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A Day in... Haarlem

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Last December, my boyfriend and I decided to take a day trip to Haarlem. We went because of the annual Christmas market that I, as a very Christmassy person, really wanted to go to. We were not disappointed. But the market was far from being the only nice thing about Haarlem. It is very true when they say that it is a "little Amsterdam". Smaller, but then cutter, and far less busy. This little town has a lot of charm, and every street reserves a very nice sight, something picturesque on every corner. We did not spend lot of time there, yet we will for sure go back soon. Unfortunately since we went to visit the market, we also did not have time to visit a lot of places. The main thing we did was walking around the cute streets of Haarlem, enjoying its typical Dutch architecture and charm. 
Nonetheless, I do have some recommendation. First of all, shopping wise. We did visit some shops, when we were getting way too cold and needed some warmth in between the Christmas stands. Around Grote Houtstraat, there were many little shops, selling diverse items, from clothing to home decoration and jewelry. Those independent stores are definitely worse a visit, here you could find many more treasures than you would have expected. Number Nine, on Kruitstraat, is also a good place if you are looking for good quality and trending fashion. Finally, Olivia & Kate does gather many bits and bobs, that trends hunter will fall in love with. 
When it comes to food, I would recommend Magador, on Gasthuisstraat, for lunch; and an amazing place if you want to eat a really good pizza for dinner would certainly be Nolita. 
But whatever you do in Haarlem, it is for sure a good place to create amazing souvenirs. 



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