For expats in the Netherlands who prefer shopping in a mall rather than on the High Street, here is a handy list of the ten largest shopping malls (winkelcentrums) in Holland…
10 LARGEST SHOPPING MALLS IN THE NETHERLANDS
Note that the list only includes standard shopping malls, not outlet centers or home malls (‘woonboulevards’).
Mall of the Netherlands (Leidschendam)
The Mall of the Netherlands officially opened in March 2021, and at 117,000 m2, instantly became the country’s largest shopping mall. Located in Leidschendam, South Holland, close to The Hague, the completely modern lifestyle center not only includes top-name fashion, electronics and home stores, but also a state-of-the-art, 10-screen Kinepolis cinema, a trends gallery, an airy open-theater area and international food market. There is also a baby lounge, children’s play area, waterless carwash, alteration services, lockers and more. Mall of the Netherlands is accessible by tram from The Hague and Delft. It is also situated off the A4 motorway.
This large shopping complex in Rotterdam’s Prins Alexander district (northeast of the city center) is made up of 3 adjacent but separate properties: 1- the enclosed Alexandrium Shopping Center with 140 (predominantly fashion) stores and businesses (including G-Star RAW, H&M, Primark, Zara and Five Guys), 2- the outdoor Alexandrium MegaStores with 16 stores and businesses (including BCC, Decathlon, Media Markt and Pet’s Place) and 3- the enclosed, multi-level Alexandrium WoonMall with 55 (predominantly furniture and home decor) stores (including BeterBed, Hulshoff, Riviera Maison and Roobol). The mall is open 7 days a week and is well-served by public transport (Train, Tram, Metro and Bus).
This 55,000m2 multi-level enclosed shopping mall is located in Rotterdam South, near the Ahoy event venue and adjacent to the city’s second busiest bus terminal. Among its 165 shops, services and eateries are Primark, TK Maxx, 2 H&M’s and 2 Footlockers. The mall is open 7 days a week and can be reached by Bus and Metro.
Hoog Catherijne The Mall (Utrecht)
This modern 42,000m2, multi-level shopping mall, conveniently located just outside Utrecht Centraal (the Netherlands’ busiest train station), includes a recently completed extension (‘The Passage’). Among its 160 tenants are H&M, Zara, AFound, Primark, Open32, Sissy Boy, Nike, JD Sports, Timberland, Perry Sport, Siebel Juweliers, Pandora, Media Markt, Five Guys, Dunkin’ Donuts and the only Samsung Experience Store and TGI Fridays restaurant in Holland. The mall is open 7 days a week (until 20:00 Mon-Sat, 18:00 on Sun).
Located in the Amstelveen town center, the Stadshart shopping center is the only one in the country which has been awarded 4 stars by the SGS auditing group based on criteria such as services offered, employee friendliness and being a unique experience. The indoor/outdoor lifestyle center offers 150 retail stores, services and businesses including the two major Dutch department stores…De Bijenkorf and Hema, as well as specialty chains such as NA-KD, Sandwich, Scotch&Soda, Tumble ‘N Dry, Vandyck and Zara. The mall is open 7 days a week and is accessible by Bus, Metro and Tram.
This lifestyle center east of The Hague includes an enclosed multi-level shopping mall, a covered shopping arcade and outdoor squares. In total, there are 150 retail stores (including C&A, Guess, H&M, Mango, Name It), services (opticians, hair salons and gyms), supermarkets, eateries and entertainment venues (Kinepolis 8-screen cinema, Stadstheater). The Stadshart Zoetermeer shopping mall is also located across the street from Woonhart, a home center with 12 additional furniture, decor and home improvement stores. Stadshart Zoetermeer is open 7 days a week and can be reached by Bus and RandstadRail/HTM Tram.
This shopping mall in the Heerhugowaard city center has 150 retail stores (including Adam Brandstore, The Body Shop, C&A, H&M, Perry Sport, Zeeman), services (optical, hair salons, banks), supermarkets, eateries and VUE 5-screen cinema. It is open 6 days a week and on the last Sunday of the month) and can be reached by Bus and Train.
This shopping mall to the south of Utrecht has 150 retail stores (including C&A, Esprit, Intertoys, Mexx, Media Markt, s. Oliver), services (banks, optician, hair salons, travel agency), eateries, food stores and entertainment venue (Theater De Kom). It is open 7 days a week (late on Thursday) and can be reached by Bus and Tram.
Leidsche Rijn Centrum (Leidsche Rijn)
This Dutch winkelcentrum to the west of Utrecht has 130 retail stores (including Esprit, H&M, Mango, Only, Sport2000, The Stone), services (banks, hair salons, optician, travel agent), restaurants (including Five Guys, Vapiano) and supermarkets. It is open 7 days a week and can be reached by Bus and Train.
The 50,000m2 Kronenburg shopping mall is located in central eastern Netherlands. It houses 110 businesses including retail stores (such as Douglas, H&M, Open32 and Ziengs), services (opticians, hair salons), supermarkets and eateries. Kronenburg is open 7 days a week and can be reached by Bus.