Designer outlet Roermond, Netherlands: 6 things to know before getting there!
Hello everybody! I was at the Designer Outlet Roermond in Netherlands, a few weeks ago and it has become one of my top shopping destinations, thanks to some great deals I found there on shoes and bags at Gucci and Prada! Here is a little insight from my trip-some of the things you might want to know before planning your trip there.:) P.S. I am wearing jeans from True Religion and pure cashmere kimono sweater and pure cashmere infinity scarf, both from Jjill.
Designer Outlet Roermond is located in the south-east Dutch province of Limburg, a 10 minute drive from the German border. I visited there with my friend Nicola at whose place I was staying in a small village near Düsseldorf. We drove there around 11a.m. on a weekday and it took us almost 45-50 minutes to reach the outlet. There is also a shuttle bus service to the outlet, that runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Düsseldorf Central Station. You can get more information about how to get there from their website. The outlet is open Monday-Friday 10a.m.-8p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9a.m.-8p.m.
From high-fashion labels like Gucci, Prada, Burberry and Tod's to Coach, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and True Religion, there are about 200 brands to explore. In order to save time, I had already decided the stores I wanted to visit in order of importance and accordingly made a shopping budget. I know from experience that designer outlets can really make me buy things that I don't want, so I like to be disciplined and stick to my budget. :)
I was pretty impressed with some of the deals I found there on high-fashion brands. Prada had a special-section of Prada shopping bags in pure leather priced at €470 inclusive of taxes. I had seen these bags a few months earlier at Premium Outlets near Los Angeles for $950 (approx., special price) including taxes. Prada shoes were available between €200-€300 and dresses around €350.
You could pick up a nice Gucci bag between €450-600 (prices comparable to Premium Outlets near Los Angeles) and a Burberry trench for about €800 or €900. I also saw a pink Burberry trench available for €300 but sadly it was sold out in my size. Burberry dresses were available between €200-€300.
4. Tax Refund
The best part about shopping in Europe if you are a tourist, is the tax refund which you can claim for your purchases at the airport before flying out! All you need to do is to show your passport while paying for your purchases and ask the shop assistant at the counter for the tax refund. Tip: Never forget to carry your passport to the outlet!
Here is a picture of me calculating the tax refund!
There are a number of cafés or restaurants like La Place for breakfast, Segafredo for coffee, Piet Friet for fresh fries, McDonalds for burgers and Asia Cocos for Asian food. My favorite was Café-Pizzeria Staccato where me and my friend stopped for lunch and coffee. I quite enjoyed the outdoor seating there as well as the service.
The outlet is tastefully designed in shades of grey, lilac, yellow and blue and the feeling it gave me was of understated luxury and sophisticated style. There are many benches to sit and relax and the outlet is very easy to navigate.
My small camera bag was perfect for the trip!
Pink is the new color of the trench! I see it everywhere and see how this lady is wearing it. :)