Shopping in Amsterdam… Haarlemmerstraat

Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 13This time my shopping in Amsterdam was aimed at vintage stores in Haarlemmerstraat. However, old clothes and shoes are less captivating than stunning buildings, canals and beautifully displayed merchandise. To solve that “problem”, my two colleague friends came with me: Anke and Sabine. They are modelling the merchandise. Both are very stylish and shopaholics (like me). Lovely personalities, so much fun to be with. We had a ball.

We started by drinking a perfect cappuccino at Tramezzino, Haarlemmerstraat number 79a. Which is bottom right on the little map below: HaarlemmerstraatFirst stop after coffee: NottingHill at number 85. A cute shop, no vintage, but very affordable fashion. Great bags, looking very expensive for small prices. Below is Sabine, trying on a white fluffy cardigan. She didn’t buy that one, but bought the neon orange cardigan you see hanging left from her. Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 2Below: friend number two: Anke, who started our shopping spree (…) without this great hat, but after finding it, kept it on all day. Quite rightly as it suits her perfectly. As a matter of fact… I wouldn’t have minded it myself, although I don’t know whether it would fit and suit me.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 3Below: our first vintage store: Rumors Vintage at number 99. This is where Anke found her hat.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 4 Below: even though I didn’t find anything, there were lots of goodies. I must say that I lack the eye to spot treasures. Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 5Below: Sabine found perfect cowboy boots. They probably were not her size otherwise I bet she would have bought them. Very nice for Suzanne Carillo… Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 7Below: hats were more or less the item of the day. Herewith two examplesAmsterdam Haarlemmerstr 8There is much more from this shop to show you , but this post already holds many photos so I had to kill some of my darlings.

On to number 119: Sabarly. Not a vintage shop, but with lovely clothes/brands you do not find everywhere. I would have loved to buy this orange/pink (indoor) jacket (half price by a sub brand of Max Mara), but I was on a spending diet and I wasn’t sure whether my husband Ron would like it. He might have said: “you look like the mother of the bride”. Which is not a compliment coming from him. Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 10Below: sexy lingerie shop which sold great tights: Mary Ann at Haarlemmerdijk 21. (Haarlemmerstraat just passes into Haarlemmerdijk.) Sabine and I both bought fancy tights.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 11Below: me wearing my purple coat and a new bonnet in the colour of 2014: Radiant Orchid (I am such a fast fashion adept haha). Brand: Ted Baker.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 12Below: at Haarlemmerdijk 25A, we found Jordino, selling chocolate and marzipan high heels and Louis Vuitton bags.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 14Below: totally forgot the name of this shop with glass objects and lovely necklaces (fortunately for my wallet I did not see the blue and white necklace… love it). But it is at Haarlemmerdijk between number 25 and 39.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 15Below: at number 39 is Restored, a shop with a mission. The necklaces top right were my taste, very contemporary. Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 16

Below: time to lunch in what we Dutch call: a brown café. That was nice.

Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 18Below: back to vintage… at Callas 43, Haarlemmerdijk….43Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 17Below: we spent a long time in this shop, as it was one great dress-up chest for us. Did not think that the owner was vey pleased with that but Sabine went back later and bought this unique (new, not vintage) piece from Chick on a Mission (Dutch brand).Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 19Below: lots of fur coats, some fake but mostly real fur.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 20

Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 21Below: I tried on a fire engine red raincoat, which was one size too big. Too bad. In case you are wondering what I was wearing, this is a blouse by Spijkers&Spijkers (SIS), present from Ron who likes this Dutch brand a lot.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 22Below: next stop: Sam Sam, Haarlemmerdijk 139C… what a good vintage shop! I bought the leopard bonnet you saw in last week’s post, but we were tempted many times.

