2012 – 2013
Last Revised August 7, 2012
MMN Team Members:
Co-Chairs: Berit Brooke, Linda van Zuilekom.
Nichole Bacheller, Mandy Dewbre, Winnifred Ferro,
Lora Lyn Frederick, Christi Kennedy, Kelley Lovelace,
A Safe Harbor Program
Kara McClain, Courtney Moeller,
Kim Vela and Pamela Wigmore
Table of Contents:
A. Important Resources 3
B. School Calendar 5
C. Monday Morning Networking Calendar 6
D. Netherlands Public Holidays 7
E. Banking 8
F. TV, Phone, and Internet 10
G. Trash Collection and Disposal 14
H. Transportation 17
I. Shopping 20
J. Book Stores and Recommended Books 24
A. Important Resources
Wassenaar Gemeente (City Hall)
General 070-512-2222 www.wassenaar.nl
Den Haag Gemeente (City Hall)
General 070- 353 3000 www.denhaag.nl
General Emergency 112
ASH Groups, Resources and Committees
� ASH: The American School of the Hague - www.ash.nl - 070 512 10 60
� Inside ASH: A portal for all things concerning ASH - www.ash.nl/podium
� Monday Morning Networking (MMN): Weekly programs and events for new and
returning families - email@example.com or www.ash.nl/mmn
� FLASH: The weekly ASH e-mail newsletter
� PTO Adult Education: Provides classes and tours for adults – www.ash.nl/adulted
� School Libraries: Provides books for children and adults as well as computer and
internet usage before and after school
� School Counselors: A resource to help parents as well as students
XPAT Journal www.xpat.nl
Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.minbuza.nl
Local Information www.thehagueonline.com
Dutch News in English www.dutchnews.nl
Local Newspaper www.thelocalexpat.com
Global Expat Network www.angloinfo.com
Life in The Hague, Leiden, etc www.southholland.angloinfo.com
The Hague International Center www.thehague.com (Xpat desk and ACCESS)
Phone: 070 353 50 43
The first point of contact for (new) residents of the city of The Hague, located at Den
Haag City Hall - provides a welcome packet for new arrivals and information on
services from various municipal departments (parking permits, marriages, registration
of birth, converting driving licenses etc.).
Other Information and Clubs
www.vvv.nl (Netherlands tourism info)
www.google.com/chrome (browser with useful translation function)
www.babelfish.altavista.com (translation website)
www.awcthehague.org (American Women’s Club)
www.anzwc.org (Australian and New Zealand Women’s Club)
www.pwc-thehague.com (Petroleum Wives’ Club)
www.iwcthehague.nl (International Women’s Contact The Hague)
(Alien Society in Holland - Yahoo user group listing of local items for sale)
(ASH Advice - Yahoo user group for local information and advice)
Public Transportation websites
www.9292.nl – plan routes for all transport around the Netherlands
www.ns.nl/en - Dutch Rail in English
www.nshispeed.nl/en - international rail
www.htm.net - Bus/ Trams
www.ov-chipkaart.nl - information about the Chipkaart (tickets for transport)
www.thalys.com/nl/en – international rail
C. Monday Morning Networking Fall Calendar
Date Meeting Topic
August 27, 2012 Welcome Meeting "Faces of ASH”
September 3, 2012 Cooking and Shopping / Lunch
September 10, 2012 Driving and Biking in the Netherlands
September 17, 2012 Healthcare in the Netherlands
September 24, 2012* At Home in Leiden
October 1, 2012 Travel Tips: The Netherlands and Beyond
October 8, 2012* Trip to Butcher & C1000
October 15, 2012 No Meeting/Fall Break
October 22, 2012 No Meeting / Monday after Break
October 29, 2012 Unpack Your Mind
November 5, 2012 Dutch Culture & Sinterklaas / Lunch
November 12, 2012 to be determined
November 19, 2012* Sligro Field Trip
November 26, 2012 No Meeting / Monday after Break
December 3, 2012* Holiday Decorating
December 10, 2012* Holiday Party
• All Meetings start at 9:00 am and will take place in the ABF unless otherwise noted (*).
