The Alkmaar cheese market is, without a doubt, one of the main city's shopping attractions, which is best to attend from April to September. It runs on Friday mornings and has long become a favorite tourist destination. Early in the morning they gather in the square watching the unloading process. Dozens of kinds of cheeses can be purchased on the market. Before buying, you can surely taste it. You can also purchase a lot of interesting souvenirs here.
Many charming shops can be found in the historic city streets. Be sure to look into Het Schoenmakertje store. It is quite small, but offers a lot of necessities at attractive prices. They sell very nice locks for suitcases, which many tourists buy as souvenirs, as well as sun glasses, beautiful headdresses and traditional souvenir products.
Bierwinkel Alkmaar specialized store is extremely popular with fans of a foam drink. Here they sell dozens of sorts of beer. The store itself is very beautiful. Miniature bottles are neatly placed on high wooden shelves. Each bottle is attached a special tag with the sort description. Many tourists buy local brew as a souvenir.