The 92 best places to visit during a city trip in Alkmaar

Alkmaar is best known as the cheese town. But besides the Cheese Market, there is much more to do in this historic city. Stroll through D'Oude city with its authentic shops, visit one of the hidden courtyards or visit the Waagplein or the Platte Stone Bridge. With its beautiful canals, Alkmaar is also easy to discover from the water. Go on a cruise or navigate under the low bridges with a rented boat.

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Kowalski comfort store

At Kowalski you can go for a good cup of coffee, delicious lunch but also for contemporary art and design. A place full of winks and humor.

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O Shop

This modern paradise is located in the middle of the old town. A beautiful shop full of artistic accessories and original bags where choosing is difficult.

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De Narrenkap

Here you will find everything for the best party. Be surprised by the many masks, costumes and the sweet, fun and naughty articles.

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Hofje van Splinter

Away from the busy and noisy city centre? Then step into this hidden courtyard and enjoy the tranquility of this historic courtyard garden

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Het Kruithuisje

Hidden under large chestnut trees lies the Kruithuisje. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in this small gallery measuring 5 by 5 metres.

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Cadeau & Verzamelwinkel

With more than 60,000 miniature cars the largest car showroom in the Netherlands. But also nostalgic toys made of wood and tin can be found here.

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Good Times

When you walk in here you will be surprised by a nice album every time. A shop where you can wander around and listen to music.


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De Houten Trein

A beautiful shop where the atmosphere of the past comes back in a modern jacket. From beautiful toys to exciting children's and youth books.

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Studio Gespuis

Fans of vintage and industrial furniture can sniff around here on Fridays and Saturdays looking for a unique lamp, cabinet or other item.

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De Koffiemolen

Here passionate coffee makers make the most delicious coffee with great love. For breakfast, lunch, delicious cakes and pastries you're also good here.

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Charlie & Sons

In this beautifully decorated human shop you will find everything for a complete look. From good sweaters to trendy sneakers and from warm jackets to accessories.

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Heeren van Sonoy

Lunch or dinner at this historic place in the middle of Alkmaar. Dining in higher spheres? Then book the turret and enjoy the view.

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Experience the world of Cheese in this museum in the Waaggebouw through historical objects, interactive games and audiovisual stories.

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Wijn van Daan

Visit Wijn van Daan for delicious, often organic, quality wines and good advice on the tasty drinks and various wine-food combinations.

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Afghan Art Gallery

The Old Town houses a beautiful collection of Afghan jewels and objects. Admire antique jewellery, sometimes more than 200 years old.

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Hof van Sonoy

This building has had many functions over time. From monastery to restaurant. A place where the rich history is still felt.

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Antiquariaat De Alkenaer

Books, books, books everywhere! Among the thousands of books you will surely find that one book that will make your heart beat faster.

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Beatles Museum

Who doesn't know John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? Here you will find all about The Fab Four, the Beatles.

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Saladebar Oogst

Walk into Harvest for healthy, organic meal salads, a soup, juice, smoothie or coffee with something delicious. Delicious and responsible.

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College Hotel Alkmaar

Set in a renovated 19th-century school, College Hotel Alkmaar offers fine rooms with city views, a terrace and a bar.

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While enjoying a delicious cappuccino, you get honest and professional styling and clothing advice in a relaxed atmosphere.

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The Scrapyard

Enjoy the most special beers of Brewery de Moersleutel on the 1500 m2 sunny terrace at Hal25. Nice to relax with friends.

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During the summer, let yourself be surprised by a concert or performance on this cultural square or rest at one of the restaurants.

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Sencha Lunchstore

A home store where you get a second living room feeling. Here you can also enjoy breakfast, lunch and homemade cakes.

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The Whisky Specialist

For personal advice and questions about whiskey, you've come to the right place. With passion they tell you about the different bottles here.

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Wim van Assem bloembinderij

The beautiful colors and delicious scents of flowers will meet you here. In addition to beautiful bouquets, you will also find beautiful, artistic vases.

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Samen in de Keuken

Together in the Kitchen is from Emmy & Wilma, two friends with a passion for cooking, good food, special stuff and pampering.

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Here men and women's feet find the most beautiful high fashion shoe fashion. Shoes you've seen on the best European catwalks.

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Het Gulden Vlies

Drink and eat something delicious on the floating terrace or look up inside the cosiness. From lunch and dinner to high tea or a drink.

