Art and antique shoppers can have a great time in Amsterdam. The Spiegelkwartier (literally; Mirror Quarter) is where you head if you’re on the hunt for a unique present or merely want to look at beautiful objects. This quarter is crammed with lovely galleries displaying top notch art works and little antique boutique shops where you’ll find treasures such as Dutch Delftware crockery, Art Nouveau objects and even genuine ancient Greek and Roman artefacts.
The Spiegelkwartier district is located very close to both the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, so simply cross the bridge opposite the Rijksmuseum and you’ll be able to top up your art intake in this historic area around the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. Amsteram Apartment has many rentals around here, so chances are you won't have far to go with your shopping bags. There are also a few really good eateries in the Spiegelkwartier, so you can’t go wrong really if you spend a rainy Saturday afternoon hunting for objects or dishes of your desire.
Modern fine art masterpieces not on display in the Rijkmuseum (which, as it so happens, used to purchase many art works from the traders in the Spiegelkwartier in the first half of the 20th century) can be purchased from traders like Gallery Delaive, which has secured a role as exclusive representative of Sam Francis’ art works and also deals in works by Warhol, Chagall or Karel Appel, as do the traders at Chagall-Galerie Wuyt. Kramer Art & Antiques also has real gems on display. Less expensive genuine art, for instance works from the Cobra artists, you’ll find at Jaski Art.
Tired of art? How about furniture, genuine icons or old maps? The Spiegelkwartier offers genuinely great antique furniture, some of which dates to the 17th century and some of which is from Indonesia. The oldest religious icon gallery in Amsterdam Tóth Ikonen sells antique Russian icons from anywhere between the 16th to the 19th century.
For old prints and maps, head to Hoogkamp Antiquariaat, where the selection of etchings is especially interesting, with plenty of canal houses and bridges on offer. For rare original antique maps this is also the place to visit. Aside from all that, the antiquarian also happens to have plenty of original and reproduction botanical drawings.