On the market, but also in many shops, many tourists like to buy "Zeeuwsche babbelaars", some kind of sweet (extremely sweet but tasty)!
On this market stand, you may taste for free :-)). problably it's there only in summer.
hahaha, this is funny. On the World Famous Thursday Market of Middelburg you can even buy wooden shoes made of cheese hahahahahahahahahahahahaha....!!!!!!!!
I'm still falling down on the floor when thinking back of all those stupid germans buying souvenirs like this....
But it's a nice present for home, i guess, but not sure about the taste
ha, Now we're talking. This is the good stuff. I can not explain it properly in English, but you should try it!!!
Well...try....kind of coockie with very sweet stuff inbetween the biscuits. So nice stufff!!
People on the Thursday market preparing this stroopwafels fresh...and the smell is Awesome!!!
If you come to Holland, you surely MUST buy tulips; nice for in your hotel or tent. It's the Worldwide symbol of Holland (although I guess they are probalbly imported from Uganda)!
You can choose of many different kinds of colours and types....
Hollandsche Nieuwe is herring eating RAW on the thursday market.
It's typically Dutch and extremely nice, this long thin silver sea fish!
Eat it with onion. Pik it up at the tail and then lift it in your mouth, that will be delighted by the taste!! I promise!
Second hand and antique bookshops. The building next to it has antique maps which I love.
I used to browse here some 15 years ago already and bought quite a few books which I used to have when I was little but were lost.
What to buy: Old maps and books
Middelburg is the capital of the province, so you would expect quite a few shops. You're right, there are plenty of shops. But many of the chain variety. I did not see many shops that entice you to browse local products.
The interesting shops (books, wine, galleries) are a bit out of the town center.
You'll find some nice shops in the triangle Vlasmarkt/Beenhouwerssingel/Gortstraat. That's outside the pedestrian area.
Don't go fashion shopping in Middelburg. You'd be better off in Breda.
Personally I find nearby Vlissingen to be much more attractive shopping than Middelburg.
This is one of my favorites in Middelburg and every time when I'm in town I have to go inside this shop. Most of the time I only buy some postcards because they sell beautiful special ones but sometimes I buy a gift.
What to buy: postcards, toys, clothes and gifts
What to pay: whatever you want.......
A nice little shop full of postcards where you even can drink a cup of coffee and taste a "Zeeuwse babbelaar".... The lady who owns the place is very friendly.
What to buy: Mostly postcards and a few little gifts...
What to pay: from less than 1 euro till.........?
This picture shows you that we have a huge pedestrians-only area here in Middelburg.
The most important street is de Lange Delft, which also has lovely, very old, narrow side streets with special shops.....
Then there is de Markt, de Segeerstraat, de St. Janstraat, de Lange Viele and more.....
You can walk at ease there, only early in the morning there are some cars that have to deliver goods.................but almost all shops have special entrances for such deliveries at the back of the premises.
On the Markt and in the streets are plenty of benches to sit en enjoy the songs of the carillion, drinks and mussels e.g. or sweetsweet ice-creams.....
All in all: a good place to be and enjoy life, especially in summer and.....the sea and beach are so easily to be reached........
This is a jar OF REAL ZEEUWSE HONEY.....
And Zeeland being the Dutch Province with most HOURS OF SUNSHINE.....this HONEY can't but be DELICIOUS....
HONEY is something I shall always buy wherever I am.......during trips, outings and holidays, I still have a few that are waiting for me: from Ireland and Switzerland and Argentina............lovely in TEA, in MILK, in COOKIES, in CAKES and.....just a spoonful before going to bed will make a cold or a cough disappear..........
I am very greatful to the BUSY BEES, who make this HONEY FOR US!
These shops (yes, there are several in different places) are so utterly alluring!
No one wil leave there with empty hand because it is far too difficult, not to say impossible, NOT to buy something.
They offer a wide range of high quality articles. To give you an idea: candles, scented candles, candle sticks, cutlery and crockery decorated in very special ways, soap, cushions, grands foulards, lamps, chairs, tables, posters and paintings, things made of shiny copper, table clothes, napkins, flower pots for inside and/or outside, dolls and pluche animals and much, much more....
Here in Middelburg the shop is located at the Market, the city centre itself; you can't miss it!
They are specialised in CADEAU & WONEN, which means: GIFTS AND LIVING
do have a look at www.sfeermaker.com
Of course (and again!) I had to click on 'OTHER' because this shop has so much to offer to curious women, children who are fond of sweets, men who want to surprise their wives with something sweet-smelling that in fact I could have ticked a lot of types....
This shop will make you go in because the doors are always open and the smell that greets you is such a nice mixture, sweet and alluring, that you won't be able to resist it.
There's tea in numerous tastes, soaps and talcum powder, sweets and herbs. Dried flowers for special medicinal infusions such as camomile......oh and they have lovely candles too and.....well I could type quite a list.
My best advice is: go there yourself.
The shop is in THE shopping area for-pedestrians-only in the city centre.
Name of the streets: LANGE DELFT.
INTHE PHOTOGRAPH: a precious old (and old-fashioned) sign that shows you the shop of the chemist.........they are very sought after nowadays!
There is a nice bookshop called 'De Drukkerij' which means the printing press on the square in front of the town hall. An old printing press is also on display in one of the rooms. They sell books, magazines, computer software, CD's, stationery, postcards, lots of books and toys for children, etc. and there is this small restaurant where you can even have a quick bite!!! All over the bookshop there are items like lamp shades, gift articles, curios and paintings on display with their price tags for sale. There is small room for exhibitions where original paintings and prints are on display called "De Directie Kamer" meaning the board of directors' meeting room.
The names De Drukkerij and De Directie Kamer are used here because before this
bookshop started it was the place where the local newspaper "Zeeuwse Courant" was published from and the room was indeed the board of directors' meeting room.
What to pay: Standard prices for books and magazines but some on sale at discounted rates too!!!
Although this is mostly a bookshop, the concept of the Drvkkerij is much broader than this. Bookshop, stationary, art, cafe and public reading place...for this the shop was awarded best innovative shop in The Netherlands.
See my Middelburg Deal for a free 2nd cup of coffee at this place.
What to buy: Books in The Netherlands have a VAT rate of 6%.