Stores, Malls or Markets in Utrecht

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    POLARE (former De Slegte): Second Hand Books

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jun 23, 2013

    De Slegte is a well-knoiwn chain of second hand book stores in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    The Utrecht branche is located in a beautiful old office building, called Groot Blankenburch along the Oude Gracht canal.

    In June 2013 the name of the stores was changed into POLARE.

    Business hours:
    Mo: 11AM - 6PM
    Tu-We: 9.30AM - 6PM
    Th: 9.30AM - 9PM
    Fr-Sa: 9.30 - 6PM

    What to buy: Books.

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    • Arts and Culture

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    Toko Mitra: Indonesian food

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 13, 2012

    Fore more than 25 years Toko Mitra offers Indonesian specilities, like 20 kinds of snacks, fifteen meals and 20 side dishes.

    Business hours:
    Mo: Closed
    Tu-We: 10AM - 6:30PM
    Th: 10AM - 11PM
    Fr:: 10AM - 6:20PM
    Sa: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
    Su: Closed

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    1 more image Jewelry

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 11, 2012 is housed in a beuatiful old Utrecht canal house and is the place at Utrecht to got to for jewelry. Brands like Dyrberg/Kern, Mexx, OOZOO, Ravelli, ZEUZ and Gem Kingdom are traded here.

    Business hours:
    Mo: Noon - 5:50PM
    Tu-Sa: 10AM - 5:30PM

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    • Luxury Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    CLOSED: Da Capo: CLOSED: Utrecht best grammpohone shop

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 11, 2012

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    Da Capo started at August 1, 1986.

    The shop looks small, but the true collectors know to find the basement cave that stretches underneath the Oude Gracht pavement.

    Da Capo also is present at the Utrecht Record Collectors Fair at the local Jaarbeurs, held twice per year.

    Store hours:
    We: 11AM - 6PM
    Th: 11AM - 6PM and 7PM - 9PM
    Fr: 11AM - 6PM
    Sa: 11AM - 5PM

    2011 update: Very sad news; The shop owner Michel Terstegen died on July 4, 2011. The shop closed in december 2011.

    What to buy: Records!

    What to pay: Deals are possible (higher quantities)

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    • Music

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    Street markets: Street markets

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jun 27, 2010

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    Utrecht has many street markets. The best-known are:

    Vredenburg; general and Eco streetmarket (75 - 125 stalls)
    We: 10AM - 5PM
    Fr: 10AM - 6PM
    Sa: 8AM - 5PM

    Breedstraat; fabrics streetmarket (80 stalls)
    Sa: 8AM - 1PM

    Janskerkhof; general streetmarket (25 stalls)
    Sa: 7AM - 5PM

    Oude Gracht/Bakkerbrug; flower street market (12 stalls)
    Tu: 9Am - 3PM
    Sa: 8AM - 5PM

    Oude Gracht; stamp market (3 stalls)
    Sa: when weather permits

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    Albert Heijn: Albert Heijn

    by mvtouring Written Jul 9, 2009

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    If you are staying in a self catering place then you need to know about Albert Heijn. They stock the most incredible stuff, prepared to raw. To give you and indication of prices : -
    Choc broodje @ 1.50 (choc croissant)
    Appelflap @ 1.78 (2 x apple danish)
    Kersenbonbon @ 1.10 (cherry liquor chocolates
    Kersen @ 1.99 (fresh cherries)

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    Tourist & shoe shops: Wooden clogs

    by mvtouring Written Jul 2, 2009

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    Looking for good, long lasting dutch shoes? Then the clog is your answer. you can buy them painted or unpainted. In the beginning they are rather uncomfortable but you get used to them quite quickly. Makes a good gift.

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    Betsies Kookwinkel: A kitchen lover's paradise

    by ATLC Written Jan 5, 2008

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    A very full shop that simply screams 'browse me'. And browse you can. The staff leaves you alone while you look at shelves and shelves of kitchen stuff that you've always wanted to have. For every purse and taste.