We decided that the cotton black scarf I was wearing did not really go with the faux fur bonnet. So we were in search of a faux fur scarf. The black and white one below really tickled my fancy. Unfortunately it also tickled my skin. I did find the perfect black fur scarf there, but it was 5 times the price of the bonnet and real fur. That last bit bothered me more than the first. Alas. But lots of hats and laughs.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 24Below: Sabine posing like a professional model with great gloves, finding shoes she really liked (one size too big) and a pug for Suzanne.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 25Below: another great shop with vintage and new clothes: Jutka & Riska.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 26Below: they also sell up-market clothes from f.i. Spijkers & Spijkers (again). Ron tried to “sell” me this coat a couple of months ago. As I wasn’t sure of the size, I declined. And I am glad for that, as I saw at Jutka & Riska that the material of the coat was already fuzzing in the shop. Which I didn’t mind as I thought the coat looked quite good on me and would have been heart-broken I declined it earlier. Now I was not.
Ann from Blue Hue Wonderland showed a similar coat in one of her posts.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 27Below: Anke showing a rather quaint topAmsterdam Haarlemmerstr 28Below: a great way of knowing whether something suits you, is a friend taking photos while you are trying it on. Sabine bought this top (she was too lazy to try it on properly; just tried it over her blouse). I saw her wearing this top with a gold coloured jacket and matching skinnies. Stunning outfit.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 29Below: I loved these hat things at Gallery Hooffzaak, number 54hs. These… hats? bonnets? are such good art, made by Karin Marseille. Have a look at the photographs taken by Sigel Eschkol of eight of her beautiful objects.Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 31Below: last vintage shop we managed in one day: Marbles at Haarlemmerdijk 64, They had quite a collection and Anke stumbled upon great boots for next to nothing (and bought them).Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 30Below: just because they had some lovely colourful knick knacks and bags etc. I have included Cellarrich at Haarlemmerdijk 98Amsterdam Haarlemmerstr 32Well, that was quite a lot, wasn’t it? Hope you liked it and didn’t get bored. If you haven’t already seen my other posts Shopping in Amsterdam, have a look at the top navigation. Under the tab Amsterdam, you will find more. My original invitation to come to Amsterdam in May or September, still stands.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 9 February 2014 / 21:22

    Fucsia, purple and vintage shopping with friends is so my cup of te, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Is tat a top with eyes I see you wearing, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:18

      No Sacramento, no no no. That top with eyes is showed by my friend Anke, not by me and I have not bought it either.
      You know me.. Far too conservative for such things.

  2. Sabine
    9 February 2014 / 21:43

    This post (text and pics) capture the mood & fun we had. Just an absolutely wonderful day.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:19

      Cheers to more of such days!!

  3. 9 February 2014 / 22:11

    Sounds like a fun day, fashion, vintage and friends. Loved you in purple., Jill

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:21

      Thank you Jill. Very kind. And yes it was a super day. A day with a star.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:21

      Glad you like it. I love creating such posts. Do you want to see more in future?

  4. Happiness at Mid Life
    10 February 2014 / 02:14

    As always think you for sharing these shopping trips with us Greetje! I am like your friend, Sabine, most times I just try things over what I am wearing. BTW, I really like your hat – the color suits you so well.


    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:23

      It was great fun to create this post as well. From the shopping and photographing to the selecting and resizing of the photos and the writing.

  5. Ann
    10 February 2014 / 02:42

    So much to like here! I love this hat with your purple coat, it looks both attractive and warm. I also like the pink and red silk coat. I see it as more of a vintage style rather than mother of the bride. I love the animal print coat and thanks for the link back. Did you say you purchased it? Wow you live in a wonderful place to shop.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 09:27

      I am still tempted to buy that itching black and white fur scarf.
      That pink/orange coat is very 2014, but thats no argument for my husband haha. I think the brand is Penny Black.
      And no I did not buy the animal print coat. My husband offered it to me as a present two months ago, but I said no. Now I am pleased I said no as the quality of the material is bad. Which is strange as it is a good brand.

  6. 10 February 2014 / 04:51

    Wow! What a fun day.

    I’m excited about all those great looking shops. Thanks for thinking of me Greetje.

    Your radiant orchid hat is stunning.

    So many great shops and finds.

    That sequinned bustier cracked me up! LOL I don’t think you’ll be wearing that anytime soon.

    Yep…I would have loved those cowboy boots. I’m really looking for red ones.

    That was a super cute looking French bulldog. I love them too.

    You all look super tall and stylish.