• Coffee available at 8:45 am
D. Netherlands Public Holidays
December 5, 2012 Sinterklaas
December 25, 2002 Christmas Day
December 26, 2012 Boxing Day
January 1, 2013 New Year's Day
March 29-April 1, 2013 Easter
April 30, 2013 Queen's Day
May 5, 2013 Liberation Day/Bevrijdingsdag
May 9, 2013 Ascension Day/Hemelvaartsdag
May 20, 2013 Whit Monday/Pinksterdag
December 25, 2013 Christmas Day
December 26, 2013 Boxing Day
Debit Card Pas
Enter (as in data) Invoer/Toets
Direct Debit Authority Machtigingskaart
Funds Transfer Authority Aceptgiro
Direct Debit Incasso
Using an ATM
Insert Your Card……………………… Voeer uw pinpas in
Enter Your PIN Code…………………. Toets het PIN-code in
After entering your PIN, the machine will ask if you want to choose a language. Select
your desired language and follow the prompts. At some ATM’s you can choose the notes
you want – select “ander bedrag”, or “other amount”, enter your amount and then you
may get a choice of note combinations.
Dutch PIN Card: The Dutch PIN card is similar to a debit card in the United States. When
you PIN something at the store, the money is immediately withdrawn from your account.
Getting a Dutch PIN card may take some time, so you will want to have your ATM card
from your previous bank available so that you can withdraw cash (as many stores only
take cash or Dutch PIN cards). Similar to a debit card, the pin card requires a code to be
Transferring Money to Your Account: There will be times when you may need to transfer
money from your bank account in your host country to your bank account in the
Netherlands. While there is no way of avoiding the various fees associated with this,
however, one option is to withdraw the money from a local ATM and then deposit it into
your account via an ATM that accepts deposits. Inside the ABN AMRO in Wassenaar,
there is a separate ATM that will accept cash deposits.
CHIPKNIP: This is a chip added to the Dutch PIN card. You load money onto the chip and
it can be used without a pin code at some points of purchase and many parking meters.
There is a machine next to many ATMs to add money onto your card. It can also be done
in English. Just ask a person at the bank to assist you the first time. Please note, the
money that you load on to the card is not password protected, so if your card is lost or
stolen, the money you loaded onto the CHIP can be used. As such, it is best not to place
large amounts onto the card.
Exchanging Money: To buy or sell foreign currency or travelers checks, you generally
need to go to the GWK Travelex counters at Schiphol, or at the train stations in Leiden or
The Hague. For locations and addresses see www.gwktravelex.nl
Local banks will sometimes sell foreign currency but there is usually a 1000 Euro minimum.
F. TV, Phone and Internet
Starting a phone and Internet connection in the Netherlands can often be time consuming,
complicated and frustrating. However, knowing some basic information before you start
ordering your services can save you a lot of trouble. To set-up connection for Internet and
telephones takes about two weeks. Always inquire about the current deals on installation
for all services.
Telephone, TV and Internet
There are several options for TV and Internet. The two biggest providers for your
telephone, Internet and TV connection are KPN and Ziggo.
KPN is the largest telecommunications company in Holland. New arrivals to the
Netherlands must visit the KPN retail outlets, called the Primafoon store, in person and
present identification and a certificate of residence from the Gemeente (Town Hall), or
otherwise be subject to a large deposit.
Visit the Primafoon stores early in the day since they are often very busy and ill-
equipped for people with lots of unusual questions. There are Primafoon stores in:
� Leidschendam (Leidschehage shopping mall, Berkenhove 16)
� The Hague Centre (Lange Poten 25, open 9am)
� The Hague Statenkwartier (Frederik Hendriklaan 128, open 9am)
� Leiden (Haarlemmerstraat 156)
� Rijswijk (Steenvoordelaan 388)
KPN provides telephone, Internet, digital TV and mobile phone. You can choose any
combination of packages to meet your need. The common choices for the telephone
are analog or ADSL (DSL). For Internet, the common choice is ADSL wired or wireless.
Choices for TV are Digitenne or Interactive TV - both have radio and TV channels.
Signing up for ADSL
Order your ADSL service connection from KPN (who own and monitor the
connections and lines), and they charge a fee for the service on top of the fee you
pay to your Internet service provider (who own the computers servers that cope
with your internet traffic). Primafoon staff can start an account for you with one of
the larger internet service providers, order your connection and set a connection
date, and order the appropriate modem and equipment.
