Irene Hoeve Clogs and Cheese Shop

Irene Hoeve Clogs and Cheese Shop

Irene Hoeve Clogs and Cheese Shop
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  • G. Y.
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Tour and Experience
    We visited this shop while on a tour to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam. It was a very informative presentation of cheese making and tasting the cheese was an added bonus. The presentation of making the clogs/wooden shoes was fascinating. The selection of items to purchase was incredible and we walked away with lots of cheese and clogs which were very reasonably priced. Highly recommend visiting this beautiful location and shop. Our tour guide was Ophir with Experience Waterland and we highly recommend taking this tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • irve2016
    Sydney, Australia1,255 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steven The Legend
    We visited here as part of a tour, what a truly entertaining visit especially the clog making the whole show was hilarious and very entertaining. Steven was a true showman which lead to a lot of sales. Well done.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany7,364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Comedy And Wooden Shoe Making Show Ever!
    My wife and I came here with low expectations and were completely blown away. This is a must do stop while visiting the Netherlands. I have never laughed harder than when I was at a comedy club. My wife was raised in Holland, Michigan, so she grew up in a Dutch culture and knew all about cheese making and wooden shoe making and klompen dancing. Still, she was blown away at how much this gentleman captured the audience. After the show, there was time for shopping for some of that delicious cheese and more. We even got to try lots of cheeses and shots of Dutch wine. Stick to the cheeses as the wine was less than spectacular. All in all, an absolutely fun two hours!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
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rexooi
San Jose, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
If there is a zero star, this is what they will deserved. There were eight of us in this small group tour and we were all Asians from America. As we were in the middle of the cheese tasting, a rude French tour guide interjected our group and blocked us from continuing the tasting. He told us to go to the back and to let his group go first. Our tour leader told this guy politely that our group was there first and that we were directed there by the shop personnel who demonstrated the cheese making. The idiot refused to move and still blocked the way. Then came the owner of this shop. Instead of helping the situation, you could see he is so racially biased. Told our tour guide to move us to the back as he said he knew the French guy for more than 15 years and that French guide brings him more business. Later, a lady personnel came over to apologize for the situation but not the owner.This should not have happened. There’s no respect for people. No one should visit this store!!
Written April 19, 2023
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Stanley S
Winter Garden, FL528 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were here a few years ago and the show put on by the owner while explaining wooden shoe making was campy and he was...umm... taken with himself (or was that the real show? Haha). I don't remember him from our last visit or the show being so corny but he was entertaining and surprising about how few hand make the shoes. The dairy part was pure factual. There is a small attached shop that sells cheese made on site and wooden shoes as well as local souvenirs. Of course, my wife bought something, a mini Delft windmill. It was a nice stop in the beautiful countryside only a short distance outside of Amsterdam.
Written May 21, 2023
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Robicsek
Budapest, Hungary578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a bit of a letdown in an otherwise fabulous Dutch countryside private tour. I understand that tourists going to the Netherlands want to see clog making and cheese making, but it is ever so “touristy”. Being tourists ourselves I should not really complain, but the lad explaining cheese making was really not up to the task, and the clog making demonstration was a kind of stand-up comedy. Even the cheese selection was disappointing (no Edam cheese only Gouda) – there is a much better selection in an everyday Amsterdam market.
Written July 1, 2023
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Kuan K
Milpitas, CA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
My wife and I were in a small group (8 people of Asian descent from USA) tour organized by Water Experience. Our guide Ali was funny and took good care of us. Our second stop at Irene Hoeve’s cheese and clog was marred by a very upsetting experience for us. Our host at the place had asked us to taste the cheese and wine when a French guide ( white French guy) interrupted us and blocked us from tasting the cheese and wine. He was rude and displayed a bullying attitude. Our guide tried to reason with him. Then the owner (man) came (name is probably Stephen) came and badly handled the situation. He took the side of the French guide without knowing the whole situation. We were just visitors and directed to go to the cheese and wine tasting. Whatever the flow of the process, we had no idea. We decided to leave the room. Outside, a lady employee, perhaps related to the owner apologized to us. She was nice and suggested it was just a communication issue. We didn’t think so. We felt discriminated.
Written April 19, 2023
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Nunya B
Sherwood, AR111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you find yourself in Katwoude, Holland (The Netherlands) then do stop at a cheese farm. I suggest Irene Hoeve since they make both cheese and wooden shoes in one location. You'll get an explanation of how the Edam cheese is made, then how wooden shoes are made, and then you can browse their gift store where there is a HUGE spread of all the cheeses for you to sample as much as you wish. It is well worth a stop here. The cheeses are... well, there's no word to describe their heavenly taste. And I have forewarn you... I bought some cheese, but not much. Now I am home and am frantic that I cannot find it online to buy. So... buy a lot if you like it. It may be your one and only opportunity to get it!

Irene Hoeve Clogs and Cheese
Hoogedijk 1, 1145 PM
Katwoude, Holland
Tel: 0299 652291
They speak fluent English.
Written September 15, 2010
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Jim T
Denver, CO339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If you want truly authentic Netherlands cheese this is the place to get it! We attended an excellent demonstration of cheese making. Yes, the cheese you buy here is made right here!

You can try a variety of cheeses with a small glass of brandy to refresh the palate between tastings. We decided on the large "Old Gouda" (€15) and we are very happy that we did so!

The famous wooden clogs are also made here as well. Be sure to ask about the excellent demonstration of how the clogs are made given by one of the very few clog makers left in the Netherlands.
Written November 3, 2019
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Richardes335
New York City, NY121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
A little side excursion from Amsterdam. Cheesemaking and clog demonstration. Nice break in the action and tasty samples of Gouda cheese.
Written August 28, 2019
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Stanley S
Winter Garden, FL528 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This stop was part of a small group tour. While mildly interesting, the demonstration was a yawner. The clog making was a bit of a pretense to separate tourists from their cash. I found nothing charming about the shop as it seemed almost industrial. My wife did buy a few souvenirs and it seemed like any other touristy souvenir shop in the area, Nothing charming and totally businesslike.The group did get to sample some cheese (I did not due to a slight lactose intolerance) and they seemed to sell a lot of the base cannabis (without the active THC) cheese which seemed very popular locally and probably for its novelty. This business seemed to thrive on its tourist business and didn't really appear to be a farm. I think we and the others would have preferred a visit to a working dairy farm to see the process. This location gave a short explanation of the cheese-making process with some really cheesy humor, which I did not find particularly funny, thrown in. Overall, it was OK but if it wasn't part of the tour and skipped it I wouldn't have missed it.
Written June 27, 2019
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amy b
Scottsdale, AZ180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Beat the crowds and high prices by experiencing cheese and clog making at its finest! Shh- don’t tell EVERYONE or it will lose its charm. For now- it’s a great place to watch one of the brothers explain the family craft of wooden shoe making and you get a clue up look/listen to cheese making details. Sample cheese- and take advantage of free mustard when you buy a certain amount of cheese. Claim it if you leave the country- but it is safe to travel with and once you get home you can relive the memories. Fresh cheese, all sizes of clogs, friendly staff- well worth the drive!
Written April 30, 2019
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Davefrombroxburn
Livingston, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Our coach driver stopped here when we were exploring and this was a great demonstration of artisan cheese and clog making. Top marks to the chap showing how clogs were made. Nice selection of cheeses to sample
Written April 20, 2016
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