It is not just the historic city centre and rich history of Delft that will amaze you. The city is full of special surprises that are worth your consideration. To ensure that you don’t visit Delft and miss out on any of the city’s hidden pearls, we are uncovering the secrets of Delft below
Bakkerij de Diamanten Ring (Choorstraat 9): Buy a bag of ‘Scheve Jantjes’. These adorable butter cookies produced by Bakkerij de Diamanten Ring bear the image of the Oude Kerk and come in a lovely Delft Blue cookie tin. This is the most flavourful souvenir available in Delft.
Winkeltje Kouwenhoven (Sint Agathaplein 3a): Winkeltje Kouwenhoven sits comfortably next to Museum het Prinsenhof. The authentic shop – its interior is a century old – sells a host of old-fashioned, nostalgic products. Stop by for a bag of vintage Dutch candy, such as liquorice and liquorice candy, as well as coloured sour balls.
Uit de Kunst (Oude Delft 140): This coffee house serves freshly made coffee and homemade apple pie. The shop sells a range of Art Deco furniture. On the sidewalk, you'll find the world's smallest museum. A different artist exhibits his work in the old-fashioned telephone box each month.
World of Delights (Markt 62): Step into a gigantic pair of wooden shoes in front of World of Delights. Take the ultimate ‘Holland photo’ at this popular souvenir shop.
Aardewerkfabriek de Candelaer (Kerkstraat 13): The workshop of the Candelaer pottery factory is open so you can watch the Delft Blue painters at work from the street. See the masters responsible for hundreds of Delft Blue works of art.
Toeristen Informatie Punt (Hippolytusbuurt 4): The TIP shop sells Delft Blue pottery printed with your picture. Stop by at TIP if you have any questions about Delft and to buy your very own Delft Blue tile, mug or plate.
Hofjes van Delft Hidden in Delft’s inner city, you’ll find several intimate courtyards. If you want to visit these lovely cottages surrounding their green courtyards, walk to the Hofje van Gratie (Van der Mastenstraat 26-38), Hofje van Pauw (Paardenmarkt 54-62), Hofje van Almonde (Bagijnhof 10-22) and Klaeuwshofje (Oranje plantage 58-77).
Hotel de Emauspoort (Vrouwenregt 9-11): This hotel in the centre of Delft has a number of special bedrooms. You can spend the night in the Vermeer Room, for instance, which is inspired on the famous Delft painter. Or sleep in one of the authentic caravans from the old Dutch children’s TV show Pipo de Clown.
Stads-koffyhuis Kleyweg (Oude Delft 133): It is not really a secret anymore, but Stads-koffyhuis Kleyweg serves the best sandwiches in Holland. Order the Alex’ Keuze sandwich and decide for yourself.