Shopping is always fun, but what’s the point of traveling to a different/new city if you are only going to enter an enclosed air-conditioned shopping mall which might as well be anywhere else on the planet? Same brands, same goods, perhaps different prices but don’t tell me you traveled all the way to Amsterdam just to try and save a few bucks/euros on that enter_generic_brand_here coat or pair of pants? No, no, no…if you made it to Amsterdam and want to do some shopping – you really ought to check out the city markets. Not only are they all unique, but there’s quite a few around the city offering everything from food and clothes to electronics, souvenirs, art and second hand goods. And they really are in Amsterdam – you can see it, you can feel it, and you can even smell it in the air.