Magna Plaza is a beautiful structure inside and out. Outside of course showing historic architecture, while inside you have a shopping center lol. It's still a great sight on the inside and even if you don't plan to shop, it's worth a peak. The times I've been here, it hasn't been that busy. Most people just pass it by.
Well. It's your typical high-end American-like shopping mall in Amsterdam. BUT. here's a fun fact that I learned that's pretty cool. The architecture here is astounding... you know why? Because this used to be a post office. In fact, if you look underneath the Magna Plaza sign in the front, it still says post office underneath because they didn't bother removing it. Anyways, the original building was designed by this Dutch architect who was a pro at designing post offices--apparently he invented post office gothic. So yeah, the architecture is awesome.
The mall itself, is swanky and high-end, but just a mall at the end of the day. Oh the woes of globalization. There's actually really not that much variety or options in the mall. I'd rather shop on the streets which have a few more brands and everything. No food inside either.
tldr; dull mall, but beautiful post office gothic architecture on the outside; hint, take a look underneath the magna plaza sign for a surprise
I'm not too sure of all the other businesses but I know there is a restaurant, cheese shop and clothing shops inside this mid-sized mall - Magna Plaza, which include stands providing services. I had tunnel vision only for one thing on visiting Magna Plaza. I actually came here for the Re:mbrandt - All his paintings exhibit on the lower level. If anyone is into art, this is well worth an hour or so of ones time. I came here on a weekend afternoon and there were barely any visitors. It was like three others and myself. The Re:mbrandt exhibit is on the lower level in the Magna Plaza and there is a giftshop with overpriced souvenirs like books, overpriced umbrellas and bags in the shape of a Tulip for 200 or so Euros as example of what's for sale.
The exhibit info can be fount at their website: rembrandtallhispaintings…
Anyway, the artwork on display is supposedly remastered, and each one is vivid in it's contrast and angle. If Rembrandt painted like what's on display, I can see why he is a master. The color in shading is apparent in lightness to prevalence. The dimensions in his artwork is life like. The exhibit says "all" his work is here but I can't account on that. All I can say is that there is a large number of his pieces on display here. They are basically framed in rolls and aisles on a colored board like, drywall. There is lighting above each and with it's dark and lamp like lighting it creates a perfect tone for each painting.
If you're into art or images of history, like me, particularly the 1600s in this case, well worth learning a few things from a master.
This is a good little shopping spot but there are noticeably quite a few empty spaces. The highlight was Sissy-Boy's downstairs in the basement. Easy to miss if you aren't looking. Lot's of nifty home wares and some nice basic clothing pieces.
The best shopping mall in Amsterdam (not taht there are that many to pick from though). A bit upmarket with some stores carrying high end brands like Dsquared but also more normal priced (but still more expensive than your average fashionbrand) such as G-star, Juicy Couture and Replay.
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