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Delft: Souvenirs


Delft Blue is the world-famous Dutch pottery that has been produced in Delft since the 17th century. Back then, this trademark earthenware was popular among the rich, who prided themselves on their extensive collections. At its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft. We reveal the best places to start your own collection

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Royal Delft
Royal Delft is the last Delftware manufacturer remaining from the 17th century. Established in 1653, Royal Delft is the oldest factory that still produces entirely hand-painted Delft earthenware using techniques that are true to the centuries-old tradition. Visitors have the chance to see the production process first hand on daily guided tours.

Royal Delft, Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft, +31 (0)15 251 2030

De Delftse Pauw
De Delftse Pauw (the Delft Peacock) is situated in a traditional Dutch building on the along the de Vliet canal. The company offers guided tours, which take visitors through the history and production of this authentic Delftware. Here, it is possible to see professional painters decorate the intricate designs by hand.

De Delftse Pauw, Delftweg 133, 2289 BD Rijswijk, +31 (0)15 212 4920

Holland House
Located on the busy market square in the heart of Delft, the aptly named Holland House has been selling Delftware since 1972. One of the most popular souvenir shops in town (it is open 365 days a year), this traditional spot takes pride in helping you find the exact Delftware you want. A hexagonal-shaped vase? This is the shop in which to find it.

Holland House, Markt 48, 2611 GV Delft, +31 (0)15 214 8059

De Candelaer
Instead of just buying Delftware, why not learn how to make it at De Candelaer’s pottery factory? Visitors get the chance to watch expert painters at work and then can replicate what they have learned. It is a chance to watch the masters at work and to master the art yourself.

De Candelaer, Kerkstraat 13, 2611 GX Delft, +31 (0)15 213 1848

De Blauwe Tulp
One of the younger Delftware potteries, De Blauwe Tulp (the Blue Tulip) was started by a group of young craftsmen in 1997 and has quickly grown in popularity among locals and tourists alike. Located in a small studio, this pottery stamps its designs with a signature blue tulip, ‘SR’ (the owner’s initials) and ‘Delft Holland’.

De Blauwe Tulp, Kerkstraat 12, 2611 GX Delft, +31 (0)15 214 8092

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