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    Bicycle shops: Hoofdingang?

    by Nemorino Updated Sep 1, 2012

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    With so many people riding bicycles, it comes as no surprise that there are numerous bicycle shops in Groningen.

    The only one I actually went to was the one in the first photo, which I naively thought was called “Hoofdingang” because that’s what it says over the door.

    Later I realized that “Hoofdingang” simply means “main entrance”, similar to the German word “Haupteingang”. (There is another entrance around to the side, which gets you into their repair shop.)

    What I was looking for was a luggage strap, which I bought there for a very reasonable price.

    Second, third and fourth photos: Other bike shops that I noticed while I was riding around Groningen.

    Next: Bicycle rentals

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    INVITO: A late Saturday afternoon shoe purchase

    by gordonilla Updated Jan 25, 2010

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    Willem and Viola

    I had arrived late in the central area, and was unsure what to do but then thought about some shopping. I came across this store, one of two in close proximity to each other.

    There was excellent service provided by the two staff, Viola and Willem. I wanted to buy a certain style of shoe, and the size was not quite right, however they checked with a nearby branch and sadly they only had the same sizes. Luckily they fit - as I tend to buy a size larger than I need.

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    Culishop: Endless varieties of sauces & mustards and more

    by ATLC Written Apr 12, 2008

    A franchise concept for all sorts of culinary delights. The shop also has a kitchen where specialities are made.

    What to buy: Sauces, mustards, jams, jellies, marmelades, baking mixes, oil and vinegars, fruitbutters, spreads, chutneys and a section of body care products.
    Apart from that, fun kitchen aids, baking utensils, etc.

    What to pay: Their website offers all the prices. In the shop itself I did not see much prices which is a bit of a downer.

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    Supermarkets: Grocery Shopping

    by peaceness98 Updated Apr 14, 2005

    If your shopping for Groceries..your main shops will be:

    Albert Heijn: High end, more expensive than rest, popular because of wide selection- there's an excellent one in Grote Market built in an old building with three gods guarding the enterance..very cute and hard to miss..if you keep walking straight from leaving the train station for about 1 kilometer you'll hit it.

    Aldi: Cheaper, lots of stuff

    Lidl: Also cheaper, lots of stuff

    Super De Boer: Not as cheap as Ali or Lidl, but cheaper than Albert Heijn- the one i go to is close to Regentesstraat, smack by the canal

    UPDATE: my favourite grocery shopping spot is Albert Heijn, get yourself a (free) bonus card, the more you shop the more discounts you get

    What to buy: If you're shopping in the netherlands, most of labels are in dutch and not english...some general stuff i remember by now:

    Kip: Chicken
    Vlees: Flesh...so kipvlees is chicken flesh..
    Hum: Ham
    Sukker: Sugar

    You can always ask any of the store help, their friendly in general and speak english..

    What to pay: Grocery is slightly more expensive then in the US, comparable to the UK.everything is available..

    Quality is great and variety wide

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    Heerestraat: All the Dutch chains in one street

    by Emile72 Written Apr 7, 2005
    Shopping in Groningen's mainstreet

    If you want to shop in Groningen, you can easily spend a whole day (or more). The Heerestraat is Groningen's biggest shopping street and all the famous brands/shops can be found there. Doesn't diifer that much from any other city in the Netherlands (see picture). The markets (Groote Markt and Vismarkt) are interesting places where you can find a lot of things. And be sure to check out all the little streets around the markets and the Heerestraat. More detail shops are to be found there and also in the Ebbingestraat.

    What to buy: My favorite place: The travel book section of Scholten & Wristers between the Groote Markt and Vismarkt.

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    Cartoon Stuff Shop (Forgot its name...): Cartoon Stuff Shop

    by peaceness98 Written Feb 17, 2005

    There's this cute tiny comic/cartoon items shop on the side of the road between Grote Market and the train station, you'll see a spongebob or a betty boop t-shirt smirking at you

    To get there:

    Ok, so you're standing in front of Albert Heijne Supermarket building in the middle of Grote Market
    If your back is facing Albert Heijn, take your right and keep keep walking straight down the alley...as if your walking towards the cinema or the train station

    You'll probably find a spongebob staring at you from your right

    What to buy: Tshirts, mugs, socks, etc
    Plenty of things Cartoon related

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    Xenos: Xenos

    by peaceness98 Updated Feb 16, 2005

    Xenos is a cheap place, you'll find alot of students walking in and out..
    here you'll find candles, lighters, scents, gardening stuff/seeds, vases, boxes, some general food items like pasta sauces and dips etc..

    What to buy: I found a funny Opuim scented candel here...!

    What i ended up buying though were some cheap boxes for my flat, and candles and some herb mixed olive oil and olives..

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    Anywhere: Shopping Bag

    by peaceness98 Written Feb 16, 2005

    If you're going shopping in the Netherlands (and overall to be an environmentally concious person) buy yourself a cheap shopping bag to put your stuff in
    Their available all over..in different styles and sizes (trollys, messenger bags, backpacks, etc)

    Otherwise, normally you pay a small amount for plastic bags at shops here.

