Take a Trip to Middelburg with Fashion Zen

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The next time you find yourself in the Netherlands, we recommend taking a day trip to the charming city of Middelburg. Located just three hours by train from Amsterdam, this historic, southwestern Dutch city was founded around the ninth century as a defense against Viking raids (yeah, Middelburg is that old!), meaning it has centuries worth of sights to be seen. We’ll let the city’s tourism bureau tell you about the must-see architectural and historic spots, but we knew we had to ask local blogger Iris of Fashion Zen for insider info on where to eat, party, and get our vintage shopping fix once we finished our architectural tours and boat ride down the Arne River.

Our tour guide, Iris, wears the Here to Stay-ple Dress, Just Stopping By Blazer, and Bow’n Places Heel in White.

1. Honeypie. “This lunchroom serves the most delicious apple pie and cupcakes! They also have some nice high tea arrangements–great to do with your girl friends! And, don’t you just love the decorations? So sweet!”

2. Abdij Square. “In the summer there are lots of festivals at this historic square. The Midsummer Festival is the biggest festival; there are live performances of music, theater, and art for a whole week!”

3. De Spot. “This is a really nice hangout spot for youngsters like me. They have got some great lineups, like two weeks ago, when the amazing band Go Back to the Zoo performed there.”

4. Hart & Ziel. “This is the most amazing secondhand store in Middelburg. They sell beautifully selected vintage and retro clothes, shoes, and accessories. Besides that, they also expose all kinds of art from beginning talents.”

5. Rok ‘n Roll. “Besides the fact that they have lots of choices in fabric, the shop is so cozy and fun, and the owner is so nice and helpful. They also provide workshops for beginners, like how to make a dress or skirt.”

If you’ve been to Middelburg before, what would you add? If you haven’t, is there anything else you’d like to know?

8 Responses to Take a Trip to Middelburg with Fashion Zen

  1. katie petix 03/04/2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Ah, The Netherlands! My husband proposed to me in Amsterdam, and I’ve been excited to return to this super lovely country ever since! Thanks bunches for the mini tour of Middelburg!
    xoxo kat

  2. antoinette 03/05/2011 at 2:51 pm #

    wow..every picture is begging me to travel!

  3. MB at Yarn U iPhone app 03/07/2011 at 9:23 am #

    Never been…but I gota say I love the model’s locks. I love ‘em!

  4. Adrienne 03/07/2011 at 11:46 am #

    Hey! Iris is one of our bloggers as wellfor ONLY (a Scandanivian line) she’s amazing :) Great post too by the way and I’m swooming over the pictures. Here’s our Canadian blog http://onlyjeanscanada.tumblr.com/

  5. Jess 03/08/2011 at 3:24 am #

    Hi! I did my bachelor in Middelburg at the Roosevelt Academy. I agree with all the suggestions- Middelburg is a charming place to visit. Don’t forget to check out Cafe St. John, in the St.Jansstraat. One of the oldest cafes, great yoghurt sundaes, grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious coffee!

  6. Charlotte Bovee 03/12/2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Ha! Iris. We once met during a styling contest at my work in Amsterdam. You go girl!

  7. Tieka, Selective Potential 03/13/2011 at 7:48 pm #

    These are my favorite features!

  8. Sandra Reviews 04/04/2011 at 12:34 am #

    The pictures are great, it looks really modern in an old fashion way if that makes sense :)
    would love to go visit there now!

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