations thought I was too toung. Which I was of course.

  20. 23 January 2014 / 05:14

    Thank you soooo much for this fantastic tour of Amsterdam!!
    Brings back vivid memories of many years ago!!

    ♥ carmen

    • Greetje
      23 January 2014 / 05:25

      My pleasure entirely.

  21. Happiness at Mid Life
    23 January 2014 / 06:47

    I always enjoy these shopping trips with your Greetje! I love that dress with the pretty colors…very eye catching.


    • Greetje
      23 January 2014 / 21:07

      I am glad you enjoy the tours as I plan to continue them. I love making them you see.

  22. 23 January 2014 / 22:21

    Such a well done tour!!! Loving the visual concept which makes us be there.
    Thank you for sharing it.

    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits!!!!!


    • Greetje
      24 January 2014 / 06:19

      Glad you like the tour Nanda. It is such fun to make such a post.

  23. Elle
    26 January 2014 / 06:56

    Greetje, What a wonderful tour! I am in love with those lovely building son the water. The shops look tempting and lovely, all of those glass pieces, jewels and pretty clothes.. I wonder what I I will see on the next post. Ido. Love the green under the leopard, that is a great combo ? Indeed, your friend is very pretty. Thanks again for the virtual tour, it has been cold and gray here , so it was a real treat for me!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      26 January 2014 / 15:49

      That is why I took a week off of work in September. For 3 days I went into Amsterdam with a friend, each day another friend and another location. Camera at hand. I planned four days, but my friend of the fourth day was occupied for half a day, so we decided not to go to Amsterdam. Which was very welcome as I was worn out after three whole days. The idea was to capture Amsterdam when there was still some sunshine and leaves on the trees. Makes much nicer pictures than winter photos.
      The things we do for blogging hey?

  24. popcosmo
    26 January 2014 / 16:12

    This was fantastic, thank you SO much! Amsterdam is so high on my list of places to visit!! So although you may have to look at your analytics to see if this post ranks highly, from scrolling through the comments, it looks like you’ve touched people so deeply with your photos, your insights, and, as always, your sense of humor. You would be the perfect tour guide and I do hope one day to make my way there and meet you in person and take you up on this. Truly!!!
    xo ~kim

    • Greetje
      26 January 2014 / 20:55

      You would be so welcome Kim! The beginning of May I have two ladies coming: Lorraine from the UK. You might know her from 40+Style where she participates a lot. And the other one is Rose, a Canadian lady who lives in the UK. She has a blog called Forever on the catwalk of life (see the blogs that I follow). In September I can greet Dixie of Dixie Beauty.
      But if you come on a different date, I will still show you around. No fear. When I did my first post (Boating through Amsterdam), it felt so good that I wanted to continue it. The audience of No Fear of Fashion is my trial audience.

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