Haarlem is a lovely town. Like indicated above, it is more quiet, the sunday might probably be even a little too quiet....
On monday morning, many shops might still be closed, but from noon, it will be better. You will find a few large shopping streets, leading to the marketsquare. You can go there, but do not forget to walk into the smaller sidestreets, you will find many lovely boutique style shops there, ranging from clothing to souvenirs, from small little giftshops until home decorating stuff.
A few museums to visit:
The Corrie ten Boom House.
If you are into art: Frans Hals Museum
The Haarlem Historical Museum
Furthermore,. St.Bavo church is well worth a visit, the cityhall and "vleeshal" as well, all around the market square.
And if the weather is nice, there is the begijnhof, you can walk a
few citytours. There are a few good theatres to spend an evening as well...........
More info on http://www.haarlem.nl/smartsite9.htm
Feel free to revert back for specifics.
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It depends what you want to do. Amsterdam has everything - museums, busy cafes, concert halls, bars and restaurants so why would you want to be elsewhere?
Haarlem is a pleasant enough town, but it's scarcely a tourist centre and you might find yourself somewhat bored, especially in November.
If you want an alternative to Amsterdam where the hotels are perhaps a little less expensive, I recommend The Hague.
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