Leiden may not have the name recognition of Amsterdam and Delft, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to pick up a few souvenirs and specialties along the way. Check out these inside tips about the shops, stores and best buys of Leiden.
The Main Drags in Leiden
Haarlemmerstraat is the main shopping street and a place for you to find specialty outlets, supermarkets for snacks and clothes. There are more than 200 places to spend to make for a full day of fun and exploring. V&D is their major department store chain, and is located right by city hall. There’s also an upscale consignment store where you can find antiques called ‘t Ware Thuys. Bike shops are everywhere too because it’s the most popular way to get around Holland. There are a variety of ways you’ll see the local culture of the Southern Holland, starting with the most popular areas to buy.
Check out the international vibes with gifts from around the world at Wereldwinkel, which is a shop that sells toys, jewelry and electronics and promotes fair trade. Souvenir shops can be found practically anywhere, but some are better quality than others. There’s H.J. Van Luijken which has everything you could want when it comes to music from around the world. From bootlegs to live performances, you may find a treasure here you could never find online. Other recommendations include the barbershops, flower shops and knitting shops found within the city. Visitors recommend getting your hair done at Kinky or trying the Italian food at Pomino or delicious food from Toko Asia.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to shop in Leiden.