Walking through the "Watergate" one enters a square where an old building has the text "Eerste Electrische Grof-Fijn Scheeps smederij" on it. It means "First Electrical Rough-Fine Shipping Forgery" and these are such nice things to discover in town everywhere. Tiel has several of these old traditional shopwindows or facades. Look around in the shoppingstreets themselves, but also the little alleys leading away from them. They are in for some surprises.
Nice thing of Tiel is that it is very compact and offers some rather old and traditional shops. Whereever you walk, there is always a terrace in the neighborhood that invites you to sit down and rest a little, before you're hunting further for some discount-offers or that one of a kind shirt that you were always looking for.