We have in Holland serveral marketplaces where we sell fresh Dutch Cheese. We are standing in Almere-City every wednesday en saturday.
Also we run a webshop www.GoudaCheeseShop.com where we ship worldwide.
Gouda Cheese Shop is part of Kaashandel Peters: a true family enterprise with over 40 years of experience. We are one of the chief suppliers of cheese in the mid-Netherlands for both the private and the business market.
What to buy: Dutch Cheese like:
Farmhouse Cheese Stolwijker
Holey cheese Maasdammer
Maaslander and many more!
All freshly cut.
More and more Dutch shops make their merchandise available over the Internet.
It started with big Mailorder companies like Wehkamp and others.
The latest flyers of well-known Dutch shopping chains
De Stad: Collection of Dutch Internet shops.
To also cover all those smaller excellent Dutch shops withe their own specialities Natascha & Marije started www.flavourites.nl/
If you need some shopping inspirations, here are at least 750 ideas.
SUSIE funshopping guide
More unique Dutch stores:
Unique Dutch stores
What to buy: Anything Dutch.
What to pay: Have your credit card ready!
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The purchase price in Holland includes a value added tax (VAT) of 19% (luxury goods) or 6% (other goods). As a non-EU resident, you are entitled to a VAT refund upon leaving the EU, saving you as much as 18% on your shopping!
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It is a new online service that makes it easy for visitors from outside the EU to shop tax-free in the Netherlands.
Please check the website 3 steps movie (in 1 minute) to understand what you need to do. It will be more clear then me writing how to :)...
What to buy: Visitors from outside the EU to shop tax-free in the Netherlands.
- Purchasing in all shops in the Netherlands without restrictions
- Customer chooses own time to register purchases on the website (saves time at the shops and airport)
- Quick handling by International Customs (only one invoice needs a stamp)
What to pay: I got 15% back, so it's not all tax back (they kept 4% for administration cost). But for the service and time I spend it is worth it. There are some other doing almost the same, but I like the freedom of buying anywhere I want to.
This farm makes its products without additives, completely natural.
Open Mon/Wedn/Fri 13.30-18 hrs and Sat. 10-16 hrs.
What to buy: Le petit Doruvael, a French sounding name for a Dutch cheese. It is reminiscent of Munster, a bit strong but in that familiar Dutch shape: a large wheel of cheese.
Informative website in Dutch and English about Delft Blue and online shop for delftware.
What to buy: How about Christmas tree decorations made of delft blue?
The objects on the photo I bought cheap and in large quantities at the flowermarket (Bloemenmarkt) in Amsterdam.
What to pay: Not cheap but you can always afford something small.
Tip: go to a street market (even tourist attraction the "Bloemenmarkt" in Amsterdam is cheaper for souvenirs).
These are Dutch chocolate brands of which my favourite is Verkade.
Verkade also makes biscuits.
Both Verkade (since 1886) and Droste (since 1863) are very old brands with memorable advertisements that all Dutchies are familiar with.
Especially Verkade was a pioneer in advertising. With every product you used to get little pictures to collect in special albums. There were 30 albums before 1940 and five after 1965. The original albums are worth money, nowadays and are still being reprinted.
The name was on biscuit tins and is to this day associated with homely comfort and drinking tea with mum.
What to buy: -
They are the "Cadbury" of The Netherlands.
What to buy:
You are going to buy a souvenir, aren't you? The best are plates in Delft Blue style, have a windmill printed on as well as big letters saying "Holland" and, and this is very important, are Made in China. Look for that very sign of quality, after all there's nothing like genuine kitsch for a good souvenir! Perhaps you can even find plastic ones, which are much easier to take home without them getting damaged. Other great things are clogs (OK, "wooden shoes") painted in the same style or Delft Blue windmills.You can buy this stuff all over the country but especially in very touristic places, even when that place is not in "Holland" and doesn't look like anything the souvenir is supposed to represent. Don't even try to find something with "The Netherlands"on it, you aren't going to find it. There are also T-shirts with windmills and "Holland" on them. Or a canabis leaf, if you're a little bit naughty and want to show your friends just how cool you are. If you are VERY naughty you really should look for the T-shirts with male genitals and other parts of the body. These you will find in Amsterdam, of course.
(For those who didn't notice; that was sarcasm)
This is a nice place to shop because of the selection of shops as well as the setting.
The building itself was built at the end of the 19th C. and was the main post office for a long time. In 1992, after the building was designated as an historical site and worth saving, they converted it into the shopping mall that it is today without losing any of its old Gothic style.
What to buy: There are a lot of shops - DVDs, clothing (like Armani), and uniquely Dutch items, such as a cheese shop. The cheese shop and other Dutch souvenir shops are perfect for picking up something for someone back home.
What to pay: Prices vary widely because of the variety of shops.
The shop is a little bit hidden away but is worth looking for. It is absolutely packed with craft things from card making to embroidery and anything you can think about! they are also a bit cheaper than the chain of crafting shop you find in the bigger towns and cities. The people there are so friendly and you can browse for as long as you want without being disturbed BUT if you need help or advice they are very helpful. you can drink free coffee while looking around. They have regular workshops throughout the year. They also have a saving card where you save stamps for every 5 euros spent and then a full card gives you 12,50 euro off your next visit.
What to buy: I go go my DMC threads as they are 30 cents cheaper than in Rotterdam. I also stock up on all my card making needs.
What to pay: prices vary
More of a family shopping store, you get some good bargains here! look out for their discount counters, your jaws will drop at the prices!!! We picked quite a few items here for our use in Holland :D
What to buy: Casual wear, foot wear and bags!
What to pay: 50 E for a good haul!
Buy the national cookie at this website.
If you want to know how stroopwafels are made, visit my Gouda page, which also describes one of my major travel experiences with a Welsh TV crew!
What to pay: Depends a bit on the quality. Around 2 euro per package of 10.
If you want to know a country, a visit to a local market is a great way to get acquainted with the food, clothes, antiques and other stuff that are important in a country.
Daily market on Albert Cuyp
Flea market on Waterlooplein
More markets in Amsterdam here
Market on Blaak every Tuesday and Saturday (also fleamarket).
More markets in Rotterdam here
Small food and vegs market on Turfkade on Mondays until halfway afternoons.
Huge fleamarket first Saturday in June
What to buy: Just browse (the stalls of course, not the internet!)
What to pay: cheapr than in the stores.
Please see Off The Beaten Path tip for more info! The museum is located in the old church. The rectory is transformed into a tea shop. But you can also buy online from the link below.
What to buy: Tea specialities like special Chinese teas, tea mélanges and local teas from Groningen and Friesland.
Also accessories like tea filters, etc.
Photo: from website
What to pay: Tea: from € 2,45 per 100 gr.
The Dutch 'Oscar' is called Golden Calf and here's a list of winners.
What to buy: Looking for Dutch films? The 'Nederlands Filmfestival' recommends http://uk.imdb.com/
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