Shops

From small village grocery stores to large supermarket chain stores - wherever you are cycling in Holland, there are plenty of places where you can do your shopping. Do be aware that limited shopping hours apply and not all rural towns have a supermarket. So don't leave your shopping to last minute, or you might find yourself going hungry!
Doing your shopping on route. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Doing your shopping on route. Photo © Holland-Cycling.com

Shopping hours in Holland

Shops

Normal shopping hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Though many shops open later, or not at all on Monday. The latter applies for many bicycle shops. Most towns and villages have one late shopping day a week - either on Thursday or Friday. The shops are then open until 9 p.m.

Shopping on Sundays is still very much under debate. It's up to the local authorities to decide whether shops are allowed to open on Sundays. Unless you're in one of the larger cities, don't expect shops to be open on Sundays.

If you're in a rural area, you might find some small village shops close at lunchtime, on one weekday afternoon, or even for the summer holidays. In tourist areas shops might have longer opening hours during the high season.

Supermarkets

Normal opening hours for large supermarkets are Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or to 9 p.m. on Thursday or Friday when it's late shopping day. Unless you're in one of the larger cities, don't expect supermarkets to be open on Sundays.

Shops closed on public holidays

Most shops are closed on public holidays. Though like shopping on Sundays, shopping on public holidays is slowly being introduced in Holland.

Dutch national holidays and celebrations in 2015
1 January New Year’s Day Public holiday
25 March Good Friday  
27 March Easter Sunday Public holiday
28 March Easter Monday Public holiday
27 April King’s Day Public holiday
1 May Labour Day  
4 May Remembrance Day  
5 May Liberation Day Public holiday
5 May Ascension Day Public holiday
15 May Whit Sunday Public holiday
16 May Whit Monday Public holiday
25 December Christmas Public holiday
26 December Boxing Day Public holiday
31 December New Year’s Eve