In the spotlight #3 The three most beautiful shopping centers in the Netherlands

Sven Peeters
Sven Peeters15-05-2023
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands - Leidschendam - Nederland - Wikimedia Commons  - Vincent van Zeijst

1. Westfield Mall of the Netherlands – Leidschendam

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands - Leidschendam - Nederland
Westfield Mall of the Netherlands - Leidschendam - Nederland
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Westfield Mall of the Netherlands Shop - Leidschendam
More than 250 shops and restaurants have been brought together in the building in Leidschendam-Voorburg, including all well-known brand stores. It is a special destination where you can enjoy the best

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands, located in Leidschendam, is the largest and most diverse shopping center of its kind in the Netherlands. With more than 280 shops and eateries under one roof, this mall offers an extensive entertainment offering for countless hours of entertainment. Whether you are looking for the latest fashion trends, want to discover culinary delights, enjoy relaxation or entertainment, Westfield Mall of the Netherlands has something for everyone.

Discover local designers and artists in pop-up stores

The mall is the perfect destination for a day trip. You can not only enjoy endless shopping, but also participate in various activities and events. Whether you like fashion, interior, children's products or electronics, with 215 stores there is something for every taste. The range of shops varies from major international clothing brands to unique boutiques and local designers. A visit to The Gallery, a concept store section, is a must. Here you can discover iconic brands and pop-ups from local designers and artists. The atmosphere is trendy and dynamic, with a trendy barbershop and areas for product launches and promotions. The range of products is constantly changing, making every shopping experience a new one.

Westfield Mall brings world flavors together

In addition to the extensive range of shops, there is also a wide choice of dining options in Westfield Mall of the Netherlands. The Eet Theater, a high-quality food hall, offers a range of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy delicious dishes and drinks. Whether you fancy a cup of coffee, a quick bite or an extensive dinner, there is something for everyone. In addition, there is De Fresh, a culinary destination that brings together world flavors. From a Mediterranean market to an Arab souk and an Asian grocer, here you can enjoy artisanal products from all over the world. In addition, live culinary events are regularly hosted, where well-known chefs give cooking demonstrations, workshops and tastings.

Pay a visit to the Youseum Selfie Museum

Westfield Mall of the Netherlands offers more than just shopping and dining. It has an extensive entertainment offering for all ages and interests. Visit the cinema with 11 modern screening rooms and enjoy the latest films. For games lovers, there is an arcade where you can try your luck and have fun on the bowling or mini golf courses. The Youseum selfie museum is a unique experience where you can show off your creativity and create shareable movies in 18 rooms and 25 installations. For relaxation and pampering you can visit the spa, where you can enjoy various treatments and relax.

2. Hoog Catharijne – Utrecht

Hoog Catharijne - Utrecht - Nederland
Hoog Catharijne - Utrecht - Nederland
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Hoog Catharijne Shop - Utrecht
With almost 30 million visitors per year, Hoog Catharijne is the busiest shopping center in the country.

Hoog Catharijne offers the opportunity to enjoy a nice breakfast or a cup of coffee. The morning and afternoon catering is open daily from 08:00 to 20:00, while the afternoon and evening catering is open from 10:00 to 22:00. There are even supermarkets in Hoog Catharijne that are open. These supermarkets are open from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 21:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00.

Pressure gauge

On the website of Hoog Catharijne you can find a crowd meter, which shows you how busy it normally is at different times of the day. Immediately after opening time and just before closing time it is generally quiet in Hoog Catharijne, but that is also because only a limited number of shops are open. In general, it is also fairly quiet between 10:00 and 12:00 and between 18:00 and 20:00. It is often a bit busier between 12:00 and 2:00 PM and between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, while the biggest crowds usually occur between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. If you prefer not to deal with large crowds, it is better to avoid these times.

As many as 128 shops

Hoog Catharijne has no less than 128 shops, so there is plenty to discover. Here you can find the latest fashion items from major fashion chains such as Bershka, Costes, H&M and Levi's. You've also come to the right place for interior shopping, with stores such as H&M Home, Casa and Zara Home. And of course there are also shops such as Sostrene Grene, Normal and Lush where you will always find something nice!

Recover at one of the eateries

Shopping can be exhausting, especially with so many stores to explore. That's why you can relax and refuel at one of the eateries in the mall. Enjoy a delicious cinnamon roll from Cinnabon, a delicious sandwich from Bakker Bart, or a hot or cold tea from YOYO! Fresh Tea Bar.

Parking at Hoog Catharijne

At Hoog Catharijne you can not only shop indoors, but also park cheaply. You can choose from parking garages P1, P4 or P5 if you want to book online. You can park for a whole day for only €15 when you reserve your parking space online in advance. Take advantage of this advantage and enjoy a fun day in Utrecht! Reserve your parking space online now.

3. Alexandrium Shopping Center – Rotterdam

Alexandrium Shopping Center - Rotterdam - Nederland
Alexandrium Shopping Center - Rotterdam - Nederland
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Alexandrium Shopping Center Shop - Rotterdam
What makes Alexandrium unique is that in addition to the regular shops you would expect in a shopping street, you will also find furniture shops that you would normally find on a residential boulevard

With a wide range of shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities, Alexandrium is the place to shop, relax and enjoy. In this blog, we take you on a tour of this shopper's paradise and share all the ins and outs you need to know to get the most out of your visit.

Three different parts in Alexandrium

Alexandrium consists of three parts: Alexandrium Shopping Center, Alexandrium Megastores and Alexandrium Woonmall. Together they offer a wide variety of shops, so you can find almost everything you need here.

Alexandrium Shopping Center

This is the heart of the mall, with more than 140 stores. Here you will find well-known brands such as H&M, ZARA, Primark, Douglas and many others. Whether you are looking for the latest fashion, shoes, accessories or cosmetics, you will find it all in the Alexandrium Shopping Center.

Alexandrium Megastores

For larger purchases, you can go to Alexandrium Megastores. This department houses large retail chains such as MediaMarkt, Decathlon and BCC. Here you can shop for electronics, sporting goods, household appliances and much more.

Alexandrium Woonmall

Looking for new furniture or home accessories? Alexandrium Woonmall offers a wide range of home furnishing stores. Think of stores such as IKEA, Henders & Hazel, Leen Bakker and Kwantum. Here you can find endless inspiration for your interior and find the perfect items to furnish your home.

Eat and relax in Alexandrium

In addition to shopping, you can also enjoy delicious food and relax in Alexandrium. The shopping center has various catering establishments, from quick snacks to extensive meals.

In Alexandrium you will find a variety of restaurants, cafes and snack bars. Taste delicious dishes at La Place, enjoy a cup of coffee and cake at Doppio Espresso, or treat yourself to a tasty burger at McDonald's. There is something for everyone!

If you want to take a break from shopping, there are several seating areas and terraces where you can relax. In addition, events and activities are organized regularly, such as fashion shows, live music and children's activities. Keep an eye on the Alexandrium website and social media for the latest events and promotions.

Alexandrium is located on the east side of Rotterdam and is easily accessible by car and public transport. Are you coming by car? There are more than 2000 parking spaces available, both free and paid.

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