Of course there are shops in Amsterdam too, but like many Dutch we like a bargain. Why pay 139 euro in Amsterdam for a jeans when the same one costs 89 euro in Cologne. So what we save, even after the cost of gas, is far more and we have a great day out. Maybe we can finish it off with an ice-cream cone at Neumarkt. And no it doesn’t have to be as big as the one on the photo [then we need a bigger size in clothing to begin with].