At Van der Sterre, you'll immediately fall head over heels for two typical Dordrecht delicacies: the famous Appelmarijn and the Schapenkopjes, delicious buttercream cookies with an almond garnish in the shape of a sheep's head; a reference to the legend to which the Dordrians owe their nickname.
On to Dordrecht's pride and joy, Distillery Rutte. After all, the Rutte name reaches far beyond our national borders and their gin is among the world's best. They have been making their famous gins, genevers and liqueurs here since 1872. According to a secret recipe, with the best ingredients and using traditional methods. Also fun: a gin making workshop with your favorite ingredients. The ultimate chance to get a taste of the secret Rutte recipe!
On the corner of the square you will find Stripwinkel Sjors (Scheffersplein, Tolbrug 1). Not a Dordrecht product, but a household name for over 40 years in Dordrecht and far beyond. The more than 40,000 comics from all corners of the world and for all ages make you dizzy. Besides being fun to read, they are often exceptionally beautiful. At Sjors you can easily spend hours!
Bookstore De Nwe Bengel is not only a feast for the eyes, you will also find all kinds of books by and about Dordrecht and Dordrians, such as the collections of the famous Dordrecht poet C. Buddingh' or the acclaimed Johan de Witt trilogy by Jean-Marc van Tol, in which, as a reader, you really find yourself in the Dordrecht of 1650.
Wine has been made on the Island of Dordrecht since 2002. Wijngaard Bilderhof also became the first Dutch vineyard to win gold for both their white and red wine. Curious how that tastes? You can find the Bilderhof wines at places like Slijterij Van Pelt and VVV Dordrecht.
Stroll down the Voorstraat to visit Opa & An's cozy store. Among the beautiful home accessories, you'll also find Dordrecht skyline postcards by illustrator Ms. Emmer and the cool pillows from De Stadsfabriek featuring a silkscreen of the majestic Dordrecht Grote Kerk.
Stadsbrouwerij Dordrecht is not just any brewery. In this professional microbrewery, the beer is brewed in a very artisanal way by volunteers and interns mainly from the MBO. The brewery is occasionally open and on Saturday afternoons there are guided tours. The Schapenkopje beer is available at various catering establishments and stores in Dordrecht.
With all those sweet Dordt delicacies behind you, you can burn off the calories in no time with a nice walk along the beautiful Dordt harbours. Enjoy all the beauty along the way and finish at Finn's (Blauwpoortsplein 13) or the neighbours of restaurant Lef (Blauwpoortsplein 15) for a drink or dinner.