The Saturday’s farmers’ market on the historic Grote Markt has been voted the best market in the Netherlands, and quite rightly so. In addition to fresh fruit and vegetables, there is an abundance of homemade food ranging from fresh pasta stroopwafels to different sorts of pesto to homemade steak pies. To discover even more of Haarlem’s local artisans, then the Saturday market on nearby Botermarkt is also a favourite with the locals. And from April to October Antique Market De Dreef is great for a Saturday afternoon spent digging around other people’s histories, from retro furniture to old postcards.
The so-called ‘gouden straatjes’ (golden streets) around Haarlem’s Grote Markt are filled with lovely boutiques for both men and women. This carefully curated boutique stocks high-quality women’s fashion as well as a selection of highly covetable jewellery, accessories, books, stationery and cosmetics.
Id Store | Schagchelstraat 7
Be warned; you will want to buy everything in this quirky interior design store. Thankfully (for your credit card at least), most of the items will be too large to take home in your hand luggage, however, there are still plenty of smaller items available, as well as a wealth of inspiring design ideas. A lovely place to browse and dream, Home Stock is a must-visit on any shopping tour of Haarlem for fans of beautiful things.
Home Stock | Drossestraat 7
Located on the Kruisstraat between the station and the Grote Markt, this uber-cool fashion and lifestyle store sells clothes and footwear for both men and women from brands including Tiger Jay, YAS, Numph, Alfredo Gonzales and RVLT. There’s also a tempting selection of homeware and carefully selected lifestyle items thoughtfully displayed around the store.
Kloffie | Kruisstraat 6
Shop and design studio Sjakie’s offers plenty of lovely things to give your home a makeover, from kelims and cushions made in their studio in Istanbul to great wallpaper, jewellery, ceramics, furniture and lamps, all in a nice mix of styles encompassing vintage, retro and contemporary. The deceivingly large shop also has a smaller sister on Koningsstraat, which caters for all your stationery and home accessories needs.
Sjakie's | Breestraat 34 / Koningsstraat 34
BrandMission accomplishes something that is still all too rare: combining a classy, contemporary and cool feel with strong ethical principles. All fashion is eco and fairtrade: brands include TOMs Shoes, People Tree, Nudie Jeans and Komodo. And for good measure, the shop also offers plenty of accessories and even organic cosmetics.
BrandMission | Zijlstraat 85
Anyone looking for sustainable fair trade products is guaranteed to find something special at Scandi-inspired concept store NYHAVN. Browse through an elegant selection of accessories, cosmetics, fashion, gifts and beautiful homeware items. You’ll find a range of brands and designers both local or from further afield, but always with a beautiful sustainable story behind it.
NYHAVN | Koningstraat 15
A household name in Haarlem, 't Kaaswinkeltje has been renowned for expertise in all matters cheese-related for nearly 90 years. This speciality fromagerie ensures buyers have the full backstory before making a purchase, with products from some of the best local and international artisans. Ask for some advice on putting together the perfect cheese platter or swing by in the winter months to pick up a delicious fondue.
't Kaaswinkeltje | Koningstraat 56
Olivia & Kate
Further contributing to Haarlem’s position as the shopping capital of the Netherlands, stores like Olivia & Kate strike the tricky balance between being fashion-forward and wallet-friendly. The product range is colourful, eclectic and entices you into a world of whimsy that you can recreate at home, by picking up a few décor pieces or heavenly scented candles.
Olivia & Kate | Anegang 48
A Loja Portugese Delicatessen
In operation now for nearly a decade, A Loja Delicatessen brings the best of Portuguese gastronomy to the historic streets of Haarlem. The family-run business stocks an excellent selection of olive oils, wines, jams, pastries, coffee and much more. And if you’re peckish at lunchtime it's the perfect spot to pick up a freshly-made sandwich or a Pastel de Nata (custard tart).
A Loja Portugese Delicatessen | Anegang 5