ADSL connections can take a very long time to set up, so order as early as you
can. The modem and cables arrive in the mail after a couple of weeks, but you
must wait until KPN starts the connection before trying to install. Software
installation is fairly straightforward, but instructions are in Dutch. If you don’t want
to install the modem and set up the software yourself, you can get a KPN
technician to visit you. Most of the time installation is free when you order your
services for the Internet connection and the phone.
If you have problems setting up, or your connection does not seem to have been
started, you can call the KPN help line 0900-0244 (10 cent p/m) or technical
department on 0800-0407(enter you phone number, then options 2 then 3)
For more information about KPN go to www.kpn.com (Dutch only)
If you need help with ordering call 010 266 0905 from 8am until 10pm
ZIGGO offers many plans that combine TV/Internet/phone and mobile phones. You
can visit several retail stores to get connected or simply sign-up via their website (in
Dutch). For more information about Ziggo, go to www.ziggo.nl
Satellite TV & Other Options
There are other options for TV including satellite, which is offered through several
companies based in the UK. For U.S. Military families, AFN (Armed Forces Network) is
available. There is also SKY TV, which is broadcast from the UK, Apple TV, and
downloading TV shows from iTunes or other websites.
There are so many different providers of cell phones that we are not really able to
provide specific details on the process. However, here are a couple of things to think
about and know before walking into a local store. Your existing phone might work in the
Netherlands just by replacing the SIM card, or you may need a new phone.
Prepaid versus Contract
This choice really depends on how many calls you make, and on how long you are
planning to stay in Holland.
� Prepaid gives you a lot of freedom, you can use it for as long or as short as
you want, with no obligations at all. The downside is that your calls are more
expensive than with a contract. Also, when you run out of credit, you need to
purchase new credit before you can continue making calls.
� Contract : If you are planning to stay for (almost) a year or longer, a contract
could be the right choice for you. You can choose from a 1, 2, or 3 year
contract. Obviously, the longer the contract term, the less you have to pay for
the mobile phone (many of them are for free anyway).
Choosing a Provider
After making choices number one and number two, you need to make the toughest choice.
To which company do I want to give my hard-earned money?
You probably already know if you want a pre-paid phone or a contract, and also if you
want a new phone or not. Thus you have narrowed down your options quite a bit, which is
good. Every one of the providers (KPN, Vodafone, Telfort, Orange, and T-mobile) now
offers good quality and good service. So you need to find out which pricing scheme fits
you best. In all cases, the higher the monthly fee, the lower the cost per minute.
If choosing to go with a contract, the best advice is to go to the phone store you plan
to do business with and ask the sales representative what documentation they require
to set up the contract. For expats, this can be fairly extensive including:
� Local Bank statement showing account # & balance
� Employment Contract
� Housing Contract
� Residence Card
It is best to go in beforehand and ask what you will need, rather than to walk in and
expect to walk out with a phone.
G. Trash Collection and Disposal
Garbage is separated as much as possible in the Netherlands, so it can be treated in an
environmentally friendly way. However, some of the items you may have recycled in other
countries may not be separated out here, such as aluminum cans. Your gemeente (local
government) will provide you with bins for regular household waste (the grey bin), organic
waste (the green bin), and chemical waste (the small chemobox), and you must only use
those provided. If your home does not have these bins you may request them from the
gemeente. The pick-ups usually take place once a week in Den Haag and twice in
Wassenaar, once for the regular waste and once for the green waste, but frequently on
the same day.
Guidelines for putting out your bins
� Place the bins near the edge of the curb, with handles/wheels pointing to the street, or
the refuse collectors may not pick them up!
� Only use bins provided and do not overfill the bin. Don't put sharp or dangerous items
into the bags. You can be fined for improper rubbish placement or handling and it
may not be picked up if it is overflowing.
� Do not line your green bin with a plastic bag, no matter how messy it has become. You
can use biodegradable liners if you wish. Do not clean the green bin with detergents.
Regular household waste ("huisvuil")
Regular household waste goes in the grey bin. The lid must be able to close or they may
not pick up your trash.
