Shopping in Alkmaar
Langestraat and De Laat
The Langestraat and De Laat are the big shopping streets in Alkmaar’s center. They make a great starting point for a shopping spree, boasting well-known retail chains as well as unique concept stores. Behind its modern glazed façade, for instance, you’ll find Queens and Men, an idiosyncratic fashion shop. If you like natural materials, beautiful basic colors and clothes with great prints, you will definitely find something here. Discover special boutiques like 786Fridge, which sells women’s and menswear as well as shoes, in the narrow side alleys. 786Fridge on Hoogstraat has that French je ne sais quoi and offers a wide range of fashion labels.
Chic on Ritsevoort
Exclusive stores can be found on Ritsevoort, offering anything from fashion to art, including Twentyonewood, Köster Fashion and RIVS. RIVS is a treasure trove of ideas. Here, you can buy business apparel as well as casual, festive and basic clothes from leading brands. While you are strolling along Ritsevoort, do not forget to check out the charming enclosed garden of Hofje van Splinter. This hidden pearl dates from the 17th century and the little houses are still in use as residences.
Strolling through the Old City
The Oude Stad area was the primary shopping and artisanal center in the 19th century. Authentic streets with monumental buildings and old façade stones complete its look and feel. You will find a variety of stores here, both trendy and high-end, vintage and second-hand. Twin Arts Lifestyle is a trendy lifestyle store with plenty of attitude in the Old City. It can be found in a monumental building and is full of great products. Here, you will find all you need to give your home that personal touch. Eyecatchers, throw cushions, perfumed soap, lovely lights and mirrors, as well as fashion and bags.
Shopping for foodies, specialty stores, from jewellery to children’s clothes
Do you love cooking stores or other specialty stores? In that case, you should visit Mulders kookwinkel or Samen in de Keuken for culinary gifts. Take home a tasty piece of Dutch cheese from Kaan’s Kaashandel. Visit the Beer Shop, Boom wooden shoes shop, or the Pepernotenfabriek. Browse through CDs and vinyl albums at Good Times. Sweet delicacies are best bought at the Inde Soete Suyckerbol, and special toys can be found at De Houten Trein, which has been elected best store in Alkmaar several times. Are you looking for a personal gift? In that case, we recommend creating your own jewelery at The Urbanista shop, the address for bracelets, necklaces and great gifts. Irresistible children’s apparel can be found at hip and trendy Lou & Blue.