Women in Amsterdam are very stylish and appear to love fashion. The stores are packed with enthusiastic and seemingly well off shoppers. Amsterdam has many one-of-a-kind specialty stores and department stores. It is a great place for shopping and people watching. Besides streets with lively people Amsterdam has many fabulous art and speciality museums.
Amsterdam was one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). The city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a cruise down one or more is great way to enjoy the city.
The Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses is a favorite of fashionistas. It has 500 years of bag and purse history in a 17th century canal house. The museum provides an overview of the history of the Western ladies bag. It is the only museum of bags and purses in Europe. The collection includes bridal bags, pockets, coin purses, reticules, satchels, evening bags, shoulder bags and designer handbags. Besides the permanent collection the museum presents temporary exhibitions with special themes.