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It's hard not to fall in love with Utrecht and the Dom Tower. Utrecht’s picturesque city center and traditional café culture is best explored by bike. Utrecht, the place were we lived for 6 years, the place where we fell in love and were we got married (in The Dom Tower). One of my favourite cities in the world.
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A few of my favourite areas outside the city center.
Rotsoord - On the banks of the river Vaartsche Rijn, a five-minute walk from the well-known Ledig Erf square in the south of Utrecht, you’ll find Rotsoord, a former industrial estate which has been converted into a hotspot that is very popular with locals. Like restaurant Le:en, where you can have tapas-style Asian meals, while they also serve a wide variety of cocktails. Enjoy drinks and beers at Klein Berlijn, Taplokaal Gist or Camping Ganspoort both with a waterfront outdoor terrace. Fancy some dinner? Make sure to book in advance at restaurant WT Urban Café & Kitchen housed in a water tower where you can enjoy some spectacular views of Utrecht city or Restaurant Het Ketelhuis or Restaurant De Zagerij both located in the old Pastoe factory.
Lombok - One of Utrecht's most culturally diverse neighbourhoods, with the increasingly popular Kanaalstraat, lined with Turkish and Moroccan grocery stores, bakeries, cafes and kebab shops.
The best restaurants of Utrecht City
Restaurant Badhuis - A golden oldie from when we used to live in Utrecht. Refined fare served in a fashionable restaurant featuring a robust wine list & a seasonal patio. Housed in a former bath house, the history of the building is clearly reflected in the restaurant. The original gold letters are again on the facade. The former waiting rooms of the Badhuis are now private spaces for small groups. And for those who are interested in architecture. The interior of the entire restaurant is inspired by the Amsterdam School style. restaurantbadhuis.nl
Restaurant De Goedheyd - I have fond memories of this place. I celebrated my graduation and my pre wedding dinner at restaurant De Goedheyd. Charming little restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. A very fine four or five course surprise menu with a delicate taste and pairing wines. I don't have to convince you. You just must go! degoedheyd.nl
Grand Hotel Karel V - A luxury and iconic five star hotel in the city centre of Utrecht. Housed in a former Monastery & Military Hospital this is all monumental elegance, sparkling gastronomy with more than 650 years of history. I took my parents and hubby for dinner once. What a treat is was. karelv.nl/en
Heron Restaurant - A complete new experience of food and wine. High on the list.
Schalkwijkstraat 26-28, 3512 KS Utrecht - heronrestaurant.nl
Het Ketelhuis - Housed in the former Pastoe factory Restaurant Ketelhuis offers a 4,5,6 or 7 course surprise menu. The food was nice and the converted industrial building gives the atmosphere a cool vibe. Try restaurant De Zagerij next door too. hetketelhuisutrecht.nl
De Pomp Utrecht - Housed in a former gas station, this place is a great for breakfast, drinks or shared dining. Always busy and conveniently located close to the station. I have been a few times and it never disappoints. depomputrecht.nl
WT Urban Kitchen - Located in a former water tower with a striking view over the city of Utrecht. Industrial heritage meets sophisticated food menu with fantastic flavours. The staff and service is superb. You can enjoy a four, five or six course menu with pairing wines. It really is a one of a kind and unique dining location. Make sure to book for the 10th floor a few weeks in advance. This place is popular (and for a reason). I especially enjoyed the view of The Dom Tower, the place where I got married. Love it! wturbankitchen.nl/en
De Zagerij - Next door to Restaurant Het Ketelhuis, you'll find De Zagerij. A sublime restaurant.Try the 3 or 4 course tasting menu and make sure you'll book a table on the magnificent outdoor terrace on the waterfront in the former industrial area of Utrecht.
Zies - Small luxury boutique hotel with Wine Bar & Bistro. We had divine dinner with pairing wines. A lovely place on the Twijnstraat. Which is one of my favourite streets in Utrecht anyway. zies-utrecht.nl/en
The best brunch and lunch places in Utrecht City
Broodje Bigoli - Sandwich and Deli Shop. Never change a winning team. Feels like little Italy. My lunch time routine when I was a student. Sandwich with Taleggio cheese. Always. The other good thing, go to Cafe De Zaak on the square where you can order coffee with your BYO lunch. You see the match? Win! bigoli.nl
Café De Zaak - A quirky so called 'bruin café' in the city centre of Utrecht. Always buzzing. This place never disappoints. For lunch (bring your own) or a drink. Conveniently located with a three minute walking distance from the Dom Tower. dezaak-utrecht.nl
Froh - All day Breakfast at Froh located in the Vecht Club Building. Hipster place 2.0.
