A guide to the best vintage spots in Amsterdam

The exterior of a vintage clothing store called Concrete Matter in Amsterdam.

Across the city, the environmentally and style-conscious residents of Amsterdam are finding vintage gold. We share some of their favourite spots

By Mikael Jack Friday 20 September, 2019

Amsterdam is known for many things: the canals, and the crooked buildings and houses that line their banks; rule-defying cyclists; art, museums and historical monuments; tulips; cheese; the red-light district and coffee shops, or is that coffeeshops? But what rarely gets top billing is the Dutch capital’s retail might, especially when it comes to vintage fashion. Just a few steps from Soho House are some of the best and rarest second-hand pieces, ready to be discovered. In with the old.
Man modelling pinstriped trousers and red converse shoes
green jacket and white t-shirt on a mannequin
Concrete Matter (courtesy of Concrete Matter)


This designer consignment’s well-mixed edit means you’ll be as likely to find that Zara shirt you regretted not buying and rare Nikes you definitely didn’t get the chance to buy, while browsing the Gucci and Celine.
Maasstraat 146, 1079 BK;deruilhoek.nl


Stop here on your way to De Ruilhoek for a similar selection to Vintage Jungle, with exquisite and rare homewares and an international mix of styles.
Eerste Jan Steenstraat 81HS, 1072 NE; indianaweg10.com
Wooden shoe horns
open air furniture market
I.J-Hallen (courtesy of I.J-Hallen)


This isn’t a store, it’s vintage paradise, and a day out that also involves a trip on the ferry from Centraal station. The biggest flea market in Europe, up to 750 stands comprise IJ-Hallen’s regular markets (check its website for dates). Furnishings and clothing mix with other vintage treasures. This is where boutique owners come looking for stock, so beat them to it and you’ll make back the €5 entrance fee in no time. TT Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB; ijhallen.nl


If you have enough post-IJ-Hallen energy, stop at Rumors near Centraal station. Nineties co-ords and 1960s platforms, Western boots and jackets, Burberry trench coats and classic sportswear awaits. Something for everyone.
Haarlemmerstraat 99, 1013 EM; @rumorsvintage

Lead image: Concrete Matters (courtesy of Concrete Matters)
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