The Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet is an outdoor discount mall in the city of Lelystad about 60km drive north-east of Amsterdam. It is quite similar in set-up to the larger Designer Outlet Roermond which is located further away in the south of the Netherlands.
Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet contains around 150 shops from well known local and international brands. Expect discounts of around 30% off standard retail prices and up to 70% for limited special offers.
Do remember that high street Dutch prices for clothes are often higher than in the UK, US and other markets – so you might find prices a little on the high side for an outlet.
Designer outlet malls normally sell last season/end-of-line items; you should be aware that some retailers do manufacture special (and cheaper) lines just for outlets.
Batavia Stad brands include the likes of Adidas, Armani, BOSS, Calvin Klein, Espirit, Gant, G-Star Raw, Guess, Lacoste, Max Verstappen, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and so on.
As with many outlets, the primary focus is on clothes, shoes and sportswear; you will also find home and kitchenware stores from Home & Cook, Krups, Le Creuset, The Healthy Kitchen and Villeroy & Boch.
The outlet site has various cafés/fast-food joints including a large La Place self-service restaurant.
Non-EU visitors can get VAT refunds when leaving the Netherlands. Tax refunds can be done at the outlet’s Information Centre.
The Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet mall is open 1000-1800 (Mon-Thu) and 1000-2000 (Fri-Sun).
Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet, Bataviaplein 60, 8242 PN Lelystad
T: +31 (0)320 292 900
Batavia Stad area
The new province of Flevoland was reclaimed from the sea and established in the 1980s.
Next to the mall is the Batavialand Museum (adults €16, children 4-12 €8.50, free entry to children 0-3 and Museumkaart holders), which looks at the land reclamation project in detail. Buy Batavialand tickets here
It covers the prehistoric Swifterbant people who lived in the region 6,000 years ago right up to the major Zuiderzee Project and ongoing water management.
Batavialand also includes the wharf location and a shipyard which houses a replica of the East Indiaman ship.
Batavialand is open 1000-1700 (Tue-Sat), 1100-1700 (Sun), closed on Mondays except during Dutch school holidays.
You have some excellent views out to the Markermeer lake – you can often spot Amsterdam in the distance.
You will see Antony Gormley’s Crouching Man sculpture (called Exposure, made in 2010) which is 26m high and weighs 60 tonnes. It is possible to walk out to the sculpture though it is a good 1.5km in distance away.
And heading along the waterfront is the Batavia Harbour for sailing boats.
Lelystad also hosts the Aviodrome aviation museum which is located at the city’s airport.
How To Get to Batavia Stad by Public Transport
Intercity trains from NS Dutch Railways run half-hourly between Amsterdam Central station and Lelystad Centrum. The journey takes 38 minutes with a change at Almere Centrum. There are also non-stop Sprinter trains running half-hourly which take almost 1 hour.
The standard fare is €23.60 return (2023) plus €1 extra for a disposable ticket.
From Lelystad Centrum station you can take Arriva bus 3 (half-hourly) which reaches Batavia Stad in 10 minutes. Pay €2.76 for a single trip or check-in and out with a contactless debit/credit card or OV-chip card.
TIP: The 1-3 day Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket (€21/€31.50/€40.50) is valid on all regional transport – and includes the Amsterdam-Lelystad train and bus 3 to Batavia Stad. Book Amsterdam & Region Travel Tickets online here
On the train journey between Almere and Lelystad you will pass the large (and controversial) nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen. It is an amazing sight, looking something like an African savannah – the 5,600 hectare park contains wild horses, deer and migratory birds. Because of a lack of natural predators, a proportion of the herbivore animals have been known in the past to starve to death in the winter.
There is also Amsterdam The Style Outlets located at Halfweg-Zwanenburg, a few km west from Amsterdam.
Last update 5 April 2023 (originally published in 2016).