The Cheesefarm "Catharina Hoeve" is a replica of an original Oost-Zaanland farm.
What to buy: In the cheese farm every day different types of Dutch cheese are made..You can buy also different kind of souvenirs....but cheese is the best
What to pay: Expensive for my poor italian wallet
Mill the Huisman: Zaanse Mustard
The mill produces the original Zaanse Mustard which you can buy in a tiny little shop in the mill. Well, actually the shop is so tiny that you'll be outside the mill and just tell them which mustard you want and how many jars....
Catharina Hoeve: Cheese, cheese and more cheese
Here they have all kinds of cheeses. In small that is. Of course the ´normal´ Gouda cheese in a nice small round form. But also cheese with herbs or smoky cheese.. We had a good time tasting it all and then deciding which ones we wanted..
Apart from cheese they do sell sandwiches )with cheese of course), old ducth sweets and some other niceties..
They also ship cheese all over the world.
What to buy: uuhhh.. let me think.. Cheese maybe?
klompenmakerij De Zaanse Schans: buy wooden shoes
What to buy: If you want to buy wooden shoes for yourself it may be usefull to know what size you need. In wooden shoes you wear thick wool socks, and then you need one cm space behind your heel. This is to prevent friction, and blisters as a result of that.
You can buy wooden shoes at the clogmaker, Kraaienest 4
What to pay: It is a tourist attraction therefor it is more expensive than in regular stores. Wooden shoes can also be bought in shops that specialise in gardening all over the country.
Catharina Hoeve: taste before buying
The cheese farm the Catharina Hoeve is where you can see how cheese is made, but also buy some great varieties of cheese. All cheeses they sell you can taste first.
So do have a taste and than choose which one to buy. In this case it is a good idea to buy here, because every cheesemaker has its own flavors.
Catharina Hoeve: CHEESE
Catharina Hoeve is the name of one of the cheese-shops in the museum-village of Zaanse Schan. You will be able and welcome to step inside and take a look around, there is a bit of a museum and at certain times there might be some explanations given as well, but mainly it is a shop.
What to buy: They have cheese and mustard and some other specialities that might make some great souvenirs.
What to pay: Most of the cheese that I found there was more expensive than the Edamer-cheese would be in sold in Austria, BUT of course you never know anything about the quality of the cheese.
- Family Travel
Klompenmakerij: Clogs and other wooden things
Klompen is the local word for the typical dutch type of wooden shoes / Clogs and you will be able to walk through a small museum there, you will be shown how the clogs are made within just a few minutes and you will be able to buy lots of souvenirs.
This shop is open for visitors:
Monday: 08:00 – 18:00
Tue till Fri: 08:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 08:00 – 18:00
september/october 2014: 9:00-18:00
What to buy: Wooden Shoes / Clogs, wooden flowers and lots of other souvenirs - see my extra pictures as well,
What to pay: I dont remember any prices and I also did not buy anything.
- Family Travel
Cheese Farm De Catherinahoeve: Dutch cheese
The first thing that greets you is the shelves of cheese when you enter the farm. You can also see the cheese making equipment behind these shelves. Though I don't take cheese in Paris, I was game enough to try the cheese here. All the cheese should be available for tasting, if not, you can request from the shop assistant. They turned out to be quite nice.
What to buy: Their most popular Herbs & Garlic cheese is indeed the best that I tried from the available selection.
What to pay: It costs around 6€ each.
- Food and Dining
Clog shop: Clogs galore
Not only can you see clogs being made here with the frequent demonstrations but there are thousands of sizes and colours too all displayed along every spare wall and across the ceiling.
What to buy: Clogs