Friesland shopping

Top Choice Drinks in Sneek

Weduwe Joustra

No drink is more traditional to seafaring Sneek than beerenburg, a local herb-infused gin originally drunk by sailors to warm their cockles at sea and stave off illness. Since 1864 it has been distilled at Weduwe Jo…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Hindeloopen

Roosje Hindeloopen

A mooch around the workshop and boutique of Hindeloopen's oldest furniture maker is a highlight. Founded in 1894, the family business is run today by Bertus and his two sons, Johan and Titus, who craft exquisite fol…
Books in Leeuwarden


For an excellent selection of books about Friesland, including a couple of translations of Frisian poets and novelists, duck into this Frisian bookshop and cultural centre.
Arts & Crafts in Hindeloopen

Atelier Glashouwer

At home in an 18th-century red-brick cottage, this family workshop specialises in Hindeloopen's traditional art of furniture painting, starting with its elaborately painted, black wooden shutters. Inside, ornately d…
Food & Drinks in Leeuwarden


Time appears to stand still in this old-fashioned store selling local and regional food products and drinks from Friesland. Think cheese, air-dried sausages, cranberry jellies and jams, teas, liqueurs and spirits, i…
Books in Leeuwarden

Van der Velde

An elegant bookshop with a small but decent selection of English-language and travel books.