De Hoge der A and Lage der A, the Brugstraat, the A-kerkhof: all of these streets exude the atmosphere of ages past. Walk past the warehouses beside the water and the large number of medieval buildings. These streets have many charming shops and cafés that combine luxury, art and culture.
Trade by water has almost entirely ceased, but the lively sense of industry around the Hoge and Lage der A has remained. This is where you find the old-fashioned Droppie liquorice shop, the Achterpand filled with knitting and crochet yarn, the Groninger Kaasboetiek cheese shop and the Kamphuis cookery shop. Spend some time chilling at one of the many outdoor cafés on the quays. If you would like to know more about ships, be sure to visit the Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum (Northern Nautical Museum) around the corner.
Luxury is increasing around the Der Aa church. Between the Vismarkt and the quay are several fashion shops where brands like Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger are sold. If you are looking for special shoes, go to the Van Dalen (DiCapolavori) shoe shop, which has been selling various wonderful brands since the 19th century. Continue further into the city or return to the water via the other side of the church. If you decide to return, be sure to visit the Noorderlicht photo gallery.