Shopping

In most of the major cities, the city centre is a good place to go shopping. You will find all kinds of small boutiques and clothing stores there. Even in the smaller villages, shopping can be a nice pastime because they usually feature more specialist shops in a cosy entourage.

 

There are many shopping malls in the Netherlands, mostly specialising in clothes. There are also areas that specialize in selling furniture. In the Netherlands, most big shops selling home furnishings, decorations, furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, and crafts & tools are situated in clusters in big shopping areas called woonboulevard (home furnishings boulevard). These areas are often open on Sundays and national holidays, such as second Easter day and Pentecost, which are also their busiest days.  

  • Ekkersrijt in Son has a lot of shops that sell all kinds of furniture and home & garden decorations. There are also some smaller shops with the same concept in the same area.
  • Woonboulevard Heerlen is the largest woonboulevard in Europe, which has more than 50 stores on 120,000 m2.
  • At Woonboulevard Leijpark (Van Ierlantstraat, Tilburg) you will find all kinds of shops to buy your furniture. 

Shopping hours

  • Monday from 13:00-18:00
  • Tuesday to Friday: 09:00-18:00 (although most shops open at 10:00) 
  • In Maastricht and Tilburg, shops are open late on Thursday for koopavond (shopping evening) until 21:00 
  • Koopavond in Eindhoven is on Friday until 21:00
  • Saturdays from 09:00-17:00 (some stores close at 18:00)
  • Shops are closed on public holidays, such as New Year's Day, Carnival Monday and Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday), Easter Monday, White Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

 

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