Green waste ("groentevuil/tuinvuil")
"Green" refuse is basically any relatively small waste from your kitchen or garden that
can be easily composted. This is separated from the rest of the regular waste in the
Netherlands. You should put items such as the following in the green bin:
� Vegetables, fruits and their peelings
� Eggshells, cheese rinds, nutshells
� Coffee grinds and teabags
� Fish remains
� Grass, plant clippings, weeds, leaves
� Soil and potting compost
You cannot put these items in the green bin:
� Plastic, or waxed cardboard or cartons
� Glass, metal, paper
� Meat and bones, even when cooked
� Deep fried fats
� Diapers, cat/dog litter
Although not collected, glass, paper and plastic are all recyclable and many supermarkets
(such as Albert Heijn) and neighborhood areas (such as near the Sterrenbad (swimming
pool) have recycling points with bins. Glass should be carefully separated into clear (wit),
brown (bruin) and green (groen) bins. Regular paper means newspapers, flyers, computer
paper, most wrapping paper, flattened cardboard and even old telephone books. Do not
put firm, glossy or metallic paper or staples into the paper-recycling bin if you can help it.
It is also wise not to put papers with personal information printed on them in the bins. In
Den Haag, there is also a municipal paper pick-up day once a month - check the
calendar. Most plastic can be recycled, except for Styrofoam and chip/crisp packets.
Note: In some areas paper & cardboard ARE collected. These items are picked up every
other week and are placed in the blue container.
To reduce paper waste, you can get a sticker for your mailbox from the Gemeente, or at
the MMN meetings at the ABF, which says “Nee / Nee” or “Nee / Ja”, meaning no to junk
mail and no to local newspapers, or no to junk mail and yes to local newspapers.
Many plastic and glass bottles have a deposit (statiegeld), which is paid upon purchase
and given back upon return. Large plastic soda/water bottles and 0.3 liter glass beer
bottles have this deposit on them, and should be returned at the supermarket or wine
store. Larger supermarkets have machines for receiving the bottles and print out a credit
slip for you to redeem at the checkout when you have finished. Some supermarkets also
have a place where you can donate the credit slips to charity. Smaller soda or water
bottles, made from softer plastic, and beer bottles that are not .3 liter size are not
returned for a deposit and can be recycled in the appropriate bins.
Chemical waste ("klein chemisch afval")
Batteries, light bulbs, energy saving bulbs, fluorescent tubes, pesticides, oil and paint, and
household chemicals must be disposed separately from your regular waste. Some homes
will have a small, grey or red "chemobox" with child-protective latches where you can
store these items. You can order these boxes from the Gemeente.
Chemical waste is not collected, but you can take it to the local Avalex refuse depot
yourself. For locations see www.avalex.nl. You will need your Avalex pass which should
have been left in your house. If you don’t have one you can ask your real estate agent to
get one for you, or request one online at www.avalex.nl/voor-inwoners/avalexpas.
Batteries: Most supermarkets have a deposit bin for batteries, usually located near the
bottle recycling area. You can also recycle batteries at ASH by the elevator in the
Elementary building. Light bulbs can also be recycled at IKEA. Medications can be taken
back to a pharmacy.
Larger pick-up items ("grovuil") and dumpsites
You can arrange for bulk refuse that does not fit in your regular bin to be picked up.
Items such as furniture, floor coverings, washing machines and boxes can be taken away
by the Gemeente or donated to the local Kringloop (Dutch version of Goodwill). Make an
appointment with the city by calling 070 3660808 in Den Haag and 070 5122265 in
Wassenaar. Look online for your local Kringloop. Tree branches can be picked up in
Wassenaar by calling 070-5122222. They will tell you the date and time they will be in
your area. Branches should be bundled and stacked.
Building materials from demolition such as toilet bowls and basins, kitchen tops and tiles
cannot be picked-up for free and must be taken to the local Avalex collection centre and
a fee paid. In Wassenaar it is at Hogeboomseweg 6, tel. (070) 5114096. You will need
your Avalex card, which should have been left at the house by the landlord.
Public transport is a common way to get around in the Netherlands. It is usually very
convenient with many services available. Information is readily available at train and bus
stations and online. There are many helpful websites listed in the first section to help you
navigate the public transportation systems. Almost all the pages have English available;
look for the British Flag or words at the top.