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Bakkerij Raat

To get hungry! You can see here real craftsmen with love to prepare organic loaves, egg cakes and apple pie.

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Galerie Loes Reek

Be careful not to turn anything over! This gallery is filled with the most beautiful glass art by visual artist Loes Reek and other artists.

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Concept Store Alkmaar

Here you will find impressive vintage pearls that give your interior a boost. From beautiful furniture and accessories to industrial lighting.

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Twin Arts Lifestyle

A lifestyle store full of cool, rural, but also romantic home accessories, furniture, bags and clothes. All this in a beautiful building.

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All the Queen's men

Beautiful clothes with their own style, good quality and an enthusiastic team make this shop a place where men can go for good advice.

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At this breeding ground for talent they hold a tasting every month on Thursday, a Friday afternoon drink and on Sunday quizzes or live music.

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De Binnenkomer

A cosy eatery with a casual and personal atmosphere. The dishes are fresh and affordable. From the Bigbanger burger to changing dishes.

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Rue de la Plume

In the middle of the old town of Alkmaar you will be welcomed and enjoy dishes with fresh seasonal products and unique taste combinations.

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Dani Mode

The most colorful store in Alkmaar. A fitting outfit is found because all clothing and accessories are nicely sorted by color.

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Alkmaars Koffiehuis

At the Alkmaars Koffiehuis it is always cozy thanks to the accessible homely atmosphere, good food & drinks and fun musical activities.

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Inde Soete Suyckerbol

Old Dutch candy shop with the cosiness of the pre-war years. That will be difficult to choose from the many jars full of delicious sweets.

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Stedelijk Museum

Historical photo collections, toys from the old days, painting and modern art. Get to know the history and culture of Alkmaar.

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Sietsma Army Goods

A tough store full of army goods. For everyday use, but also useful for camping and outdoor activities.

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Hielander Scottish Restaurant

The first Scottish restaurant in the Netherlands. The dishes are as authentic as possible and prepared with fresh ingredients.

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Kuhne combines modern design with vintage. The shop is full of retro furniture, accessories, art and a special collection of vinyl and books.

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For beautiful antique and brocante furniture and home accessories you are at the right place at MEUK, on the Alkmaar canals.

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SPRDLX store

SPRDLX feels like a cosy living room and is full of beautiful, unique products. From handmade leather bags to accessories, plants and illustrations.

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Curly's Beads

The passion for beads can be seen in the beautiful collection. They have here strands of precious stones, freshwater pearls, metal pendants and much more.

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IJssalon Laan

Taste the famous Laan ice cream. They've been selling one type of ice cream for almost 70 years: vanilla ice cream. Delicious with fruit, nougat or chocolate on top.

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Experience the Middle Ages. The Kaeskoppenstad event brings Alkmaar history to life together with 750 extras.

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Here they pay attention to everything that grows and blooms and cook as much as possible with the seasons. Delicious, pure food and drink.

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Hotel Stad en Land

Hotel Stad & Land is located opposite the train station and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The rooms are equipped with all the convenient facilities.

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Apart Living

They combine the self-designed furniture collection with a beautiful collection of retro lighting, separate home accessories and unique gifts.

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Pop-up store Hand-Picked by Anna & Renée

A concept store full of sustainable, hip, handmade products and great gifts. With a lot of passion selected by Anna & Renée.

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Grand Hotel Alkmaar

This 4-star hotel offers tastefully decorated designer rooms and is housed in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Alkmaar.

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Edith Rijkers Lederwaren

For the most beautiful leather products, please visit this store. From beautiful boots and bags to unique accessories and furniture.

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Plunge down at the IJKgebouw, located in a historic building on the canal where you can enjoy the sun, breakfast, lunch, dinner and delicious drinks.

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Queens has stubborn, fun, separate, colorful fashion. Here are quirky brands, natural materials and separate prints.

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Organic soups, honest coffee, vintage furniture and sugar-free pastries. SouPP is 100% vegetarian and always offers vegan options.

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Kaan’s Kaashandel

Specialist in cheese for over 100 years. Taste the artisanal taste of the cheese ripened on wooden planks. Kaan' cheese trade goes for taste!

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Lou & Blue

At Lou & Blue you score fun children's clothing, accessories and toys for both the smallest and the slightly older boys and girls.

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d'Oude Stad

Let yourself be surprised by the unique character of the streets in this district. The old merchants and warehouses now offer space for creative shops.

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't Friethuys

What could be better than well-baked fries with a delicious sauce of your choice or homemade stew? They know what to do with this.

