For a change of scenery, it’s nice to enjoy the buzz of a friendly town



uitzicht op Ommen

Ommen (17,300 inhabitants) A picturesque little town along the river Vecht with a small town centre characterised by the solemn Dutch Reformed Church (1624). Wandering around little streets and alleyways, you will discover a whole range of cute little shops.

  • Prima Vista
    Buzzing shop with a wide selection of the finest Italian delicatessen and a range of lifestyle products

  • Grand Café JIPP
    A friendly Grand Cafe, perfectly situated on Kerkplein with a large pavement cafe

  • Brasserie Tante Pos
    The old post office has been magically converted into a cosy restaurant, while retaining an authentic look and feel. Perfect for a coffee, lunch or dinner

  • Xantoes Mode
    Nice fashion store with a great range of clothes and accessories and expert fashion advice

  • Market on Tuesday mornings


The town centre of Hardenberg (18,300 inhabitants) has undergone a major facelift over the past few years, resulting in new shopping plazas and a town park around the futuristic-looking town hall which is on record as being the greenest, i.e. most environmentally friendly and sustainable, town hall in the Netherlands.

  • Kampeer & Outdoor Reiling
    Overijssel’s largest camping store

  • Sproetjes

    Sweet little shop offering a range of second-hand brand name children's clothing and women’s fashion.
    Shoes, jewellery, etc. also available 

  • KunstSuper, Wilhelminaplein 3a
    Changing exhibitions by various regional artists, Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm

  • HEMA lunchroom
    A great place to sit down and enjoy a nice coffee with something to eat too of course!

  • The Vecht Valley Summer Festival

    A summer programme full of activities for the entire family; this year’s theme is 'film and music'

  • Market every Monday morning

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Dalfsen (13,500 inhabitants) lies on the river Vecht and is home to a very striking Blauwe Bogen bridge over the river,
a Gothic-style Grote Kerk church in the town centre and since 2010 an impressive new town hall along the river.

  • Sari Fair Fashion
    The place to go for environmentally friendly clothing. Also stocks a wide range of scarves and unique materials.
    Shares the building with
  • Kiddybe
    Colourful store stocking baby clothes, wooden toys, gifts, Italian treats and much, much more

  • Grand Café De Fabriek

    Tasteful Grand Café and Italian restaurant with terrace alongside the river Vecht

  • Market every Thursday morning


A little further away

 Zicht op Zwolle

Zwolle is the capital city of the provinceof Overijsseland is home to 122,000 people.
The city centre and its intimate shopping streets are surrounded by a canal that previously served as a defence.
The old city wall has been preserved in some places as well.

  • Waanders in de Broeren 
    Spectacular bookshop and Grand Café in the impressive, beautiful restored 'Broerenkerk' church, stocking a wide selection of books and related articles

  • Brasserie Het Vliegerhuys 
    Atmospheric and stylish restaurant in an old town house: wholly recommended for an hour's peace and quiet
  • Het Zwolse Balletjeshuis
    Lovely old Dutch shop with a nostalgic interior; sells things such as the renowned Zwolse sweets 'Zwolse balletjes' made according to a secret recipe
  • Heppie, Assendorperstraat 111
    second-hand and new handmade children’s clothing and other children’s gear in a charming shop
  • Vito’s Italian restaurant
    For sumptuous sandwiches or a delicious dinner in the historic heart of Zwolle
  • Market every Friday morning and every Saturday; organic market every Friday morning as well



is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and is home to approximately 97,000 people. There are a number of historical areas in the town centre, such as the Noorderbergkwartier and the Bergkwartier, with nice little streets and unique shops. The 'De Brink' square is the heart of the town and hosts a market every Friday and Saturday. In the summertime, its pavement cafes are full to the brim.