    What to buy: Any little kitchen appliance or utensil that you can think of, can be found here.

    What to pay: Oven thermometer € 9,95, stainless steel egg needle € 7,95, two sizes canneloni pipes € 1,95-2,50 and a ravioli cutter € 4,95

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    • Food and Dining

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  • Giraffe heads - or a trip to South Africa

    by Mariajoy Written Nov 20, 2005

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    Why anyone would want to travel to South Africa when they can be in Utrecht is beyond me... and equally beyond me is what on earth the window dresser was thinking when he/she put those giraffe heads there... does that make you want to visit SA?? Give me an autumnal stroll on a Dutch canal any day!!! (except if it's raining... then I'll take SA ;))

    What to buy: Giraffe heads.... or a trip to SA!

    What to pay: No idea...what price can you put on a stuffed giraffe??

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    Market Days

    by al_mary Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Every Wednesday & Saturday are
    "Market Days" in Utrecht ....
    It is a whole day affair for many who
    shop for anything from clothes to
    flowers .... These two markets take
    place all year round

    ~ When At The Market - Remember ~
    Shopping in Utrecht could be summed up in
    two words: Hoog Catharijne .....
    This monstrosity from the 70's, attached to
    Central Station, houses one of the largest
    indoor shopping centres in Europe

    Take a stroll thru this mall - it's fun

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    The shoptour through Utrecht.: Want to see the city, but can't stop shopping?

    by AnisaMaria Written Jun 26, 2005

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    This is not a shop, but at the Tourist information they sell a shopping walking tour through Utrecht. It brings you to the finest boutiques and most remarkable stores! AND it shows you some nice areas in the centre as well.. Isn't that a wonderful combination for all those 'shopaholics' out there?

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    Time2Surf: Internet Facility

    by Updated May 10, 2005

    Internet cafe isn't exactly "shopping" - but this category seems to be the best fit... "Where to find it and how much does it cost"

    This facility doesn't sell food/drinks. Their only business is internet, computer and photocopy. To see photos of the facility, jump to their webpage (

    My experience with this shop was favorable and I recommend it highly. When I had trouble, the staff assisted promptly.

    What to buy: Prepare and send e-mail.

    This shop also allows you to upload photos from your digital camera and attach them to e-mail.

    As of April 2005, this level of service is not widely available throughout NL..

    What to pay: As of April 2005, we paid 1.75 euros for 30 minutes

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    Plato: Record store

    by OlafS Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    There is one excellent record store in the centre of Utrecht. There used to be two, but the other was gone last time I was in Utrecht, Plato (which can also be found in several other cities) has a huge choice of CD's of rock and pop acts. Their big plus is that they tend to have the CD's quick after their release. And not just of the popular acts, but also of obscure bands from the 1960's and 70's. I've found CD's here that I never saw anywhere else again. They're also slightly cheaper than average and always have many cheap offers.

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    Broese: Huge Bookshop

    by Imaniac Written Feb 22, 2004

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    Brose is the biggest bookshop in town and one of the biggest bookshops in The Netherlands. You could literally spend hours browsing books. On the main floor there's literature, travel books, cook books, childrens books, hobby books etc etc. In the basement there are study books, philosophy etc etc. There are over 100.000 books in total. It's also a good place to look for detailed maps or CD-roms.

    What to pay: Prices on books in this shop aren't about the same as you would pay anywhere else.

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    bloemenmarkt jansdam: de bloemmarkt do not miss it

    by suvaa003 Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    okay this is not a shop but a market, happening every saterday from early in the morning untill late in the afternoon, you can buy lovey floers, every season, plnats, and grubs. in the autumn they sell bulbs, and they can adcise you wich ones you can take abroad with you. around it there are lovelt cafés where you can havea coffe or more, and there is a great shop where you can buy sigars and the rest it tis called "the old times de oude tijd. Really great people, with lot of knowledge about cigars. Have a go.

    What to buy: cigars, flowers, souveniers, beer

    What to pay: as much as you want too

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