Folkingestraat III 2019
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Shopping in Groningen

Nothing beats Groningen, and that goes doubly for those who like shopping. We have a number of tips for you about the best shopping streets and squares.

  • Visit great shopping streets such as Vismarkt, Herestraat or Kromme Elleboog.
  • Discover the great atmosphere of a local market at Grote Markt or Vismarkt.
  • Most stores in the city centre are open on Sundays and until 21:00 on Thursday evenings.
In the great atmosphere of the historic centre of Groningen, you will find a broad range of shops for clothing, shoes, gifts, art and accessories. These are the 5 best shopping streets and squares in Groningen:

1. Grote Markt

Grote Markt square, with the famous Martinitoren, is the beating heart of Groningen. On and especially around the edges of this beautiful square, you will find a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s a great place to start a great day of shopping!

2. Vismarkt and Herestraat

Close by Grote Markt, in the centre of Groningen, lies Vismarkt and Herestraat. These shopping streets are home to various large chain stores and exclusive boutiques.

3. Folkingestraat

As with most places in Groningen, Folkingestraat lies within walking distance of Grote Markt square, and is home to many lifestyle shops, boutiques and galleries, as well as multiple little eateries that serve a great lunch. Keep an eye on your surroundings and you’ll see many reminders of Folkingestraat’s history as a Jewish street.

4. Kromme Elleboog

Kromme Elleboog (Bent Elbow) consists of two small streets, Kleine Elleboog and Grote Elleboog, and offers a range of enjoyable, somewhat more exclusive shops and restaurants. It’s a great area for clothes, jewellery and art, and if you’re looking for a memorable meal, restaurant Muller will be happy to provide.

5. Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat

A stone’s throw from the University of Groningen lies this atmospheric, historic little street. It’s the ideal place to hunt for vintage items, old curiosities and beautiful books, or to browse unique boutiques.

Markets in Groningen

From Tuesdays to Saturdays, there is always some kind of market in Groningen’s centre, usually on Grote Markt or Vismarkt squares. You’ll primarily find fresh foods and flowers here, as well as a permanent bustling, convivial, lively atmosphere.

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