Tilburg's nr. 1 record store is Tommy. Once they were elected second best record store of The Netherlands (Nr. 1 was Bullit in Eindhoven). This is not a shop for hitparade music, but they do have all styles of popmusic including lesser known artists as well as obscure ones. In the back is a nice and reasonably priced second-hand department.
One of the more famous products from Tilburg is this liquor of 21,5% that is based on 43 different spices. Try it at any bar or buy a bottle at one of the numerous shops that have it on sale. And don't even try to pronounce the name which is local dialect.
Used Before is a small shop with a modern look offering interesting used goods.
Even without buying anything it's nice to go through the merchandise.
The owner has things neatly displayed.
What to buy: Fishing rods, analog & digital camera's, CD's, comics and a lot of brick-a-brack.
What to pay: A few Euros.
Sounds - Records took over the lead position of the Tilburg second hand music resale.
There is a ever refreshing collings of records, CD's and DVD's.
BTW The vinyl section in the rear is run by a different store keeper (Jaap).
Mo: Noon - 6PM
Tu-We: 10AM - 6PM
Th: 10AM - 9PM
Fr: 10AM - 6PM
Sa: 10AM - 5PM
What to buy: Records and CDs
What to pay: Deals are possible
The Emma Passage is a shopping mall behind the City Hall.
Mo: 1PM - 6PM
Tu-We: 9AM - 6PM
Tu: 9AM - 9PM
Fr: 9AM - 6PM
Sa: 9AM - 5PM
You will find the following shops:
Bemore - Clothing
Boekhandel Gianotten - Books
Comme Ca - Clothing
De Nijs Koken - House hold
Fresh - Clothing
Jeans Centre B.V. - Clothing
La Bolsa - Shoes
Lady Sting - Clothing
Le Mistral - Coffee
Lenny Laurence - Clothing
Linolux - Various
Mikro Electro B.V. - House hold electronics
Miller Time - Drinks
Miss Etam - Clothing
Open32 - Clothing
Questo Design - Design-DIY
Sacha Shoes - Shoes
Score - Clothing
Tango Fashion - Shoes
The Body Shop - Health Care
Vermetten Bijou - Clothing
Witteveen - Clothing
World of TUI Reisbureau - Travel
De Malle Heks is a shop for people interested in witchcraft and Wicca. But it's also very suitable for gothics. The jewelry here is amazing. And the arange of statuettes and other crafted objects is unique. Also some great dresses for goths and some nice literature on Wicca 101. Even I, as a non-goth / non-witch liek to come here and enjoy the atmosphere.
What to buy: I absolutely lov ethe Celtic jewelry. Especially the silver pendants.
All main shops with whatever you need you can find at the 'Heuvelstraat' or very nearby. When you are at the Heuvel you can walk down the Heuvelstraat. There are some new shopping centres or malls like the 'Emma passage' (near the Town Hall), but I'm sure you will notice. But make sure to check some of the little shops in the side streets. Cannot say the 'Heuvelstraat' is very special. It's just a shopping street where you can buy anything you need and you will find the same in any larger town. But still enjoy.
Atlas is a shop that only sells Travel Books and Maps. But if you think that makes for a very limites choice, you could be surprised. The store is totally packed with books. If you need any info on any place in the world this IS the place to go. And it's not even more expensive than in other bookshops.
What to buy: Of course you're here to buy travel books.
What to pay: Normally some 20 to 30 Euros. But there are a lot of sales and cheaper books as well.
You don't always have to spend a lot of money - IF you know where you should go. For cd's and other forms of music, Sounds is THE place to be. It's specialised in alternative music. But that's a broad term there's rock, pop, metal, dance, jazz and world music. You can also find some limited editions here as well as vinyl and DVD's.
What to pay: Well CD's are usually some 5 Euros cheaper than in other shops here. And also a great amount of sales.
Entering this shop brings you in another world: the one of fresh coffee and tea.
The aromatic fumes enter your nose automatically and the quiet music in the background will relax you in a second.
Everything thing you need in the highest coffee and tea quality is around.
Come and experience this shop.
What to buy: Fresh coffee or tea, whatever you prefere.
What to pay: Prices are high but are fully covered by the quality of the product you buy.
één twee CD is a small CD shop, but in the last year it was extented with the basement and an upper room. To my surprise more vinyl was on sale.
2011 Update: The shop has been closed.
What to buy: Second hand music.
What to pay: The very nice owner gave me discount when I came to him with a bunch of records.
Albums (vinyl) are from Euro 2.
The town centre of Tilburg, Centrum, is opened late on a thursday evening. And on the last Sunday of each month the shops in Centrum open also.
What to buy: Clothes are good and most of the sports shops are good value.
What to pay: Sports goods are cheaper than the UK
In this small shop you'll find a lot of cd's and records for reasonable prices. You will also find a lot of special pressings and limited editions here. The owner, Aad, brings these cd's from his trips around the world.
What to pay: Prices vary, but for the normal pressings you pay almost half of what you'd pay in other stores.
Aad's Platenzaak is a much smaller shop than Tommy's. Strong point though are the prizes. Owner Aad imports CD's directly from the USA where they are much cheaper. You will not find many older titles here, mostly new ones, except for second-hand. But there's the occassional collector's item and especially when you like Prince (I don't) this is the shop for you. One problem with this shop; Aad has the extremely annoying habit of suddenly putting on a record much too loud.
Bont en Blauw is a great shop for young and trendy people.
No formal dresses, but hip and trendy merchandise; most of it is second hand.
Also jewellery, belly dance outfits and much much more.
Tu-We: 11AM - 6PM
Th: 11AM - 9PM
Fr: 11AM - 6PM
Sa: 11Am - 5PM
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: Low prices