Shopping and Groceries

Since Groningen is one of the youngest cities in the Netherlands, the city has a wide variation in shops varying from luxury brands such as Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger till the typical Dutch well-known low budget store Zeeman. Shopping addicts can definitely spend their money on everything shiny and glamorous, while food addicts can fill their tummy in one of the many dining cafes. Who says a student needs to live on dry bread and water in order to follow the latest trends? We will provide you with a quick tour through the shopping area of Groningen.


The Herestraat in Groningen is the longest shopping street in the city, and houses many well-known Dutch and international stores. Fashion addicts can shop here for shoes (Van HarenVan Lier) or clothes (ZaraJack & JonesH&M and many more). When taking a break from shopping you can grab a coffee at the small but cozy Favolosa. Really hungry? You can always grab a Big Mac at McDonalds.

However, the Herestraat is not the only shopping street in Groningen. Do you fancy a bit more original clothing, some creative furniture or organic food? It is definitely worth visiting the many small sub-streets surrounding the city centre. You will discover more original and less standard shops that are definitely worth a visit! The Folkingstraat is often said to be the coziest street of Groningen, and houses many stores specialized in art, interior design and lifestyle. Do you want your room to look less like an Ikea showroom? When you’re looking for paintings, dinnerware (Lily & Rose) or antiques; here you will have choice in many special treasures.

Another hidden treasure in the city centre is music store Plato. Music lovers will find this heaven. From rock, indie, hip hop, soul or jazz, every music genre can be found. The store also characterizes itself by the many attractive bargains that can be found throughout the store on a prominent spot.


Tired from all the shopping and you still need to do your groceries for the rest of the week? Groningen offers a variety of grocery stores in the city centre and the surrounding neighbourhoods. Supermarkets offering standard prices are for example Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Aldi.

Temporarily on a budget? You need to visit a Lidl . Albert Heijn can be found everywhere in and surrounding the city centre. Aldi and Lidl cannot be found in the middle of the centre. An Aldi store close to the city centre is in neighbourhood Korrewegwijk. A Lidl store can be found in the neighbourhoods Korrewegwijk and De Wijert. If you want to know where the nearest supermarket is, simply check the map of your area or neighbourhood on Google Maps. Or check out our page about the neighbourhoods.

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