Leeuwarden has many shops. Most of the shops along the Nieuwestad can be found in any Dutch city. But if you’re looking for more interesting and unique shops, you should head to the smaller streets. like the kleine straatjes zoals de Kleine Kerkstraat, Nieuwe Oosterstraat, St Jacobsstraat, Naauw, Vijzelstraat & Tuinen. We’ve also made a selection of some shops that we think are unique and worth to visit.
The Kleine Kerkstraat is a street full of small and unique shops. The street was elected as the nicest shopping street in the Netherlands twice! You will find De Zuivelhoeve halfway down the street. On one side of the street they sell tasty nuts and the best cheese and on the other you imagine yourself in Spain and buy the tastiest sausages and Jamon. Just try walking down this street without buying anything here.
Don’t forget to have a look inside De Stadskapper! You will enter a door to a different time. The clock in this shop literally stands still. Inside it could be 1890. The walls in this shop are covered with old photo’s of the royal family. The sink is really old fashioned and even the phone has an old school ring-tone. But the highlight of the shop is the beautiful old wooden hairdresser’s table. Location: Kleine Kerkstraat 22
Another beautifull street is the Sint Jacobsstraat, which has unique and diverse shops like:
Ny-Na, probably the most colourful shop in Leeuwarden. The shop is located in a beautiful monumental building. This shop is full of colourful things that will make everyone a little bit happier. Whether that is a wooden Buddha from Asia, Mexican pottery, kitchenware from India or cuddle toys from Fryslân. They also sell colourful retro clothes for women from Who’s that Girl and Blutgeschwister. Location: Sint Jacobsstraat 11
Are you looking for nice souvenirs and regional products? Then enter Ut Streekie at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof. You have come to the right place for Frisian beers, liqueurs, mustard, jam, but also Oldenhove souvenirs and Frisian clogs and other products with the Frisian flag. If you would like to know more about Frisian, please visit Afûk. Here they sell the best books in and about the frisian Language. And they also have nice Frisian souvenirs.
De Oosterstraten zijn een andere kanshebber voor leukste winkelstraat van Leeuwarden. Vanaf de Nieuwestad kom je eerst door de Oude Oosterstraat met unieke winkels als De Plek Vintage en De Schepperij. Daarna volgt de Nieuwe Oosterstraat met De Pluymgraaf: one of the most colorful shops in the city full of special things. Location: Nieuwe Oosterstraat 5
The Nieuwestad is the largest shopping street in Leeuwarden. It is also the location of the largest and most beautiful bookshop in the city: Boekhandel van der Velde sells both new books and many second-hand books. They also have a beautiful hidden garden behind the store. Location: -Nieuwestad 57-59
If you are looking for beautiful records, you have to go to the Voorstreek. If you like Alternative music you should definitely check King Kong Records. They sell New Metal and forget singer-songwriters to Experimental noise or Punk. But they also have Afrobeat, Jazz and Experimental House. They also sell 2nd hand records! Location: Voorstreek 11. Across the street is Discus Music & Film. And around the corner in Slotmakerstraat is Deeptrax records for all techno, House, IDM rarities. On the Vliet you can also contact … and Big Bad Wolf Records.
Of course, all that shopping and walking makes you want something tasty. So stop by La Venezia for an ice cream.
Off the beaten path
Silvia’s Sneupwinkel has always got something for everyone. However, make sure that you have some time on your hands when you visit the shop, because you have to look around carefully between all her stuff, or, as we say in Dutch, you have to do some ‘sneupen’. Officers jackets, Asian costumes or beautiful dresses from the eighties, Silvia has an original outfit for every occasion, both new and second-hand and in combination with some special accessories. Her shop is like a museum and this alone makes it worthwhile to take a look inside. Location: Bij de put 10
Panta Rei is a not just a shop. It’s a different world on its own. From religious art to art nouveau, from curious to antique, old jewelry and crown chandeliers! It might be a bit overwhelming to discover this shop. They’ve got over 100 antique lamps and around 150 hats from 1880 to 1950.
Location: Tuinen 13
Emmaus is our favourite ‘kringloopwinkel‘. This is the Dutch version of a charity shop, op shop or thrift shop. Here, they sell donated second-hand goods. These shops are a good place to find retro furniture, hipster clothes, pottery or accessories for a low price. You can also donate goods that you don’t use anymore yourself.
At Emmaus they have an eye for detail. Most kringloopwinkels just stuff the same goods together. But here, they have also created many nice little corners that feel like small living rooms. This way, you get the idea of how a lamp would look in your living room, instead of between all the other lamps.
But if you couldn’t find what you were looking for, Kringloop Estafette is just around the corner. Location: Edisonstraat 14, Open: 12:00 – 17:00 Tuesdays – Fridays and every last Saturday of the month.
Pictures by Heleen Haijtema and Afke Manshanden. Go back to All things to see & do in Leeuwarden or continue with the best spots for coffee, tea or lunch. Check our various walking tours to discover the city with one of our guides!