Traveling by Bus or Tram
All public transportation in the Netherlands now uses a card called the OV-chipkaart for
ticketing, but cash is still a payment option. The smart card is the size of a bank card and
contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipkaart can be loaded with credit in Euros with which
you can travel anywhere within The Netherlands by bus, tram or train. There can be a
surcharge for buying a ticket at a ticket office, rather than a machine, (if not using the
There are personal, anonymous, and disposable cards. The disposable card can be
purchased at the station vending machine. The anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought at
the ticket office and vending machines at the station or at some supermarkets. These cards
allow the holder to travel immediately after adding credit to the card. The personal OV-
chipkaart can be purchased from any of the main train stations’ ticketing booths, online, or
the OV-chipkaart Customer service department 0900-0980 (€ 0,10 p.m.). You will need a
passport-sized photo for the personalized card. Website for more information is
Voordeel Urenkaart (Off-Peak Discount Pass)
The Voordeel Urenkaart (Off-Peak Discount Pass) is an extremely useful deep-discount
card. It is valid after 9am on Monday-Friday, and all day on the weekends, and you can
use it for up to 4 people traveling together. It allows a 40% discount on your 2 nd class
train fares and costs only €55 for an entire year. If you travel by train to visit nearby
cities with visitors, this card can save you a lot of money over the course of a year. This
discount can be added to your OV-chipkaart. Ask when purchasing the personalized
Additional Travel Information
� Children aged 4-11 can travel extremely cheaply to any destination in Holland,
when accompanied by an adult, with the Railrunner ticket for €2,50. Children
younger than 3 travel for free.
� Bike Day Pass is €6.
� Dog Day Pass is €3.
International Train Travel
A convenient way to reach the main cities of neighboring countries is by international
train. The Thalys high-speed train travels to Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium, and then on
to Paris. The ICE train travels to Berlin and other north German cities, and the Eurostar
train takes the channel tunnel to London (via Brussels). Tickets are cheaper the earlier you
book, and if you are traveling with a child, you can get much reduced family rates on the
Thalys train. Conversely, if you want to travel in style, 1st class service is superior on these
trains, and the price increase is not that great over a regular fare. Verify your departure
station, as many International trains leave from Den Haag HS (Holland Spoor) Station
(and not from Den Haag Centraal Station).
If you have the Off-Peak Discount Card, you may add 25% discount on international
travel for an additional fee. This is for 2 nd class tickets only.
Sometimes driving is the most efficient way to get around, especially outside of commuting
periods. However, parking your car in built-up areas can be difficult, and parking lots
near shops are not as common and/or large as some other countries.
� Blue line: Blauwe Zone: you may park free for a restricted time, usually 1 or 2
hours. Check the sign for length of time, days of the week, and hours. You must
place on your dashboard a time dial with a blue sleeve set to show the time you
arrived, as of the next ½ hour. Eg, if you park at 4:05 you can set the dial for
4:30. These may be purchased at many stores around town, including the vending
machine at C1000 & at Hema. (Be careful – by the banks & outside C1000 are ½
hour limit & they ticket.)
� Yellow line: No parking
� Betaald Parkeren (pre-paid parking) At other locations the signs may indicate
Betaald Parkeren (pre-paid parking) for which you must insert coins into a small
machine, similar to a parking meter. Put in your coins until the display indicates the
time you want to leave, then push the green button and a ticket is printed, which
you must display on your dashboard. Sometimes, the machine will take the
Chipknip (discussed in Banking section) instead of coins or on the Chipknip. Check
the signs for the time limits - sometimes there is a maximum parking time, other
times the paid parking times are only for certain times of day, the rest of the time
being free parking.
� Park Mobile: Another option for pre-paid parking is the Park Mobile card. You can
register and pay at www.parkmobile.nl. You will be sent a plastic card which you
display in your car, and you can then use your mobile phone to send a text
message to start and finish your parking time. Your bank account will be debited
for the parking cost. You must still follow the listed time restrictions. Check the
website for current setup fee and more information.
� Parking Garages: Most designated parking lots and garages have a post-pay
system where you take a ticket as you enter, then take the ticket with you and pay
at a nearby Parkeerautomaat or Kassa machine when you are ready to leave.