  • NuNu, Raalterweg 22, Schalkhaar
    On the road to Deventer: nice, modern restaurant that serves delicious organic food, both lunch and dinner (tapas, Asian, high tea, vegetarian, etc.).  For children: a playground with a tree cabin and all sorts of animals, including donkeys, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs (closed on Mondays)

  • Bussink’s cake shop
    Cosy, authentic shop where real Deventer cake is still baked. Coffee and tea can also be enjoyed

  • Clochard
    Chic second-hand clothes and new clothes for special occasions
  • De Korenbloem
    Beautiful toys, often made of wood or other natural materials. Books and postcards also available
  • Kijk Mij!
    A special shop selling women's, baby and children's clothing along with 'nice things'. Kijk Mij! also has baby-changing facilities and can offer you a quiet place to breastfeed or warm up a bottle. There's a huge play corner for the kids and coffee and a newspaper for the dads. No one needs to get bored at Kijk Mij!, where you'll always find something nice
  • Deventer book market
    Europe's largest book market with 880 stalls along the river IJssel and in the city centre
  • Market every Friday morning and every Saturday 


Enschede (158,000 inhabitants) is the city of culture in Twente! Many people still think of textiles when they think of Enschede, but the textile industry has long since made way for a contemporary city with a modern, lively centre. 

There’s a good reason why so many German tourists happily while away an afternoon shopping here, and that’s because there is no other city centre like Twente that is as compact, versatile, modern and friendly.


  • Rijksmuseum Twenthe
    Nice museum with old and modern art located on the fringes of the Roombeek neighbourhood
  • Roombeek
    The neighbourhood known for the 2000 firework incident. Has since been rebuilt and renovated in a contemporary style with appealing and unique architecture. One of the places worth visiting is Kunstruimte Tetem
  • Tuttitali
    Specialist coffee shop with gift items and a fabulous Tuscan courtyard garden where you can also have lunch
  • Het Paradijs
    Cosy vegetarian restaurant with courtyard garden, built completely from recycled materials. Kitchen uses organic, regional and Fairtrade products
  • Market every Tuesday and Saturday



Meppel is a historic, compact town on the edge of Drenthe and Overijssel and home to more than 32,000 people. With its characteristic streets, canals and squares, the old town centre of Meppel provides a pleasant backdrop to a friendly shopping town. Keijserstroom and Swaenenborgh are covered shopping arcades. However, Meppel is also home to some unique little shops, especially in the Woldstraat.

  • Westerhuis kids’ store
    Lovely toy shop with a wide selection and a focus on wooden toys. Also stocks cute painted clogs
  • Het Wheemgebouw
    Grand cafe hosting regular fashion shows
  • De Toverkamer
    A surprising home store with special lights, colourful glassware, distinct furniture and typical home accessories
  •  Luneya, New Age- & Cadeauwinkel
    Tranquil shop selling one-of-a-kind gifts for all occasions
  • Drukkerij-museum
    Nice museum with a children's printer's, a book binder's and paper making
  • Donderdag Meppeldagen: Six consecutive Thursdays during the summer holidays with events; a different theme every Thursday, such as the street theatre festival and Mokum in Meppel
  • Market every Thursday morning and every Saturday


Across the border


Nordhorn is the so-called Kreisstadt of the county of Bentheim and is just across the border from Denekamp.
Nordhorn is home to 53,000 people. The river Vecht (called Vechte in German) runs right through the town.
There are a number of large shopping centres in Nordhorn, as a result of which the town's shopping area is twice as large as that of the average German city. Nordhorn also has an all-round cultural centre, which is home to an excellent municipal art gallery.

  • Pier 99, Heseper Weg 40 (at Nordhorn-Centrum exit)

    Charming restaurant serving great food, with a lakeside pavement cafe; also excellent for lunch or coffee.
    Free parking, from where it’s a 10-minute walk along the lake to town

  • Städtische Galerie (Alte Weberei), Vechteaue 2

    Modern art with changing exhibitions in spacious factory halls (closed on Mondays)

  • Vechte Arkaden shopping centre
    A large, varied, covered shopping centre close to Neumarkt

  •  Riverboat cruise on the Vecht
    With the river Vecht running right through the town and the large Vecht lake, Nordhorn lives and breathes water
  • Tierpark Nordhorn
    Beautifully laid out, small scale zoo with a lovely petting zoo
  •  Market every Wednesday and Saturday morning
  •  A visit to Nordhorn can be combined with a visit to Bentheim Castle. This medieval castle, which is made of Bentheim sandstone, is 20 km away; the fortifications and a few historical rooms are open to the public; also fun for children!