Living Grocery


The Netherlands has a high store density. There is always a shop around the corner.

Grocery shopping

Grocery shopping


For food and toiletries is a broad range of different possibilities. Daily food markets and discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi charges less than high-end supermarket chains such as Albert Heijn and Jumbo. Many supermarkets have special weekly offers that could have your interest. They are advertised in weekly store magazines, which are sampled door to door in your neighbourhood or can be found at the store itself or their website.

The Netherlands being a multi-cultured society is also reflected in the high variety of specialist shops, take aways and products sold at the open air markets. Also in the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region you can buy food and other goods from many countries like Indonesia, China, Turkey and Morocco. You can also find shops that cater for your special need like kosher food or Halal meat.

Drugstores sell all kind of toiletries. Kruidvat and Etos are both inexpensive chemist store chains offering lots of low priced atricles besides their regular assortiment of toiletries. Medications can be obtained only on doctor prescription at the pharmacy.

In the city centres of Arnhem and Nijmegen you will find many stores ranging from the cheaper discount shops to more sophisticated boutigques. Shops are usually open from 9.00 until approximately 18.00. However, opening hours can vary from place to place. Arnhem en Nijmegen also have Koopzondagen (Sunday Shopping). This means shops are open on specific Sundays.

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