It reminded me of London and Berlin. Check out their Sunday Breakfast specials.
Landhuis in de Stad - Landhuis in de Stad is a place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, breakfast, lunch, a newspaper or a board game all day long. Lovely situated in the park, this place is perfect for a lazy weekend. Great with kids too. landhuisindestad.nl
The best places for coffee in Utrecht City
30ml Coffee & Food - A great place for specialty coffee and all day brunch in the City Centre of Utrecht. With locations Vredenburg, Nachtengaalstraat and Leidsche Rijn you can't miss out. Also located in other cities - 30ml.nl
The best Wine Bars in Utrecht City
Donkere Gaard 9, 3511 KV Utrecht - talud9.nl
Neude 2, 3512 AD Utrecht - wijncafelefebvre.nl
Predikherenstraat 19, 3512 TL Utrecht - wijnbarvinvin.nl
Donkere Gaard 2, 3511 KW Utrecht - verdemarrone.nl
The best terraces in Utrecht City
Bar & Bistro Op Zuid - Housed in the former wire & steel factory Neerlandia, this colorful New York style bar and bistro and chill hangout with a terrace & water views serving global bites, beer, wine & cocktails. opzuidutrecht.nl
Camping Ganspoort - Near Klein Berlijn and Tappunt Gist you'll find Camping Ganspoort, an airy, laid-back cafe with a brick patio & river views. Great for beers, cocktails and some bites.
Fort aan de Klop - Oh I love Fort aan de Klop. A beautiful location on an island in the middle of nature. The fort is part of the New Dutch Waterline and can be found in the north of Utrecht. Such a great laid-back amotsphere for drinks with foodtrucks on the weekend. Great with kids too. fortaandeklop.com
Klein Berlijn - Imagine yourself in Berlin ;-) A great place for beers with a lovely waterside terrace. Food can be ordered from Tappunt Gist on the other side. Inside the bar can be a bit crowded. Hence I would go in the summer. kleinberlijn.de
The best Boutique Hotels in Utrecht City
Grand Hotel Karel V - A luxury and iconic five star hotel in the city center of Utrecht. Housed in a former Monastery & Military Hospital this is all monumental elegance, sparkling gastronomy with more than 650 years of history. karelv.nl/en
Great things To Do in Utrecht City
Agnietenstraat 1, 3512 XA Utrecht - centraalmuseum.nl
The DOM Tower + Pandtuin - The Dom Tower of Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112.5 metres in height. It is considered the symbol of Utrecht. With stunning views from the top. Did you know you can get married there ;) domtoren.nl/en
Miffy Museum (Nijntje Museum) - Picture book–inspired museum & indoor play area with themed rooms geared toward young children. Inspired by Miffy from Dick Bruna.
Great things to do in Utrecht Province
De Haar Castle - The largest castle in the Netherlands, Kasteel De Haar, once the private residence of the Van Zuylen family, whose descendants still stay here yearly. In the last century, the castle also frequently hosted members of the international jet set with lavish house parties hosted by the baron and baroness. Famous guests included Coco Chanel, Maria Callas, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Yves Saint Laurent, Joan Collins and Brigitte Bardot. The Castle is near Utrecht and worth a day trip. kasteeldehaar.nl
Eemplein 77, 3812 EA Amersfoort - kunsthalkade.nl/en
Teahouse (Theehuis) Rhijnauwen - A chilled and laid-back restaurant with a terrace located at a quiet forgotten branch of the Rhine River just east of Utrecht. Rhijnauwen is serving sweet & savory Dutch pancakes, sandwiches and coffee & cake. Great with kids. Also a beautiful area to cycle around the area. theehuisrhijnauwen.nl
Restaurant De Zusters - Buitenplaats Doornburgh in Maarssen aan de Vecht, the restaurant is housed in former monastery and only work with local ingredients and produce. We went for a Sunday lunch. Divine. I will definitely come back for dinner soon. dezusters.nl
Tournooiveld 1, 3611 AS Oud Zuilen - slotzuylen.nl/english