The shops (including two supermarkets and the famous "Koekhuisje" where you can buy Deventer gingerbread) are about 2 minutes' walk. In Deventer you can do almost everything on foot, center town is small but beautiful and historic.
There are several interesting city walks possible.
The city is situated on the bank of the river IJssel, a river which used to be very important from the Middle Ages until the 19th century when most of the trading was done by water. In these days Deventer was member of the well-known Hanze cities (until the 17th century). Deventer has about 100.000 inhabitants and is surrounded by green, fertile nature as is common in the area of a river delta. It is famous for its small and specialized shops, galleries and historical value. At the end of the 15th century it was one of the most famous book-print cities in Europa and economically blooming. It has always kept its name as ‘book town’, there are many secondhand bookshops and in August the biggest book market in Europe takes place in a big part of the center and along the river IJssel.