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Made In Amsterdam: Local Souvenir Tour

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Forget buying another pair of clog slippers — uncover authentic Amsterdam souvenirs on this sustainable shopping tour that takes you to a super-cool t-shirt shop, a portrait studio, and a store selling artistic pieces from up-cycled materials.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover three unique shops selling locally designed items in the heart of Amsterdam
  • Chat with shop owners about their work and learn the stories behind their businesses
  • Shop for cool craft pieces, upcycled keepsakes, or buy a sustainable t-shirt from a local entrepreneur
  • Learn about the history of manufacturing and commerce in Amsterdam
  • Get a free portrait at a quirky photography studio that’s been voted one of the city’s top tourist attractions
Full description
Discover the city center of Amsterdam on a shopping tour that will show you three uniquely local shops that are worth your browsing time. But this is more than just a shop till you drop experience. You won’t just hunt for locally produced goods, you’ll get to speak directly with the shop owners and learn the stories behind their unique, fun and responsible products. Every stop on this two-hour Amsterdam tour offers a historical connection, a responsible focus, and authentic local inspiration. You might pick up a locally-produced craft item or maybe a handmade t-shirt. The portrait photograph from the studio is included in the tour price, so you’ll definitely have at least one memorable keepsake from this experience. Please note that the local supplier receives no commission from any sales that are made on this tour, so you can be sure that the money you spend is going directly back to support local, independent artists.

The first shop you visit will be in the Red Light District, a neighborhood under transformation and with hundreds of years of history as a commercial hub. Today, the district is a shopping gem, and you will walk through the tiny streets and meet a few entrepreneurs who have decided to invest in this colorful area. Make your way to a local store that produces items made from waste — their main material being salvaged and recycled bicycle parts. Then cross the Dam Square to meet the second shop owner, for a novelty gift with historic flair. Located behind the New Church in the heart of the city, discover a portrait photography studio that has been named one of the top tourist attractions by local newspaper poll — but it’s definitely not a tourist trap! Many of the local shops in the area have photos of themselves, dressed in costumes, taken at this portrait studio. There’s also a lot of local tradition in portrait art — the Dutch were one of the leaders in portraits, and you’ll discover yourself how important this art form is to local culture. 

Finally, finish things off in the Jordaan area, meeting the last merchant. Visit a small company that sells responsibly made and locally designed/printed t-shirts. The shirts are from organic materials, and the shop operates on a small, local scale, thereby avoiding the constraints that come with being a bigger manufacturing company. The Dutch have a clouded — if not outright hostile — history when it comes to the production of goods, and you will learn about this, as well as how the Dutch are being proactive in the 21st century with respect to fair trade. Your tour will end here, but before you go, feel free to ask your guide for any other tips on where to shop, eat, drink and discover local life while you’re in Amsterdam.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One portrait photo per person
  • A donation to "Amsterdam Locals", a charity that supports diabetes and cancer research
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Any additional costs for items purchased above the set retail vouchers
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
  • Vouchers for children aged 11 and under

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

De Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 25, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

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Important information
Know before you go
For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Child policy for 2018:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children aged 11 and under are permitted to join this tour free of charge, however, they will not be given vouchers for the shops.

Child policy for 2019:
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 can join at no cost.