I've been there only once and mainly circled around the main stores. Bijenkorf and such. Not even a glimpse of the red light district. There was one amazing little vintage boutique with a lot of designer shoes for €30 a pair. It's called '1953' and you find it on the Staalstraat 2. Stumbled upon it by accidence while searching for the centrum I also loved the bookstores in Amsterdam, they have all the books off my list To answer your question, finding decent clothing shouldn't come expensive in Amsterdam, but I don't know what prices you're used to. Otherwise you'll always have 5 different H&Ms to choose from As for going out I advise Paradiso (Weteringschans 6-, a lot of good bands and artists play there.