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    The globetrotter: Connecting cultures

    by nighthawk Updated Dec 6, 2004

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    Globetrotter shop, Groningen

    This shop focusses on worldly culture. Travel guide books of all countries, maps, beautiful cook books, thrilling travel stories and music from all over the world make you wanna travel asap.
    The unique thing for Groningen is the extensive collection of music from all over the world and the jazz section: at least 3000 titels are available and it s kept actualized as much as possible.
    The shop owner imports much himself, so prices aren t too outrageous, travel guide books like Lonely Planet (in English) are proof of that.

    What to buy: It s a pity but the shop no longer excists :s .... went looking for it but it has gone :(.

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    Van der Leij: Cheese!

    by nighthawk Written Dec 6, 2004

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    Cheese

    Van der Leij has any cheese you might desire, ah well, almost.
    He seems to be quite famous too, and has been in this street forever.
    And the smell in this shop, if you love cheese, you might never wanna leave ;)

    What to buy: Cheese cheese cheese!

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    Folkingestraat

    by nighthawk Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    Folkingestraat

    Like Amsterdam has its 'Jordaan', so is the 'Folkingestreet' the folksy part of Groningen. For ages this street was the beating heart of the Jew community of Groningen. Many stories are known: Mrs Gaarkeuken who kept the shiny, high hats of the committee in her cupboard bed; butcher Gosschalk who had the first shop window; Benjamin Stoppelman, shoe salesman, who hided his trade under the floor. After the war the boxes only had right foot shoes....;Mozes Nieveen, every day during the war he said to his neighbour: 'You still here?'

    The synagogue, the rabbinate house and the houses, where once Jew and Dutch lived peacifully together are still standing as silent witnesses of a lost fight between tolerance and misunderstanding.
    Finally the synagogue became sjoel again after being laundrette for years and a brothel disappeared from the rabbinates house.

    The old multi color returned. This is just one street, every street has its own history. Where possible, I will add this information.

    What to buy: The Folkingestraat nowadays is a colourful street where one can shop multi culti.
    Especially in summer it is a bit as if the old times re-live: lot of folks in the street, people sitting out side, music, talking.

    On the photograph you can see the shop where once was a horse butcher. A tile plaque at the left still reminds us of it.

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    Wir war: Games games games!

    by nighthawk Written Jul 30, 2004
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    Little shop stuffed with games, all sorts of them, suitable for ages 0-100.
    They also sell jig saw puzzle, the most weird variations they got.

    Nice couple that owns it and they are always willing to help.

    What to buy: Games of course! Never can visit and leave without a game! Deck of cards if money is tight.

    What to pay: General prices, not a lot more expensive than when bought in a toy store.

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    AH (Supermarket): Groceries in Style

    by aukjejetty Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    Photo from website, before it was a supermarket

    This is probably the most beautiful supermarket of the country (look up!) It is housed in a historical building at the "vismarkt" (fishmarket square). The name of the building is "Korenbeurs" and used to be tradescentre.

    Above the entrance there are three statues: Mercury (god of water and sea), Neptune (god of trade and profit) and Ceres (godess of agriculture). The photo on the left shows the building before it became a supermarket.

    What to buy: While you are here, why not buy some fresh fruit or some bread for the day.

    What to pay: This supermarket-chain is a bit more expensive than average.

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    Weekly Street Markets: Markets

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 24, 2003

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    Flower Stall

    On the following days these markets can be visited:

    - Tuesday from 9.00-17.00:
    vegetables, fruit, flowers, textiles, fish, and general wares on the Vismarkt and Grote Markt.
    Flowers and plants on the A-kerkhof (next to the Aa Church, north side)

    - Wednesday from 9.00-17.00:
    small biological market on the Vismarkt.
    Thursday from 13.00-21.00: non-food market on the Grote Markt.

    - Friday 9.00-17.00:
    vegetables, fruit, flowers, textiles, fish, and general wares on the Vismarkt and Grote Markt.
    Flowers and plants on the A-kerkhof (next to the Aa Church, north side).

    Saturday from 9.00-17.00:
    vegetables, fruit, flowers, textiles, fish, and general wares on the Vismarkt and Grote Markt.
    Flowers and plants on the A-kerkhof (next to the Aa Church, north side).

    Sunday from 13.00-17.00:
    various wares on the Grote Markt.

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    vismarkt: Market

    by tompt Updated Sep 8, 2003

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    Almost every day there is a market in Groningen on the Vismarkt and Grote Markt.

    This picture is from the Vismarkt. On the square in front of the Korenbeurs you can buy everything from flowers to fish.

    Opening times:
    tuesday to saturday : 08.00-17.00
    thursday : 12.00-21.00

    Tuesday and Saturday are the biggest markets. Other days there are less stalls.

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