Shopping in Leeuwarden

The historic centre of Leeuwarden is a great place to shop. The Nieuwestad is the main street of the city centre and is divided by one of Leeuwarden’s many canals. On the Nieuwestad, adjacent to the streets of Wirdumerdijk and Ruiterskwartier, you will find all of the well-known chain stores. In the Zaailand shopping centre, you can shop till you drop in the various and diverse modern furniture shops, pop-up stores and boutiques. Shopping in Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture 2018, is definitely recommended!

Numerous smaller shopping streets lead to the Nieuwestad and the many surprising boutiques, galleries and specialty shops offering local delicacies won’t fail to impress. The Kleine Kerkstraat is a good example and well worth a visit  this street has been voted the ‘best shopping street of the Netherlands’ several times!

The most surprising shops can be found in the smallest streets

When shopping in Leeuwarden, you should definitely visit the Nauw, the St. Jacobsstraat and Oosterstraten. Throughout the centre you will find a multitude of nice cafes and restaurants where you can refuel, so make sure to take your time! 

Good to know:

  • Every Friday there is a big market on the Wilhelminaplein in front of the Fries Museum.
  • On Saturday there is a small market at the Waagplein (Nieuwestad).
  • Every Thursday is late night shopping, and the shops are also open every Sunday.
  • The "Beautiful Sunday" takes place on the last Sunday of the month; with a new edition every month, it offers an afternoon full of activities for large and small city explorers. You can find the program at 'Calender'.

Opening times  
Monday 13:00 -18:00 uur
Dinsdag 09:00 - 18:00 uur
Woensdag 09:00 - 18:00 uur
Donderdag 09:00 - 21:00 uur
Vrijdag 09:00 - 18:00 uur
Zaterdag 09:00 - 17:00 uur
Zondag 12:00 - 17:00 uur