Gouda Cheese Market
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  • HappyOzie
    122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out for the family
    As an Aussie with Dutch heritage and never having visited the Netherlands before I wanted and experience that would reflect the old stories I was told during my childhood. These markets, held every Thursday, provided everything I hoped and imagined. Easy to get to by train followed by a short walk through the lovely town the market centre was a feast for the senses. So many things to see, do, learn and of course eat. The auctioning of cheese was captivating and being able to weigh yourself on the cheese scales was a bit of fun. This is a place you will be able to look back on with fond memories.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Roman Chernov
    Moscow, Russia172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good experience ! Gouda, Cheese Market.
    Gouda is an incredible adventure in a small friendly town and the namegiver to the famous Dutch cheese. Gouda is a city and municipality in the west of the Netherlands, between Rotterdam and Utrecht, in the province of South Holland. Gouda is a small town but its history is interesting.  On the main square near old City Hall you can visit the Cheese Market on Thursdays, from April onto the end of August. The traditional market dates back from 1395. You can buy tasty cheese and watch wonderful folkloristic performances.  There is a modern and free toilet in the central square. Also in the city there are Dutch-style urinals a bit similar to Amsterdam ones.   You can go outside the city and visit the Reeuwijkse Plassen, or the Goudse Hout, lakes in and around Gouda for a good picnic outside the town. Lakes are in an hour walking away from the centre of the town or even less. A city also famous for its Gouda cheese, stroopwafels (dutch waffles) and candles many grachten (urban shipping canals), historical drawbridges, decorated clay pipes, and its 15th-century city hall. Its array of historic churches and other buildings makes it a very popular tourist destination. A visit to the city can easily be combined with a visit to the site of Kinderdijk, a collection of historical windmills that still function and are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. Visiting this area is a true unique experience, since this part of the Netherlands is a few meters below sea-level and is for 700 years protected by dikes and water management by pumps and windmills.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • drmarkstravels
    Rochester, Minnesota87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gouda on Chese Day!
    We came to Gouda on Cheese Market Day. It was wonderful with all the vendors selling cheese, dairy products and more. We also climbed to the roof-top of the Grove Church in town for part to the 750th anniversary celebration of the town. Cheese Day is lots of fun, music, photos with local cheese vendors. and more
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Ken S
    Fort Collins, Colorado7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the town and market
    Really enjoyed the Thursday market. A recreation of the old cheese market complete with auctions and horse and buggy hauling away the cheese. There are lots of stroopwaffle shops not just the famous one off the square.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • McPherson9
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Visit
    We were not far from Gouda and had heard a lot over the years about it being a nice place and also about the cheese market. So we decided to visit whilst it was on, we were at the first one this year. It was not a disappointment at all, a lot going on and the kids loved seeing the horses and tasting the cheese. Plenty stalls to eat from. Gouda was also a very beautiful place, we will 100% come back to this again when we next visit the area.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2024
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McPherson9
Edinburgh, UK253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We were not far from Gouda and had heard a lot over the years about it being a nice place and also about the cheese market. So we decided to visit whilst it was on, we were at the first one this year.

It was not a disappointment at all, a lot going on and the kids loved seeing the horses and tasting the cheese. Plenty stalls to eat from. Gouda was also a very beautiful place, we will 100% come back to this again when we next visit the area.
Written 29 April 2024
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Ken S
Fort Collins, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed the Thursday market. A recreation of the old cheese market complete with auctions and horse and buggy hauling away the cheese. There are lots of stroopwaffle shops not just the famous one off the square.
Written 28 April 2024
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drmarkstravels
Rochester, MN87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
We came to Gouda on Cheese Market Day. It was wonderful with all the vendors selling cheese, dairy products and more. We also climbed to the roof-top of the Grove Church in town for part to the 750th anniversary celebration of the town. Cheese Day is lots of fun, music, photos with local cheese vendors. and more
Written 6 March 2024
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Fern
Glasgow, UK574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
very much worth a visit even if it's just for how good the town square smells during the cheese market. we didn't buy or taste any cheese but still had a good time here, the rest of the town was not very busy because everybody was at the cheese market
Written 4 March 2024
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Roman Chernov
Moscow, Russia172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Gouda is an incredible adventure in a small friendly town and the namegiver to the famous Dutch cheese. Gouda is a city and municipality in the west of the Netherlands, between Rotterdam and Utrecht, in the province of South Holland. Gouda is a small town but its history is interesting. 

On the main square near old City Hall you can visit the Cheese Market on Thursdays, from April onto the end of August. The traditional market dates back from 1395. You can buy tasty cheese and watch wonderful folkloristic performances. 

There is a modern and free toilet in the central square. Also in the city there are Dutch-style urinals a bit similar to Amsterdam ones.  

You can go outside the city and visit the Reeuwijkse Plassen, or the Goudse Hout, lakes in and around Gouda for a good picnic outside the town. Lakes are in an hour walking away from the centre of the town or even less. A city also famous for its Gouda cheese, stroopwafels (dutch waffles) and candles many grachten (urban shipping canals), historical drawbridges, decorated clay pipes, and its 15th-century city hall. Its array of historic churches and other buildings makes it a very popular tourist destination.

A visit to the city can easily be combined with a visit to the site of Kinderdijk, a collection of historical windmills that still function and are recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage. Visiting this area is a true unique experience, since this part of the Netherlands is a few meters below sea-level and is for 700 years protected by dikes and water management by pumps and windmills.
Written 26 November 2023
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conscienciouseater
Asia, Peru1,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A must do while visiting this gem of a town that is Gouda. It’s a bit staged, but what the heck, it’s still more authentic than all these amusement parks, and everyone is guaranteed some fun!
Written 10 August 2023
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HappyOzie
122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
As an Aussie with Dutch heritage and never having visited the Netherlands before I wanted and experience that would reflect the old stories I was told during my childhood.
These markets, held every Thursday, provided everything I hoped and imagined.
Easy to get to by train followed by a short walk through the lovely town the market centre was a feast for the senses. So many things to see, do, learn and of course eat.
The auctioning of cheese was captivating and being able to weigh yourself on the cheese scales was a bit of fun.
This is a place you will be able to look back on with fond memories.
Written 21 July 2023
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ogfy
Traverse City, MI89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
My wife and I visited, we noticed many families, so a good place for children also. Many shops to experience all the varities of Gouda cheese
Written 29 May 2023
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Emz
Hucknall, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
It was our first stop off the ferry. A tourist delight! Lovely places to drink and eat around the square and CHEESE. Traditional dress, tourist tat but quaint. Lovely little town to walk around. There is also a Lego shop which was a good bargaining tool with a 5 year old
Written 12 May 2023
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ddallas1969
Linthicum Heights, MD725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were lucky to be there on a Thursday morning. Even though it was raining, the vendors were there and we were able to buy some cheese before continuing on our bike tour. It is something you must see if you are in Gouda on a Thursday!
Written 5 May 2023
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