      • 13 February 2014 / 00:47

        The ones you are wearing look great. Are they comfortable? I would even take them with contrasting stitching.

        • Greetje
          13 February 2014 / 06:03

          They are very comfortable but need breaking in. After that initial stage they are like uggs.

  7. 10 February 2014 / 08:12

    Bored? No way! I felt like I was part of the party. I can’t even really pick a favourite today, although Sabine’s top is super cute. I agree with Suzanne…you are all so chic and stylish, and tall looking! Sigh….

  8. 10 February 2014 / 09:37

    These kind of posts never bore me! I feel like I was there with you and your lovable friends! I like vintage shops where you can find little treasures! Your purple coat is perfect on you! And the hat is very cute!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 15:17

      If that is how you feel about this post, then I am very pleased. As this is what I want to achieve.

  9. Nanne
    10 February 2014 / 10:37

    Looks like you had a great time, fun to see your photos! I love how you’ve matched your lipstick to your hat 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 15:20

      I always match my lipstick. Just the colour orange is a problem. I wear a lot of orange clothes, but orange lipstick makes my teeth look very yellow. Brown or fuschia are good alternatives.

  10. Lorraine
    10 February 2014 / 14:00

    There is so much I love here I cannot list it. I love the pale fur jacket and also your pink hat. I have also paired my purple coat with pink but not a hat, just gloves and scarf.
    Your friends look great fun. I can never resist trying on hats.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 15:22

      We will try many hats when you come over. You can list your favourite spots from my posts.

  11. 10 February 2014 / 14:18

    Oh, my Goodness! Vintage shops!! Looks like a fun place to shop, Amsterdam. I’ll keep May/Sept in mind 🙂

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 15:23

      It is such a great city. And beautiful architecture. Quite small for a metropole.

  12. 10 February 2014 / 14:57

    Liebe Greetje,
    was für ein toller Tag, danke für diese Einkaufstour! Da bekomme ich wieder richtig Lust nach Amsterdam zu reisen ;-))
    liebe Grüße Marion

    PS: Danke auch für den Link zu Annette!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 15:25

      You are welcome to join us in May or September. Two definite applicants for May and one for September. Also a few “maybes”.

  13. 10 February 2014 / 16:12

    You sure have some incredibly fun shopping buddies. The only gal I have that much fun shopping with is Tori (my daughter). The way you wrote and posted this made me feel as if I were right there beside you three having just as much fun. Thank you for this delightful shopping trip even though it was through a computer screen. Love all those unique little shops, great eye candy looking through the windows. I wanted to grab hold of so many bags, and those cowboy boots. I think that orange/pink indoor jacket looked absolutely fabulous on you. Wouldn’t that be a good find for you national holiday?
    I do need to say, your orchid bonnet is the best! And, it looks fabulous on you, love, love the purple and orchid blend.
    Thank you again for this very fun post.

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 16:25

      Next time I am going to give everybody a questionnaire. Asking whether there are subjects you miss, whether you want me to continue with these series etc.
      Glad you liked it dear.

  14. 10 February 2014 / 19:32

    Amsterdam appears to be a shopping paradise. Is it safe to say that is true? I would go crazy in the vintage store. And Yes to your furry fuschia cap!

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 19:57

      Yes Amsterdam is perfect but New York is better I think, reading Elle’s blog. Don’t you think?

  15. 10 February 2014 / 19:59

    Boring? Are you kidding? People dressing up, varied shops, talk about food… You and your friends must have turned heads everywhere, there’s nothing more attractive than people having a good time! Lucky you didn’t get that coat before…

    • Greetje
      10 February 2014 / 22:00

      It is our crazy loud laughing that turns everybody’s head LOL.

  16. josep-maria
    10 February 2014 / 22:11

    Another wonderful visit Amsterdam shopping, thank you very much for you do gives them to this beautiful city. You, and your friends, amuse you much, right? I really like the coats you tried you, especially the first, two tone red and small stripes, he is cute. the latter is also lovely, with that sort of animal print. But the best part is your whole street, with lovely purple coat and nice hat.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:18

      Ah.. thank you my dear friend. I am so glad you liked it. These posts are so much fun for me to create.