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Biermuseum De Boom

What is malting and why is yeast so important? In De Boom, they like to tell you all about it. Tasting can also be done in the tasting room under the museum.

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Wolf Kitchen Bar Hotel

Wolf Hotel Kitchen & Bar is just steps away from the highlights of Alkmaar and guests can enjoy delicious cuisine in the restaurant.

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Living Roots

Stroke around at Living Roots between the beautiful living collection and taste a nice sandwich and a good cup of coffee in the nicely furnished lunchroom.

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DigiBeet en Katten Café

The cats are cheerfully hopping around in this unique cat café where people with disabilities have a workplace and you can go with computer problems.

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Where used to lay the vegetable garden of a castle, you can now find the cabbage garden. One of Alkmaar's most beautiful streets with a few nice shops and a pub.

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Proeflokaal De Boom

In addition to cosy indoors, you can also enjoy a delicious specialty beer on the deck boat that is docked in front of the tasting room.

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RIVS Store

RIVS stands for exclusive women's fashion with a timeless twist. In the collection full of luxury brands you will find the right outfit for every occasion.

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Boom Klompen & Borstels

This family shop is more than a century to visit. The old shop window, the clogs in the old wooden shelves and antique cash register bring you back in time.

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For 50 years this vegetable trade has been found in Alkmaar. On this healthy spot you will find vegetables, fruits, complete meals, salads and juices. Delicious.

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Enjoy a good breakfast, coffee, homemade cakes, a healthy lunch, extensive High Tea or a High Wine at Anne&Max.

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Bierwinkel Alkmaar

In Alkmaar, the beer lover doesn't have to miss anything, because with over 500 different types of beers there is something for everyone.

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Atelier De Voordam

Looking for a gift or just something original. Atelier de Voordam is full of unique and artistic products, made by people with disabilities.

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Platte Stenenbrug

Around the Platte Stone Bridge you will find cozy cafes and you can enjoy the sun on the terrace. From here you walk into the Old Town.

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Friethuis De Vlaminck

The best artisan fries of Alkmaar can be found at the Vlaminck. Delicious with mayonnaise, joppie, samurai or one of the other sauces.

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Grote Kerk

This church from the 15th century is on display. The beautiful interior is also a regular venue for exhibitions, conventions and concerts.

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Stadsstrand De Kade

With your feet in the sand, you'll feel like you're on the beach. During the summer months, the enthusiastic staff will let you experience the real summer feeling.

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A hobby that got out of hand? Platron4 is full of Lego, from unique sets to loose parts. Nice for young and old.

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The entrance to the Oudegracht is not to be missed thanks to the 'wild Hercules'. Behind the door you will find a beautiful, symmetrically landscaped courtyard.

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Mulder's kookwinkel

With so many wonderful cooking items you will not get bored quickly. The wide range and good service make this a paradise for cooking lovers.

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In the Langestraat it is difficult to get around this national monument. You can regularly see newly-married bridal couples coming down the stairs.

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Grachtenrondvaart Alkmaar

Hop on a cruise boat and explore Alkmaar from the water. Be careful! During the tour you have to bend over 22 times for low bridges.

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IJssalon De Mient

Taste the artisanally prepared ice cream of the Mient. Can also be ordered from the water. Loud the bell from your boat and order.

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P+R Kruseman van Eltenweg

Parking area with favourable parking rates located on the west side of the city centre behind the station Alkmaar Centraal.

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Parkeergarage Schelphoek

Spacious parking location that is easy to reach from the A9 motorway. You walk from the south-east side in a few minutes to the city centre.

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Parkeergarage De Vest

Parking garage on the north side of the city centre under the De Vest city theatre. Located close to the Grote Kerk and the Stedelijk Museum.

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Parkeergarage Karperton

For parking in the city centre, this spacious parking garage is an ideal location. You walk right from the north side into the city centre of Alkmaar.

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Parkeerterrein Parcade

Cheap parking in the car park at the Jagerstraat on the north side of the center of Alkmaar.

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Tourist Information Point

Visit TIP for information and tips on attractions, activities and excursions in Alkmaar and surroundings. Also small souvenirs shop present.

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NS Station Alkmaar

This train station is located on the north-west side of the city centre. Take the exit in front and walk to the city centre in about 10 minutes.

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Behind the Waagplein, at the foot of the Waagtoren you will find the Tourist Office. Find out what the region has to offer with various information.

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