Most of these machines take both cash and PIN or credit cards, but BE CAREFUL to
check as you head off, since some machines only accept payment by cash, or
sometimes only by Chipknip, particularly in Rotterdam.
� Permit Only: Some areas have signs saying "voor vergunning houders" ("for permit
holders only") where the parking is reserved for local residents. Usually you can
pay at a betaald parkeren machine as well, but sometimes it is exclusively
reserved for locals. If you live in an area with this system, particularly in Den
Haag, you can visit the local Dienst Stadsbeheer (Council Administration Office),
and sign up your car for a permit.
If you receive a parking ticket, or "Kennisgeving van Bekeuring", hold onto it. You will be
sent an acceptgiro (bank transfer slip) in the mail to pay your fine online, or you can take
the ticket to the local Police Station to pay in cash.
� Grocery Stores frequently have longer hours compared to other stores in the
Netherlands. In Wassenaar, C1000, Digros & Albert Heijn are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday to Saturday. Most stores are closed on Sundays, but there are a few stores
that will be open, like the AH in the train stations, and Digros in Wassenaar (from
4pm-7pm). In Noordwijk the shops on Hoofdstraat are open on Sundays, including the
Albert Heijn, Hema and Vomar supermarket.
� In The Netherlands, you bag your own groceries. Remember to bring your own
shopping bags with you or you can purchase plastic bags at the store.
� Bring a 50 cent coin with you to unlock the grocery cart. You will get the coin back
when you return the cart. There are also key-ring coin tokens available – ask at
� It is customary to weigh your own fruit and vegetables on the scales in several grocery
stores (C1000 & Jumbo.) First select the food item you are weighing from the pictures,
and then press the “BON” button to get a price sticker. This will be scanned at
checkout. If you are buying items per piece, such as a head of lettuce, you don’t have
to weigh them.
� At first when shopping write your grocery list with the Dutch word written next to the
English until you become familiar with the language. For a detailed list of helpful word
translations, and more general shopping information, see the Cooking & Shopping in the
Netherlands handout, available at the MMN meeting – Cooking and Shopping.
� Be sure to get an Albert Heijn Bonus Card at the front counter. This allows you to get the
sale prices advertised, otherwise you pay the full price. Plus you need one if you want to
use the hand held self-scanners, which allow you to scan your items as you put them in the
cart, and pay at a separate counter.
� Normal shopping hours are from 9am to 6pm, Saturdays from 9am to 4 or 5pm.
� Most shops are closed on Monday mornings. Nearly all shops are closed one morning,
afternoon, or a whole day per week; check the times posted on the front window.
� Typically, once a week there is a late night closing until 9pm. This varies greatly from
town to town. In Wassenaar it is Friday night, but not all stores remain open. In small
places the shops will be closed for dinner from 6 to 7pm and open again until 8 or
9pm. Den Haag stores are open late on Thursday nights. Rotterdam late nights are
� On Sundays, many stores in The Hague, Leiden and Amsterdam are open, typically
from 11am – 5pm.
� Stores open on the last Sunday of each month as a special shopping day.
C1000, Albert Heijn, Digros, Jumbo, Vomar
- De Bijenkorf (Amsterdam, Arnhem, Rotterdam and The Hague) – best quality
- Vroom & Dreesman (V&D) – largest chain (Leiden, The Hague, etc)
- C & A - family clothing store
- Hema - inexpensive good quality chain store
Do-it-Yourself and Home Improvement Stores
KlusWijs, Gamma, Karwei, and Praxis
Baby and Children’s Clothes
C&A, Prenatal, V&D, H&M, de Bijenkorf, Zeeman, Textiel, and Hema
Women’s and Men’s Clothing
V&D, H&M, de Bijenkorf, and Hema
Hema, V&D, Blokker, Marskamer, de Bijenkorf, Kijkshop, & DOK
Small Household Appliances
Media Markt, Kijkshop, Radio Modern, V&D, and Blokker
Drugstores – sell toiletries & cosmetics
Etos, Kruidvat, DA Drogisterij, & Hema
Apotheek (pharmacy) – prescriptions & other items
Look up on internet by typing Apotheek & the name of the town or area
Furniture and Household
IKEA, V&D, de Bijenkorf, Villa Arena mall (see below)
Sewing & Craft Needs
Singer, Korteland, Toetenel
Bart Smit, Intertoys, Speel-o-theek, Wigman, Toys ‘R’ Us
Leidsenhage - partly covered – general stores
In de Bogaard - partly indoor – general stores
Megastores, The Hague – indoor - furniture, interior decoration, electrical equipment
Waldorpstraat, Laakhaven www.megastores.nl
Located within walking distance from Station Hollands Spoor in The Hague
Batavia Stad Outlet Shopping - top brands at discount prices, especially clothes
Bataviaplein 60, 8242 PN Lelystad www.bataviastad.nl
Morres Wonen - (home furnishings
Industrieterrein, Tol Industrieweg 2, 4561 GH Hulst
Arena Boulevard 98, Amsterdam
Local Open Air Markets
● Wassenaar: The market in Wassenaar is held on Tuesdays from 9.00am - 4.00 pm on
Berkheiveld, opposite Duinrell.