  17. LoriM
    10 February 2014 / 22:19

    This was so fun to read, even though I don’t enjoy shopping! I love the Netherlands – I was there as a child in 1969. My mother’s grandfather was from Friesland, I believe, so we say we are part Dutch even though we live in the US. And I have read many stories about Holland, esp during the difficult days of WWII. I would love to see all the history again, as an adult. I might even go shopping with you, you made it look so fun! 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:26

      You are welcome to join us. I don’t think we will be shopping for three whole days, but who knows? I have proven I can do it haha. No seriously, my visitors decide what they want me to show. Amsterdam has a lot to offer.
      Aas for your heritage….Friesland is the northern part (north east) of Holland where they speak their own language (really). It sounds a bit like Dutch, but it is much more than a dialect, it really is a whole different language. And to think you can drive from north to south in three hours. Bizarre for such a small country.

  18. Rosemary
    10 February 2014 / 23:01

    Bored?! You must be kidding! How I love seeing all the shops you wen to and the fabulous things. I think I will just die when I start hitting these wonderful shops. Each time I see your travelogue/shopping excursions, it reminds me of being in Amsterdam and what a marvellous place it is. Even better when you know where to go shopping!!

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary from

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:27

      Have you made a list yet? Of places or shops you want to visit? Have I inspired you with all my posts?

  19. Elle
    11 February 2014 / 03:43

    Oh Greetje, I don’t know where to start!
    This shopping expedition sounds like ( and seems from the photos) like such a joyful, riotous romp!
    You had me at the word cappucino, but when on to glorious shops, a fabulous hair gallery, some pretty risque shops ( yay, you!) . What a wonderful day. Love your pink hat! I loved it with the scarf , too, maybe it will go on sale, and I really think you should buy the red- orange coat!! The color is brilliant on you! Your friends are darling!

    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:35

      Hahaha.. Some pretty risque shops… they are considered quite normal in the big city, but I agree, this one showed the more risque stuff.
      Why did “I have you at the word cappuccino”? How to spell it? (This is a language thing.)

      • Elle
        11 February 2014 / 20:21

        Silly me, it is a reference to the movie “when Harry Met Sally”,
        and it was meant as an analogy, and a compliment. If you do not know the movei, it is a treat to rent, a bit dated, so a great watch!
        Happy Tuesday dear Greetje!

        • Greetje
          11 February 2014 / 23:01

          I know the movie, just not by heart. I remember the sentence of the woman at the other table: ” I am having whatever she is having”. Hahaha.

          • Elle
            11 February 2014 / 23:43

            I stand corrected, that was the most memorable quote from that movie, I also had the line mixed up, the line ” You had me at hello” came from Jerry Maquire with Tom Cruise, which is a good date night movie, by the way..
            XX, Elle

  20. 11 February 2014 / 06:09

    Hats! Vintage! I would love to visit this area of your city! I could spend days, I am sure.

    You are glorious in your radiant orchid hat.

    Nothing about this post is boring. Fascinating is the word that comes to mind.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:37

      Fascinating… Oh goodie, that is what I want my posts to be. Sometimes I succeed. Yeah!
      As for the hats, I am aftaid you would be rather disappointed. They were not as pretty as yours. Rather boring really.

  21. 11 February 2014 / 10:01

    There are lot of things that I like in this post but the most important thing is your smiles. I think it was a perfect shopping and funny day!!!


    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:49

      Yes it was a perfect day. And we laughed so much. We must have been a pain for lots of shops haha.

  22. Marianne
    11 February 2014 / 17:39

    A wonderful way to get to know Amsterdam. I am not familiar with the Haarlemmerstraat as shopping area but this really is an eyeopener. Love your hat and blouse. I think it is a very good idea that you are wearing hats now they really suit you.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 19:53

      You are so kind. Yes Haarlemmerstraat has really changed. It is still an upcoming area; it has not “arrived” yet. Which is why you will find really daft shops and places as well as up-market shops. Sooner or later, the quaint shops will disappear when the rent goes up. Inevitable, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts.

