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De Tenders City Cruises

De Tenders City Cruises (Brielselaan 69, Rotterdam) — There have always been boat trips through the impressive port of Rotterdam, but the Tenders add a City Cruise on waters like the Oude Haven, Leuvehaven, Delfshaven or the lakes of the river Rotte to the options. De Tenders are perfect for a party or meeting. A […]

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De Ster Windmill

De Ster Windmill (Molenpark 3, Utrecht) – located just 20 minutes southeast of Amsterdam, this windmill dates from the 18th century (1739) and was in use as a timber business for centuries. In 1991, wind power was replaced by electricity, and the windmill on the roof was demolished. Years later, these plans came to fruition: […]

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De Distilleerketel

De Distilleerketel (210 Voorhaven, 3024 Rotterdam) — Catch the water taxi to Rotterdam’s historic corn mill, one of the Netherlands’ largest. You can tour it for €3 and stop in its farm shop to stock up on delicious rosemary cookies, ginger cake, artisan flours and more. There’s also a little café with homemade cakes –just […]

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Winkelcentrum Zuidplein

Winkelcentrum Zuidplein (Zuidplein 420, Rotterdam) — For nice day of shopping, go to shopping mall Zuidplein. This indoor shopping mall offers 155 stores varying from top brands to smaller shops and various restaurants. The shopping mall has over 1,400 parking places and is easily accessible by metro and bus.

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Vroom & Dreesmann

Vroom & Dreesmann (Kalverstraat 203, The Old City Center (Het Centrum), Amsterdam) — If Dutch department store behemoth De Bijenkorf is Macy’s, V & D, as it’s called, is a much smaller version of New York’s landmark department store. From ties to towels, the selections are more than decent, though none will make much of […]

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Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat

Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat (Amsterdam) — Amsterdam’s mini Fifth Avenue, located in the Museum Quarter neighborhood, is home to high-end classics (Chanel, Gucci, Hermés, Louis Vuitton), jewelry (Chopard, Cartier) and lifestyle stores, as well as several boutiques selling more luxury labels. Azzurro at 142 is the city’s only retailer of Christian Louboutin shoes. More moderate shoppers […]

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Maison de Bonneterie

Maison de Bonneterie (Rokin 140-142, The Old City Center (Het Centrum), Amsterdam) — With its over-a-century-old skylighted cupola, chandeliers, and majestic staircases, this is Amsterdam’s loving homage to the grand magasin. The prices aren’t always right, but the ambience is appreciated by many types of shoppers, from fashion plates in need of a last-minute designer […]

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Leidsestraat

Leidsestraat (Amsterdam) – this area features chic clothing stores like the UK-based Karen Millen alongside cheap souvenir traps, night shops and fast-food joints. There are also shoe stores galore (Camper is a favorite) and a high-end department store in a monumental building (Metz & Co.), on the top floor of which you can have lunch […]

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Kalvertstraat

Kalvertstraat (Amsterdam) — this pedestrian-only street and its adjacent alleys and “Kalvertoren” shopping center feature a mix of chain clothing stores (Esprit, H&M, Mexx, WE, Zara), dozens of shoe stores, Dutch staple stores like HEMA and a pricey, chic department store, Maison de Bonneterie. If you can tolerate the ever-present crowds, you’re likely to leave […]

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De Bijenkorf

De Bijenkorf (Dam 1, The Old City Center (Het Centrum), Amsterdam) — Holland’s answer to New York City’s Macy’s department store, De Bijenkorf (Dutch for “The Beehive”) is the nation’s best-known department store and the swarming ground of its moneyed middle classes. Top international designer lines of clothing, shoes, and cosmetics are well stocked, along […]