In Apeldoorn, you can’t miss the Raadhuisplein square in the heart of the city. On fine summer days it’s a sea of tables and chairs at pavement cafés, making it the ideal place to stop for a rest during or after your day of shopping. From latte macchiato, peppermint tea and Cava to peanut butter sandwiches, high-end hamburgers and four-course meals, the likes of Hotel-café de Paris, De Notaris, Eetcafé Fijn, Jules Verne and De BroodjesBar offer a very varied range of high-quality food and drinks. You can soak up the atmosphere around you while enjoying the view of the former town hall. Nowadays, the listed building dating from 1842 is a wedding venue and also houses two restaurants in the basement.
In 2017, Ede was named the Netherlands’ happiest city. The shopping opportunities are concentrated in the lively Ede Centrum area. The municipality of Ede is also home to a large number of farmers, growers and manufacturers of local products, some of which also bear the ‘Erkend Veluws Streekproduct’ mark of quality and all of whom offer a unique and surprising product range. In Ede you can buy delicious regional products such as bread, cakes, meats, dairy products, eggs, fruit and vegetables, and even beers and wines. Everything is made on the premises, according to traditional recipes and using local ingredients. The restaurants in Ede also serve a lot of regional dishes in response to the growing consumer interest in locally sourced and produced ingredients.
You really can shop ‘til you drop in Arnhem. In addition to major fashion chains such as H&M, Zara and Mango, the city is also home to lots of boutiques and specialised stores. For example in the ‘7straatjes’, located directly behind Primark, you’ll find loads of truly unique, unusual and tasty products sold by equally unique, unusual and above all friendly people.
Less than a 20-minute walk away is the Modekwartier (Fashion Quarter), in the heart of the Klarendal neighbourhood. Here, life revolves around fashion, design, art and food, and numerous artists and designers have opened studios, workshops and galleries where they often sell their creations too. As you stroll through the neighbourhood, you’ll soon realise why Arnhem deserves its reputation as a fashion and design capital. Happy shopping!
LATE NIGHT SHOPPING
Late night shopping in Apeldoorn and Arnhem is every Thursday evening, when the shops stay open until 21.00 h. In Ede, late night shopping is every Friday evening.
In Apeldoorn, the shops are open on the first and last Sunday of every month! In Ede, the shops are open on the last Sunday of every month. Arnhem allows Sunday opening every week, but retailers are not obliged to open their stores. If you’ve got a particular store in mind, it’s best to check the retailer’s own website for the current opening times.