  23. Marie S
    11 February 2014 / 21:32

    Great fun post Greetje! Looks like you all had a great time. Loved the fllipagram too and the upbeat soundtrack 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 February 2014 / 23:04

      That song is following me since the beginning of this year and the start of my mantra: “be positive”. At the strangest moments it is played. Coincidence?

    • Greetje
      12 February 2014 / 17:07

      Have you seen my other Amsterdam posts? You will find so many more shops for your list haha. Just look at the top navigation and click the tab Amsterdam.

  24. fashmr paul
    12 February 2014 / 23:44

    What a wonderful, wonderful post ! – fantastic pictures. Looks like you had a great day.

    • Greetje
      13 February 2014 / 06:00

      Yes, we certainly had a great day. Nothing beats good company.

  25. 13 February 2014 / 21:23

    Waaaaa! I want to go toooooo! You kids looked like you had such a blast. What great stuff! This is what I really miss about urban life. Oh, well … you let me tag along via your blog, and I love it. How smart of you to take your models with you!

    And I LOVE your hair. Looks so good on you. Are you happier with it? Can’t make my do anything today. I need a trim, but must wait till next week.

    Thank you again. I just love these.

    • Greetje
      13 February 2014 / 22:33

      Yes, you don’t strike me as a country girl. I wiill continue with these posts, but they won’t always be so much fun. That is a part which you cannot force. And I am very glad you liked it.

  26. 13 February 2014 / 22:44

    This seems to have been a so joyful journey.
    Thanks for sharing all this with us.
    You look amazing in your purple coat and bonnet in Radiant Orchid.

    • Greetje
      14 February 2014 / 07:30

      Thank you Nanda. Radiant Orchid is a colour I have always loved so I am pleased it is in fashion now. Still have lots of clothes in my wardrobe in that colour.

  27. 14 February 2014 / 23:55

    You and your girlfriends look like you’ve had a ton of fun. And that long red coat looked fantastic on you, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be – that’s OK! Some other great piece will come along another time.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2014 / 17:50

      Great pieces come along ALL of the time. Which is my biggest problem. LOL

  28. 15 February 2014 / 11:43

    Great shopping report Greetje. I always start in the Haarlemmerstraat on my shopping trips to Amsterdam but have never really done the vintage stores justice. I did not realise there were so many. Looking forward to shopping there this summer! Fabulous hat!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2014 / 17:52

      Thanks Sylvia. For these posts I approach the shops differently. I just go into all of them to see what they offer. Rather than deciding looking at their window display.

  29. 15 February 2014 / 11:43

    Great shopping report Greetje. I always start in the Haarlemmerstraat on my shopping trips to Amsterdam but have never really done the vintage stores justice. I did not realise there were so many. Looking forward to shopping there this summer! Fabulous hat!

  30. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    15 February 2014 / 19:40

    That was one fab shopping trip Greet…..that store is a treasure chest of the most fab finds and I love how you dressed the part!


    • Greetje
      15 February 2014 / 19:58

      Thanks Rebecca. It was so much fun… as well this day as making this post.

  31. Jean at Dross into Gold
    2 March 2014 / 18:23

    I didn’t read all the comments but I’m sure I’m not alone in loving this post!! What a fabulous fun day. The shops look amazing. I haven’t had that kind of shopping extravaganza in years. I love the way the vintage shops are mixed in with the other boutiques. Shopping, food, and friends? Heavenly. XXOO

    • Greetje
      2 March 2014 / 20:57

      If you click on the button Amsterdam in the top navigation of my blog, you can find more tours.
      :-). Unfortunately I love shopping, especially with friends. Which leaves me broke all the time.

  32. 31 March 2014 / 04:50

    How fun! Still waiting for such friends. Looks like such nice times.

    You really are adorable and so full of life 🙂

    Mama to 8
    One homemade and 7 adopted

    • Greetje
      31 March 2014 / 17:02

      Well Kimmie, it is easy for me to go on such trips. I only have one stepdaughter who has already left home. You have 8 children so that will probably take up all your time. But yes it was a very nice day. Thank you for your compliments.

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