Amsterdam -- She Shops, Shops, Shops
shops that made me smile...
Trade is a gift shop
designed to win the heart of every
woman who loves to travel. As the
name implies, all objects for sale
in this store have been manufactured
under proper conditions and artisans
have been paid a fair wage. The items
on offer are diverse and delightful
- paper parasols from Thailand, embroidered
suede cosmetic bags from India, ceramic
water flutes from Vietnam and puppets
from Indonesia. A world class collection!
I don't usually spend
a lot of time in department stores
but I popped into Hema
for a quick look around. Items here
are very reasonably priced, designs
are modern, colourful and often whimsical.
I came away with super soft cotton
underwear in hot pinks and pale blues
for the kiddies in my family and spent
less for these items than I would
have paid at home. Several local women
also told me that this is where they
usually buy their bedding, kitchen
supplies and toys for children. There
are several locations in Amsterdam.
Tuinen is a natural
food store stocking everything from
beauty products to an impressive tea
selection to vitamin supplements and
gift items. This is where I picked
up snacking food for my hotel room
and the airplane - trail mix including
loads of dried fruit and a selection
of nuts and berries. I'm told that
on weekends, weary shoppers can stop
by for a 10-minute chair massage.
Therapists work on your neck, shoulders,
arms and hands, making you good-as-new
so you can continue on your way totally
relaxed. (Leidsestraat 32) Fee: eight
If you're a Journeywoman that craves
only natural food products and produce,
seek out De
133), Amsterdam's main health food
And, if you're a Journeywoman
who'd like to add some Dutch design
to your wardrobe, a stop at Pauw
is highly recommended. Their women's
clothing line is designed in the Netherlands
with the stylish Dutch woman in mind.
Who knows? Maybe one of their pieces
will be just right for you. You can
see some of their collection at http://www.pauw.nl.
There are many Pauw locations in Amsterdam.
I chose Leidsestraat 16.
Lonesome for the tastes
of home? Homesick Brits and North
Americans will love Eichholtz
shop is filled to the brim with all
the items and brands you might be
missing - Pop Tarts, Oreos, Pringles
Chips, Christmas Pudding, pizza mix,
Kraft marshmallows, and more, more,
more. Leidsestraat 48.
||Finally, make your way to Xantippe,
Amsterdam's women's bookstore and resource
center. The last time I visited they
offered visitors a complimentary listing
of "women's places" in the
city. They also stocked a fun supply
of female-friendly postcards. Prinsengracht
facts and fun items...
Amsterdam there are:
theatres and concert halls
animals at the zoo
16-18th century buildings
bulb flowers in public places
and a partridge in a pear tree.
anything from tulips to cheese to windmills,
where to stay and where to go, be sure to
check out the Netherlands Board of Tourism
Netherlands nationwide tourist info bureau
is called the VVV.
In Amsterdam, they have four locations--
(1) inside Centraal Station,
(2) outside Centraal Station,
(3) on the corner of Leidsestraat and Leidseplein
(4) as well as one office at Stadionplein.
is friendly, courteous and oh-so-willing to
help. They will assist with everything from
booking accommodation, to finding a fun restaurant,
to providing maps of the city. Main telephone
number: 06 340 34066