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, Benetton, Calvin Klein, Espirit, Gant, Guess, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger 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 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.
The Batavia Stad Fashion Outlet mall is open 363 days per year (only closed on Dec 25 and Jan 1). Regular opening hours are 1000-1800 (Mon-Fri) and 1000-2000 (Sat & 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 €14, children 4-12 €7.50, Museumkaart free), which looks at the land reclamation project in detail. 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 a shipyard which houses a replica of the East Indiaman ship.
The museum is closed on Mondays during the winter months.
You have some excellent views out to the Markermeer lake. You will see Antony Gormley’s Crouching Man sculpture (called Exposure, made in 2010) which is 26m high and weighs 60 tonnes.
And heading along the waterfront is the Batavia Harbour for sailing boats.
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 39 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 €20.40 return (2018) plus €1 extra for a disposable ticket.
From Lelystad Centrum station you can take bus 3 which reaches Batavia Stad in 10 minutes. You can use an OV-chip card with credit for the bus trip or pay €2.30 for a single trip.
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 to starve to death in the winter.
Batavia Stad Shuttle Bus – This departs daily at 1000 from the Bus Parking de Ruijterkade Oost – Amsterdam Cruise Port at De Ruijterkade 153. It travels directly to Batavia Stad. A return ticket is from €5. The bus heads back at 1600.