Welcome to the charming old Dutch harbor town of Enkhuizen, Netherlands. As one of the largest marinas in the Holland, Enkhuizen was super famous back in the day for international trade with the Dutch East Indies Trade Company. Way back in the 17th century.
The town's history actually dates all the way back to the 14th century, and beautiful and stunning period architecture is seen all over the city. The unique town gate, the Drommedaris, dates all the way back to 1570 and the architecture of the church clear back to 1470.
History lesson aside, the town itself is absolutely beautiful. Green, peaceful, lovely Holland. I just love it here. Adorable traditional lanes of brick houses split up by canals and fairytale-like white wooden bridges. And a charming town full of shops and restaurants.
Stroll down the popular main street Westerstraat for great people watching, shopping galore and amazing architecture to marvel at.
This beautiful natural area is lush, green and fecant. Full of parks, trees, plants, and flowers. Check out the local produce shops stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don't miss the special Holland white asparagus! A must try for foodies and chefs alike.
Continue down Westerstraat to find the best shop in town! The large, well-stocked, health food shop Spruit has a variety of health-conscious foods, local organic produce, and cruelty-free home and beauty care products. Also fresh bakery breads and loose teas!
Spruit has all the standard goodies like alternative milks, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and meats. And even some super rare vegan finds like vegan whipped cream, gummy bears, pate, bacon, and mayo (I found 5 different kinds)! I could live here. So much cool stuff!
Hungry? Then it's time for vegan sushi. With vegan mayo! Yum, Yum, Yum.
A popular local sushi joint, Honkies, serves up several different kinds of vegan sushi with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and avocado. Also pad thai dishes, ramen, glass noodles, seaweed salad, vegetable spring rolls, and edamame. They have a bunch of vegetarian options on the menu that the very friendly chef is happy to veganize.
Eat in the cozy shop or order online and get sushi delivery via motorbike! How cool is that?!
So if you're looking for a more authentic Holland experience than the popular touristy cities, take a quick train from Amsterdam up to Enkhuizen and spend a day (or as many days as possible) exploring this beautiful harbor town. You definitely won't regret it!