VA Market Dordrecht

As you enter Villa Augustus, you find yourself immediately in the Markt (Market). This large hall, with its high windows, is where the pumps of the pumping station used to work at full power to pump water through kilometres of pipes. It is now a hive of activity and the air is filled with the tempting aroma of freshly baked sourdough bread, cookies and cakes. Practically everything that is made, grown or used in Villa Augustus is on sale in the Markt. There are new things to see and buy nearly every week. Determined by the season, just as in the garden. It is a wonderful spot to sit at a table, have a drink, read the newspaper or enjoy a snack while, on the other side, our chefs are busy preparing and cooking: rinsing off vegetables, cleaning fish and making delicious bouillon.

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Entrance of the Villa Augustus Market

The bakery

Our baker starts work at half past four every morning. And the work in the bakery goes on all day. We make everything here ourselves: sourdough bread, delicious seasonal cake served from large baking tins straight out of the oven, permanent favourites like our lemon and lime cake, cheesecake and chocolate cake, and desserts for the restaurant. And, of course, cookies.

Also great to take home with you!
Fruit and vegetables in the Villa Augustus Market

Fruit and vegetables

On the other side of the Markt is our vegetable department, with fresh, mostly organic vegetables, fruit and herbs from the garden, local farmers and organic suppliers. And there is olive oil, pulses, jam, a wide variety of dairy products, wine, tea and coffee. You can also buy fresh fish, meat, sausages, cheese (organic where possible) and game from our menu to take home and prepare a meal yourself.

The chefs in our kitchen are happy to cut off an ounce or two for you!
Fresh antipasti everyday in the Villa Augustus Market

Fresh antipasti

In the display cases near the kitchen, there is a wide selection of antipasti, freshly prepared every day: tomato and olive tapenade, pesto, dried tomatoes, olives, anchovies, roast vegetables, seasonal salads and much more. To enjoy with a drink at the reading table, or to take home.

'Ramble of the little girl’ by Nathalie Lété in the Villa Augustus Market

Books and more...

But there is more in the Markt, including special books, art and bric-a-brac, flowers from the garden, bread baskets, small travel cases and linen aprons. For the garden, there are seeds, plants, gardening tools, watering cans, insect hotels, bird and butterfly boxes, and black crows. And there is artwork by our favourite artists, such as ceramics by Laura de Moor and books, scarves, crockery and vases by Nathalie Lété. There is a range of Villa Augustus items, including our crockery, postcards illustrated by Dorine de Vos, and cotton bags. We have special publications, including the book ‘De tuin van Augustus’ (The garden of Villa Augustus) and Nathalie Lété’s pop-up book ‘De wandeling van het kleine meisje’ (The Ramble of the Little Girl), our Fruitkalender (Fruit Calendar) and the film ‘Dit is Villa Augustus’ (This is Villa Augustus). And lookies, lucky bunnies, bird whistles, music boxes, snail lamps, Uncle Jan’s Meccano lamps and countless other weird and wonderful things that are typical of Villa Augustus. Far too much to mention. 

Come and take a look for yourself!
Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

Tide Chandelier

The lamp in the market is a ‘Tide Chandelier’, made from items found on the beach by British artist Stuart Haygarth.

Cow parsley in the Villa Augustus Market

Opening times

  • The Markt is open every day from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m.

And more…

Click here (in Dutch) to see all the exclusive items and special editions available in our market!

  • Entrance of the Villa Augustus Market
  • Fruit and vegetables in the Villa Augustus Market
  • Fresh antipasti everyday in the Villa Augustus Market
  • 'Ramble of the little girl’ by Nathalie Lété in the Villa Augustus Market
  • Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth
  • Cow parsley in the Villa Augustus Market