I'm an aspiring writer living in Perth. I like to take the scenic route and take pleasure in the simple things in life, such as good food and good company.
Published February 1st 2014
The Dutch Shop in Guildford is not something you would come across in, say, your local shopping centre. Its location in Guildford is easy to miss and would have been left undiscovered, if it were not for some exploring or research.
The outside of the shop does not give much away about the beauty within. The inside is reminiscent of old fashioned lolly shops and would surely render anyone nostalgic of their childhood years. Walls are lined with jars of mints and lollies and shelves are stacked with iconic Dutch favourites such as Stroopwafels (syrup waffles), speculaas (spiced biscuits) and Deruyter (sprinkles), along with a whole range of other treats that come packaged in shiny wrapping. Seasonal products are also available. For example, during the lead up to Christmas, chocolate letters that are traditionally given by Sinterkklaas (Santa claus) can be ordered in by request. Indeed, the shops boasts an extensive range of Dutch treats; in fact, it carries the largest range of Dutch products in Western Australia.
It would be quite easy to spend half an hour, even an hour, in the shop, as the variety available means a good forage is necessary. The only downside is having to pick and choose what to take home, as there are so many interesting and unique goodies that intrigue and inspire.
Considering that there is a lack of Dutch food suppliers in Perth, a trip to The Dutch Shop and insight into this unique sweet cuisine is definitely worth it.