Unique Boutiques in Amsterdam
From vintage shops in the Nine Streets to upscale designer boutiques on chi-chi P.C. Hoofstraat and funky fair trade wear on Haarlemmerstraat, Amsterdam is a mecca for shoppers. Reflecting the diversity of its population, the city encompasses many one-of-a-kind establishments featuring imported wares from Russia, Western Europe and the Far East. Here are a few colorful options for shopaholics.

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For Play: Amsterdam's Condomerie

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Recognizable by the gaggle of camera-toting tourists who routinely gather to gawk at one of Amsterdam's funniest shop windows, The Condomerie proffers colorful condoms and other contraceptive methods in all shapes, sizes, flavors and colors, as well as a selection of erotic paraphernalia. To celebrate holidays, sports matches and other special events, fancy condoms are sometimes displayed as soccer teams and in other unlikely scenes.

You're in luck if you want your dick to look like a black cactus, Santa or the Statue of Liberty. Purchase a Fun Pack or other sexy souvenir for that boyfriend back home or pick up a Trial Pack to experiment with different condom brands, sizes and textures. Size does matter here, and you can order custom condoms based on measurements you submit of your erect penis (directions available online).

Set on Warmoesstraat just off the famed Red Light District—where much of the erotic action happens—The Condomerie was founded in 1987 by two savvy women concerned about the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases. The shop's knowledgeable sales people contribute to a fun approach to responsible sex that makes it a pleasure to play it safe between the sheets.

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by Melissa Adams
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