Speciality shops for special finds in Holland

1) Bram en Aagie

As you cycle through the Beemster, the shop of Bram en Aagie provides a welcome distraction. (Since 1890!), you can buy all kinds of old-fashioned sweets, including cinnamon sticks, liquorice and syrup candy in what is the ‘tiniest shop in the Netherlands’. In fact you can barely stand up here. The shop has been in hands of the same family for many years. Grandson Jaap Klaver now runs it.

small interior of candy shop Bram & Aagje

Roel Hendrickx

2) Wereldwijven Ateliers

Here you can shop for the most unique cushions, shawls, plaids and bags, which are sewn in their own workshop by Wereldwijven, or women from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Founder Jolanda Branderhorst thought it was rather strange that fashion designers travel to distant countries to produce their designs, when there is so much creative and artisan expertise available closer to home. They also regularly host exhibitions and performances.

a workshop at the Wereldwijven Ateliers in Dordrecht

Jolanda Branderhorst

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3) NeverNeverland

NeverNeverland proves that sitting around a table and playing a board game has lost none of its appeal despite the popularity of online games. Here you can score the latest board games, card games and puzzles, as well as lots of classics and parts. They give great advice and you can even test (some of the) games at the table in the shop.

interior of NeverNeverLand

4) Affaire d’Eau

It all started with a wonderful collection of antique bath tubs from a French spa resort hotel. Now, more than 30 years later, Affaire d’Eau is a well-established seller of antique sanitary ware, as well as decorative items such as Christmas decorations, botanical scale models, but also perfumes and shower gels.

shop front of the Affaire d'Eau

Haarlemmerdijk 150, Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 422 04 11


5) De Refter

A refter is the Dutch word for a refectory, where the monks eat. This shop specialises in furniture from convents and monasteries. So what can you find here? Plenty of thick, leather-bound books, as well as statues of saints, crockery, glassware, cabinets and stunning prints.

frames at a wall at de Refter store

Nieuwlandstraat 23-25, Tilburg

+31 (0)13 543 12 29


6) Het Klaverblad

This is the oldest coffee and tea shop of the Netherlands, where you can still spot the initials of the Dutch East India Company on the façade, and where tea is still sold in tea caddies. The shop was established in 1769. When you step inside, it feels like you’ve just embarked on a journey back in time.

coffee and teashop Het Klaverblad

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