Shopping in Hoorn
Shopping in Hoorn Reviews
Shop till you drop Jul 31, 2014
Shopping for free? Yes, it is called windowshopping, you don't "have" to buy something (I am not saying you can borrow something without asking, or returning it back).
Now about the shopping part: Hoorn is an old city, city rights have been granted in the year 1356. Even before that time Hoorn was a place of trade, since the city rights Hoorn became even more important. At the Golden Age (17th century) Hoorn became one of the most powerfull cities with explorers (Cape Horn is named after Hoorn, Abel Tasman (Tasmania) departed from Hoorn and Jan Pieterszoon Coen was born and raised here) and wealthy tradesmen. The Dutch East India Company was also seated in this city.
Hoorn is still important in the trade, but now as city where companies house there local offices or even their head quarters. Hoorn is also hometown of severall big national companies: Blokker (departmentstore), Deen ("supermarket") and Jamin (candy store) to name three still existing.
Now, the real shopping in modern day: most mayor Dutch stores have at least one shop at the Grote Noord, this street is filled with old facades and dozens of national heritage sites called Rijksmonuments. Other streets are mentioned above. In between the mayor streets there are severall smaller streets or alleys with shops, do not forget about them as there are very nice shops in those alleys.
If you are done shopping you can visit one of the bars or restaurants scatterd in between the shops. Also the Westfries Museum is nearby.
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