● Leiden: General Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. located
behind the Stadhuis (City Hall) and on surrounding streets. Includes organic produce.
● The Hague: The Haagsche Markt on the Hobbemanplein is the largest open air market in
The Netherlands, but beware of pickpockets. It is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday. It offers fish, poultry, dairy products, inexpensive clothing and jewelry, shoes,
household supplies, flowers, sewing needs, and second-hand articles.
● Leidschendam: General Market on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of
the Leidsenhage shopping center.
● Amsterdam: Farmer’s market on Nieuwemarkt, and the Albert Cuyp Market on Albert
Cuypstraat, plus many others, most open Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm.
● Delft: General Market on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the central market square.
● Voorschoten: General Market on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Voorstraat
● Utrecht: Large fabric market on Saturdays from 8am-1pm on Breedstraat. On
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there is a large open air market on the Vredenburg
square. On Saturdays you can find a plant market on the Janskerkhof and a flower
market on the Oudegracht.
● Gouda: General Market on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30am.
K. Bookstores and Recommended Books
The American Book Center (ABC)
Lange Poten 23
2511 CM Den Haag
De Kler Wassenaar
2242 JZ Wassenaar
Good selection of English books. You can order English books
Located in the Leidshendam Mall, Leidsenhage and also in Leiden and The Hague – similar
to AAA in the US or RAC in Australia with maps & travel info. www.anwb.nl
Shopping Mall Leidsenhage
Other sources of English language books:
- American Women’s Club Library
- ASH Library
- The Library in The Hague has an English section
- Waterstones in Amsterdam (on the corner of the Kalverstraat and the Spui)
At Home in Holland
American Women’s Club of The Hague, 11th ed., 2009.
A useful guide, compiled by the American Women's Club of The Hague, filled with time-tested, friendly
advice on what to expect when you move to The Netherlands. Especially useful information on getting
set up in Holland.
Patricia G. Erickson & Sheila Gazaleh-Weevers (ISBN 90-801255-1-2)
A complete guide with historical background to Dutch cities, scenic villages, out-of-the way places,
museums, gardens, castles, folkloric events, dining out and settling in.
The Holland Handbook 2009-2010
This illustrated handbook offers essential information for the expatriate on all aspects of living and
working in the Netherlands such as: registration, career, housing, international education, health care,
telecommunications and insurances. All these subjects are approached from the perspective of the
Europe Travel Book Published by AAA (ISBN 1-56251-315-X)
Practical travel Tips, photography, planning advice and an informed selection of attractions, hotels and
restaurants. Available from Amazon.com
The ROUGH GUIDE to the Netherlands (ISBN 1-85828-915-7)
This practical and comprehensive guide provides listings and background information on the best of this
colorful country. From the historic towns to the dunes, beaches and islands of the various regions, there
are candid reviews of the best places to stay, eat and drink.
Folder with 100 maps of cycle tours (40-50km) all over Holland, via bike trails all marked with
Food Shoppers Guide to Holland
This book gives English and Dutch names and full details of the entire range of food stuffs available
and where to find them. By Ada Henne Koene.
Dutch Cooking Today:
60 modern and traditional favorite Dutch recipes in English.