1. MIEN DOMUS
When you open the door at Mien Domus, you can’t help but smile. Everything is great, so it’s hard to choose where to start. Think: cool accessories for your home, amazing postcards, brilliant lamps and authentic furniture. This shop is wonderfully idiosyncratic, but with a good dose of modern and artistic. So make sure there’s room in your luggage to take something home.
Havenpark 26-28 – Zierikzee – www.miendomus.nl
2. DE ZEEUWSE HEMEL
Take a shop, café, restaurant and a fantastic garden, and all that put together still falls short of describing de Zeeuwse Hemel (Zeeland’s Heaven). This unique spot in Zierikzee will continue to surprise and amaze you. Going for lunch? You’ll stay for dinner, it’s so good. Taking home something sweet? You’ll want to run back and get more. Enjoying a good cappuccino in the garden? You’ll want to turn back the clock an hour. Think of pure flavours, local products, all in a location you’ll want to stay forever.
Melkmarkt 8 – Zierikzee – www.dezeeuwsehemel.nl
3. PERFUMERY | SALON DE ZWAANTJES
You always get spoiled at de Zwaantjes. Looking for the perfect fragrance? No problem. A relaxing massage? Sure thing. A last-minute polish for the nails? The ladies will take care of it. De Zwaantjes is famous and renowned on Schouwen-Duiveland, and you will know why the moment you enter. You’ll not only receive a warm welcome, but expert advice as well.
Dam 5 – Zierikzee – www.facebook.com/parfumeriedezwaantjes
4. NOBEL SPECIALITIES
Can you find it in the supermarket? Then you won’t find it at Nobel, in downtown Zierikzee. The products at this special store are as exclusive as they are delicious. You can enjoy a tasty piece of local cheese, but will also sample a classic from France. You can tap the finest oils and vinegars straight from the barrel, and you won’t leave the beautiful building without the popular tapenade.
Lange Nobelstraat 4 – Zierikzee – www.nobelspecialiteiten.nl
5. THE THICK TOWER
If you’re driving toward Zierikzee, it’s inescapable: the Sint Lievensmonstertoren. The name is so long, you can just call it the Thick Tower. That’s what they do in town. Construction of the striking tower started in 1454. The tower was supposed to become 130 metres (426 feet) tall, but economic decline cancelled that plan, and so they stopped at 62 meters (203 feet). Do take the stairs to the top, because the view of the town, the Zeeland bridge and the Oosterschelde river is phenomenal.
Kerkplein 1 – Zierikzee – www.zierikzee-monumentenstad.nl
6. CAFÉ DE GEKROONDE SUIKERBIET
Having a beer at The Beet is even tastier with a delicious Beet burger, or a serving of Beet snacks. If the weather is good, the patio on the harbour is a great place to relax, but you’ll feel right at home inside as well.
Nieuwe Haven 141– Zierikzee - www.cafedebiet.nl
7. BEACHCLUB PERRY’S
You start with a good coffee and the rising sun. Then you have lunch with tapas and a cold beer. Lastly, you have a brilliant cocktail to round off your day at the beach. It’s possible at Perry’s Beach club. This atmospheric beach pavilion is the hotspot of Brouwersdam, and won the title ‘best beach pavilion of the year’ twice already. It’s not surprising either. Are you looking for ultimate relaxation? Then rent a lounge bed up on the deck, where you will relax in peace, and with a phenomenal view.
Brouwersdam 1 – Scharendijke – www.beachclubperrys.nl
8. D’OUWE SMISSE
In the small village of Zonnemaire, you will find d’Ouwe Smisse (Ye Olde Smithy). This cosy jazz club / restaurant simply breathes atmosphere. You are welcome from twelve noon until the last guest leaves. Have a cup of coffee, go for a high tea, lunch, a good glass of wine or for dinner. The specialty? Meat and fish from the old smithy fire, with herbs and vegetables from their own garden. And don’t forget: the selection of 100 whiskies and 43 wines by the glass.
Breedveld 3 – Zonnemaire - www.deouwesmisse.nl
9. MOERMOND CASTLE
Are you falling in love with Schouwen-Duiveland yet? And you haven’t even seen the historic Moermond Castle in Renesse. You drive across the imposing driveway to the 17th century castle. The beautiful gardens and moat complete the picture. The old castle can be rented for fairy-tale weddings, parties and more. But if this is not on the agenda, just walk in for a good lunch or a drink.
Stoofwekken 5 – Renesse - www.fletcherlandgoedhotelrenesse.nl
10. TEN HOVE BAKERY
When you think of Zeeland’s delicacies, you think of the one and only Zeewuse bolus, a sticky-sweet pastry with cinnamon. And you know where you’ll get the best ones? Ten Hove Bakery in Nieuwerkerk, without a doubt the best bakery in Zeeland. Oh, and when visiting, don’t forget the tasty bolus cookies. Tip from the baker himself.
Burgemeester van Veenstraat 1-3 – Nieuwerkerk – www.bakkerijtenhove.nl
11. BRUINISSE FUN BEACH
And when you’re in Zeeland, you really have to be on the water. Are you going surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or is sailing more your thing? As the name implies: Fun Beach is fun for everyone. Rent a boat, go canoeing or sailing, learn to wake board, or go wild on a treadmill. And to close off such a great day, why not enjoy a drink on the waterfront?
Jachthavenweg 74 – Bruinisse – www.bruinissefunbeach.nl
12. THE NORTH SEA FLOOD MUSEM
Impressive, that’s the first word that will come to you when visiting the Flood Museum. You get an impression of the darkest night in the history of Zeeland, and the time that followed it. The museum consists of four areas that each tell their own story. The first space shows you the fact, and in the second you experience the people’s emotions. But the motto of Zeeland is: I struggle and emerge (luctor et emergo). The people of Zeeland built their future with vigour. Those phases are also shown. Want to get to know Schouwen-Duiveland? Then start with its history, and visit this beautiful museum. The Zeeland card will also give you a discount on admission.
Weg van de Buitenlandse Pers 5 – Ouwerkerk – www.watersnoodmuseum.nl
13. WINE FARM DE KLEINE SCHORRE
Your trip across Schouwen-Duiveland is not complete without visiting the Wine farm (Wijnhoeve). This old farm was converted into a wine Walhalla. A nice lunch, a drink on the sunny patio, a wine tasting or a dinner between the grapevines will give you the ultimate French feeling. Anything goes here. The selection consists of six delicious wines that perfectly match the delicious saltiness of Zeeland. Another great event for your calendar: the annual wine feast in August. The perfect day to come by and try a wine.
Zuiddijk 4 – Dreischor – www.dekleineschorre.nl
14. DE VIERBANNEN RESTAURANT
Are you looking to taste authentic Zeeland? Then book a table at De Vierbannen in Ouwerkerk. This amazing restaurant has a view on the Oosterschelde and the Kreken area of Ouwerkerk. Chef Wouter will surprise you with culinary and regional products, because why get things from afar when you have the best ingredients on the island? Fresh fish from the fisherman and vegetables from the proud farmer down the street. Zeeland delicacies, pure flavours and beautiful wines form the basis of a brilliant evening in De Vierbannen. And Wouter’s favourite shells are a real must to order. There’s no dish like it.
Weg van de Buitenlandse Pers 3 – Ouwerkerk – www.devierbannen.nl