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6 x the most beautiful Christmas departments in Amsterdam

10 December 2019

this is where you shop the best decoration for your tree!

YES! Sinterklaas and his helpers have returned to Spain and that means the Christmas tree is now officially allowed in the living room. Do you not remember where you left the Christmas decorations from last year? Or did the cat destroy all of your baubles? Or can your Christmas tree use an upgrade anyway? No worries, Amsterdam has gotten a few very fancy Christmas departments. Read on and discover the best Christmas departments in Amsterdam where you shop everything for your tree!

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5 x Christmas departments in Amsterdam to spoil your tree

De Bijenkorf: the number 1 when it comes to Christmas departments. With all that shiny splurge and funny baubles (including feathers, sequins and glitters) it feels like walking through one big Christmas paradis. They got everything for your tree here.

Flying Tiger: of course the Flying Tiger may not be missed in the list of Christmas departments in Amsterdam. This shop is not only the place to go for original and affordable xmas decorations, but as well as for the best Christmas gifts.

Pluk: Pluk is also sharing the Christmas spirit and offers – besides their delicious cakes – very cute Christmas decorations as well. Actually… Pluk has just about everything when it comes to things that make the holidays more festive: from napkins to postcards and from candles to ornaments, everything has the Christmas spirit.

 Hema: reindeers, birds, owls, bright colored baubles and happy garlands, also Hema has a very extensive Christmas department. And did you know that Hema has a Hema Gift Factory this year? In this factory all your gifts can get personalized. How cool!
Sostrene Grene: this Danish interior valhalla opened its first store in the Netherlands last year. Throughout the whole year you can go here for fine items for the home and also for Christmas they got everything you want!
Hudson’s Bay: The new Hudson’s bay needs a spot in this list. A clean, inspirational and a greedy store. It’s time to break your piggy bank, because you probably can’t resist buying something else for yourself. think of a glittery dress, beautiful high heels or make-up?

TIP: discover more Amsterdam and travel tips in my books THE AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE & WANDERLUST!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
THINGS TO DO:
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
FAVOURITE MUSEUMS:
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
SEASONAL:
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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| PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website Travelkids.co & @travelkids.co is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>

With love,

Anne 

@YOURLBB