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Interesting shopping areas include Oude Molstraat and Denneweg in the center city, where there's a concentration of authentic Dutch stores. Connected to Centraal station, the modern Babylon shopping mall has two floors with more than 60 stores, restaurants, and a luxury hotel.

A network of pedestrian streets offers a big selection of stores on Spuistraat, Vlamingstraat, Venestraat, and Hoogstraat. The covered Passage, Holland's oldest "mall," is an elegant 19th-century arcade running from Spuistraat to Gravenstraat, a block from the Binnenhof. Two upmarket department stores nearby are worth checking out: De Bijenkorf, Wagenstraat 32 (tel. 0900/0919; www.bijenkorf.nl), in a stunning example of functional early-20th-century architecture, stands on Grote Marktstraat; and the stiffly chic Maison de Bonneterie, Gravenstraat 2 (tel. 070/330-5300; www.debonneterie.nl), which is on Buitenhof.

Noordeinde and Oude Molenstraat are home to fashion boutiques, antiquarian booksellers, and expensive delicatessens. Leading off from Lange Voorhout, Denneweg and Frederikstraat are lined with high-priced antiques, interior-design stores, and specialist boutiques. One of the largest interior-design stores is Loft Interiors, Denneweg 56 (tel. 070/346-4842; www.loft.nl), part of which is in a stunning 1899 iron-and-glass showroom.

Among the top shopping attractions are a number of fine antiques stores and a weekly antiques and book market under the canopy of trees on Lange Voorhout. The market runs May to September on Thursday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Year-round on Wednesday, there's an organic farm market on the square around the Grote Kerk from 11am to 6pm.

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