Haarlem Shopping Areas
Much of Haarlem's shopping is in picturesque pedestrianized (traffic-free) zones. The Grote Houtstraat is Haarlem's main shopping street and has most of the usual high street retailers.
The surrounding streets, like Kleine Houtstraat, the Warmoesstraat and Gierstraat, have Haarlem's smaller independent stores. Here you can spend hours just browsing or buying anything from high end bicycles to handmade children's toys. The friendly retailers are happy to advise or leave you to discover the shop on your own.
Market days are also held twice weekly in Haarlem, with wonderful fresh bread and lovely vegetables enticing you to sample the goods. The largest market is on the Grote Markt square, under St. Bavo Cathedral, and is held on Monday and Saturdays. Markets have been held on this square since the middle-ages and here visitors can really soak up Haarlem's atmosphere.
Haarlem Shopping Hours
In general, shops are open from Monday to Saturday. Opening times usually are from 9am to 5pm, except on Monday's when shops open at 1pm.
Many shops in Haarlem's city center also open on Sundays too (Koopzondag) and shops are often open from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday evenings as well.
A really handy website for checking (in real time) whether shops, restaurants - or pretty much anything is open anywhere in the Netherlands is openingstijden.com. Try the search box or browse through the list for inspiration.