In Groningen, you can shop seven days a week: from Tuesday through Friday, most shops are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays, you can shop until 5 p.m., and on Mondays, most shops in the city centre are closed until 1 p.m. (with some exceptions). On weekdays, most shops are open until 6 in the evening.
Shop every day, including Sundays
No commitments and the world at your feet: that’s the Sunday feeling at its best. Want to go to a film, see a live theatre performance or a check out a museum? How about having a drink, or deciding spur of the moment to eat out, or just having fun shopping? In Groningen, it’s all possible: shops in the city are regularly open for business on Sundays. During the week, shops in Groningen stay open extra long hours on Thursday evenings – doors don’t close until 9 p.m.
Local highlights from the shopping scene
Stardust (Carolieweg 13)
The best hipster shop in Groningen, you can score vintage, remade, and new clothes and accessories at Stardust.
Market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Groningen’s market has been chosen as the best in the Netherlands. You’ll find everything from the Groninger metworst or drogeworst to a potato stall with more than 10 different varieties. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 – 17:00
Laif and Nuver (Vismarkt 40)
This furniture shop has found the perfect balance of modern and traditional and has accessories like nice journals, notebooks and CDs to fill your shelves.
Le Souk (Folkingestraat 21)
This miniature North African market is a hit in Groningen and is known for its large assortment of herbs, fresh vegetables, delicious olives, dolmas and other Mediterranean tapas.
FOLK Concept Store (Folkingestraat 17)
This is the perfect place to score original birthday presents. The owner of this shop is an artist and sells his own creations alongside other products from Groningen.
Ariola Delicatessen (Folkingestraat 54)
The deli sells delicious fresh pasta, sandwiches and snacks and has been repeatedly voted the best shop in the Netherlands! Treat yourself to a delicious take-away lunch.
De Stadsakker (Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 38)
This shop offers weekly, bi-weekly and monthly fresh vegetable packages for pick-up. Because it’s locally sourced, the supply can vary from fairly wide-ranging to limited range, season and harvest-depending.
Zwanestraat & Kromme Elleboog
The Zwanestraat is a pleasant shopping street with unique shops. Cross the Guldenstraat to the Kromme Elleboog where Bonbon Studio Luca and Leuk & Lekker are located. It’s a nice addition to what’s found on the Zwanestraat.
Droppie (Astraat 7)
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the place to be. This nostalgic old Dutch store has more than 300 kinds of candy. You’ll pay 1.50 euros for 100g of liquorice. Hours: Mon.: 13:00 – 18:00; Tues. to Fri.: 10:00 – 18:00; Sat: 10:00 – 17:00; Sun: 12:00 – 17:00.