DIY stores in Amsterdam (NL)

 Picture by  Marine Lazarus

Picture by Marine Lazarus

Here are my favourite addresses for shopping hardware, tools and supplies in Amsterdam.

Big Retailers

The easiest is to go to a big retailer. The two main retailers in the Netherlands are Praxis and Gamma. This will be a one-stop shop for most projects. As often with big retailers, prices are not the best you can find, nor is the quality. But if you need standard hardware, entry to middle range tools and stick to plywood and pine, it is a quick and convenient option.

Praxis

Praxis offers a good range of entry to middle range tools and supplies. You will find the basic products for home improvement, gardening and construction projects.

When I lived in Amsterdam I used to buy my lumber at Praxis Riviereenbuurt and walk back home. Carrying lumber on your shoulder for a half-an-hour walk teaches you about material optimisation. After a first painful experience I started spending hours on my plans making sure everything was accounted for and then come up with a cut list that would produce the least waste possible. 

Ironically Praxis opened a store in De Pijp (literally 2 min from my home) the week after I moved out of Amsterdam.

Praxis Website: https://www.praxis.nl

Trompenburgstraat 14A
1079 TX Amsterdam

New store in De Pijp:

Van Woustraat 31-33
1074 AB Amsterdam

(There are a few other locations in Amsterdam that might be closer to your home).

Gamma

Gamma is quite similar to Praxis. I went to Praxis more often simply because it was closer to my home. Thomas, who is now running our operations in Amsterdam, is loyal to Gamma. They carry the same brand, you will find the same products at comparable prices so I would advise to just pick the most convenient.

Gamma Website: https://www.gamma.nl

Aletta Jacobslaan 5
1066 BP Amsterdam

(There are a few other locations in Amsterdam that might be closer to your home).

Independent Shops

If you are looking for a more authentic experience and want to support local businesses, Amsterdam will offer plenty of opportunities.

Hardware (called IJzerwaren) is sold in an "IJzerhandel". There are more independent hardware stores in Amsterdam than any other city I've visited. 

Here are the best ones:

Gunters en Meuser

This one has a great reputation. It is located along the Prinsengracht canal in the Joordan in the city center. The facade of the building alone is worth the journey.

They have a great choice of tools and hardware. They will have pretty much anything you need.

Gunters en Meuser Website:  http://www.guntersenmeuser.nl

Egelantiersgracht 2-BG
1015 RL Amsterdam

De Haan

This is my go-to address. It is located in the De Pijp, between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Gerard Douplein. 

You will find a wide selection of high quality tools, as well as supplies and hardware (a Festool sign above the door is always a sign of excellent taste). The owner is very helpful.

De Haan Website: http://www.dehaangereedschap.nl/

Gerard Doustraat 62
1072 VV Amsterdam

VOLKSRIJWIELHANDEL TORNADO

This is actually a bicycle shop. They have all bicycle parts you may need. Great address for bike maintenance.

What interests us here is their DIY section. Here you will find affordable hand tools (hammer, pliers, utility knife, screwdriver, etc.) and cheap hardware.

Albert Cuypstraat 216
1073 BM Amsterdam

 

Extra: Lumber Yard

Amsterdamsche Fijnhout

For quality lumber you will want to go to Amsterdamsche FijnHout. Going directly to a lumber yard for a first time might be impressive but it will drastically improve the quality of your productions.

You can check their selection on their website.

Amsterdamsche FijnHout Website: https://www.fijnhout.nl/

Minervahavenweg 14
1013 AR Amsterdam