Swanning around the Swan Market

Last Sunday, I went on first time shopping adventure. I visited the Swan Market in my hometown Utrecht. It might be a typical Dutch thing, so let me explain: a Swan Market describes itself as a platform for starting, creative business owners who want to introduce their products to a bigger audience. Put all these gifted people together, and what you get is a lifestyle market showcasing original, often handmade products by passionate people.

Think fashion, vintage, art, interior design, children’s clothes, accessories, anything handmade really.

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All in one place, like an offline marketplace, including food trucks, live music and wine.

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Sounds right up my street, so I went to for a market stroll with a friend.
Look at these cute these hand-made bags and lovely accessories.

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I adored this cute little lady with tassels… Still regret I didn’t take her home.

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Shopping is hard work though and makes you hungry…

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… and thirsty too, so after our shopping session, we went to one of my favourite wine bars in town: Talud 9. It’s a tiny place, and only has two semi-outside seats looking out over the canal.

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On warm days, you can be certain of a cool place to sit inside (as everyone will want to sit outside; we have plenty of other places for that… 😉 ). If you get a chance, try to get the window seats for wine with a view.

And order some lovely light food to go with it.

This pretty much sums up a perfect day in my city. Shopping original items, having a vino and nibbles in the sunshine on the canal. I don’t ask for much in life. Only a Blondie maybe to top it off…

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  • Reply
    29 July 2016 at 19:39

    What a fun day! That’s such a great idea to have new artists and artisans get together to promote their items. I am sure you will want to return again and again.


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      Tall Wife
      11 August 2016 at 19:30

      Yeah, they do these markets around the country, even in Belgium too I believe, so there might be a few more visits… 😉

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    2 August 2016 at 22:20

    What a fantastic local day! Loved getting more of a glimpse of your home

    • Reply
      Tall Wife
      11 August 2016 at 19:28

      🙂 Come see for yourself! 😉

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    Caroline @
    8 August 2016 at 15:32

    This looks so nice. What a perfect day! I am such a big fan of your country. Every place I visited in the Netherlands, I fell in love with. All those cute canals, creative shops, lovely people, the unique architecture, … and of course, me and my boyfriend always love that we see a lot of other people who are as tall as we are (or even taller). 🙂 Utrecht is another place I need to visit now! Thanks for sharing!


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      Tall Wife
      11 August 2016 at 19:29

      It’s a lovely city and I’m happy to live there! Really worth a visit, happy to be tour guide if you’re over one day. 🙂

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    14 August 2016 at 11:15

    This looks exactly like my kind of place. Great post!

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