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Leisure & Shopping


The Netherlands has many Supermarket branches. The most popular is Albert Heijn, but there are many others including Jumbo, Aldi, Lidl, Digros, Plus and Hoogvliet. Check your local store for opening hours, but most of them are open in the evening, during the week. Some Albert Heijn and Jumbo shops also have a dry-cleaning service. Many supermarkets will provide free self-service coffee to their customers and most have a selection of fresh flowers on sale. You are also able to buy phone cards, upload OV chip cards, and use ATM machines.

Some supermarkets also offer home delivery services. You can also check their handy shopping apps.

Sligro is a huge wholesale supermarket with a varied selection of meats, vegetables and household items. In order to shop there you need to either have a Sligro loyalty card or show your Shell ID card at the reception to obtain a day pass.


Outpost has a document about shops offering discount for Shell employees. For more information go to Discounts for Shell employees in NL.


Opening hours in The Netherlands*

For expats coming from a 24/7 service location, adapting to the typical Dutch opening hours might be challenging.


Days Shops opening time Department stores opening times
Monday 13:00 – 18:00 11:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 9:30 – 18:00 9:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 9:30 – 18:00 9:00 – 18:00
Thursday 9:30 – 21:00 9:00 – 21:00
Friday 9:30 – 18:00 9:00 – 18:00
Saturday 9:30 – 17:00 9:00 – 17:00
Sunday 12:00 (Only stores in City Centres) 12:00 – 17:00

*Check your local store for opening hours