Utrecht hotspots for food and drinks!
Great overview of Utrecht’s best places that you don’t want to miss out on!
To be honest we have no clue where to start as Utrecht is full of great places. Many restaurants are situated along the canal, the perfect place (during summer) for a drink and a nice meal. Overlooking Utrecht’s beautiful canals with food and drinks, watching the world go by. HMM dreamy! However, if you think this is all, you’re wrong. Utrecht has so many hidden places, some of which if you don’t get to know about them, you’ll never find them! And thats what we’re here for. Phew! Below we made you a list with our current fave hotspots.
Utrecht has a few hidden gems for an awesome breakfast. Absolutely worth a visit, here we go…
1. De Ontdekking – (Discovery)
You’ll be surprised by the cosy atmosphere once you enter the doors of ‘De Ontdekking’. Gezelligheid! With home made healthy eats you could never get bored of. Breakfast, lunch or just great coffee (with a piece of cake of course), this is where you need to be! Great food & drinks, free wifi, a mixed bag of students, professionals and families, we are sure you’ll feel at home in no time! ‘De Ontdekking’ is situated at ‘De Voorstraat’ you’ll find several nice shops, bars and cafes here.
Top Tip! Be sure to order the breakfast platter (before 12am) and wash it down with a cafe brûlée! Here is the website, loveliness! http://www.deontdekkingutrecht.nl
Address: Voorstraat 110, 3512 AV Utrecht
2. De Bakkerswinkel
Another great hotspot in Utrecht for breakfast or lunch! From the outside this place looks like a cute little bakery, but step inside and have the pleasure of discovering the outstanding basement area, with the canal running at foot level. In the rustic basement you’ll have a real pretty view, it’s a bit special, and somewhere you shouldn’t miss out on! De Bakkerswinkel offers great breakfast, lunch and high tea. Check out their website for more information: http://www.debakkerswinkel.com
Address: Wittevrouwenstraat 2, 3512 CT Utrecht
3. Yoghurt Barn
For those who like a yoghurt of all kinds and a good coffee or juice in the mornings, go and check out Yoghurt Barn! With a large variety of yoghurts and endless toppings to choose from we are sure that this will be a great start to your day. Also check out the great high tea platters! For more info: http://www.yoghurtbarn.nl
Address: Vinkenburgstraat 15, 3512 AA Utrecht
1. Broodje Ben
The best sandwiches in town! A few years ago a little caravan appeared along the canal in the middle of town. In no time at all people were queueing down the street for this, which can only mean one thing… Goodness! And indeed, there is no other place like Broodje Ben! An endless assortment of mouth watering sandwiches which come as big as your head, also known for their jam packed fillings! Lekker! Give the Carpaccio #34 a try (they all go by number) we promise you’ll love it, and so will your pocket!
Being as Broodje Ben is just a van in the street you have the option to get your fill whilst overlooking the beautiful canals, otherwise why not take it to one of Utrecht’s BYO’s (bring your own). These are great spots to hang out, or in!
Top Tip! The terraces during summer get quite busy all over the city.
Our fave BYO cafe/bars
- ‘Café de Zaak’
Address: Korte Minrebroederstraat 9
- ‘Café Flater’ (across the water)
Address: Oudegracht 140
Facebook Broodje Ben: https://www.facebook.com/BroodjeBenUtrecht
1. Meneer Smakers
Delicious burgers & homemade fries! Definitely the best burgers in town with a gastronomic twist! Meneer Smakers is a small but cosy burger joint which established in 2012. With quick rise to success there is currently two locations in Utrecht. These burgers are delicious, quick and affordable. You haven’t truly been to Utrecht until you have tried The Auntie Truus or The Mister Smakers. With special burgers every month, Meneer Smakers combines a tiny and unique atmosphere, hospitable employees and delicious food. And for the vegetarians out there, don’t think you’ll miss out on this experience too, they have various veggie burgers for your taste buds available. Check out their website for more info: www.smakers.nl
Address: Nobelstraat 143 & Twijnstraat 62
2. La Cubanita
Super gezellig (cosy) and all you can eat tapas. This place is what we’re talking about, always crowded and full to the brim. With writing on the walls, this place is cheap and cheerful, the dishes come out fast and furious and tasting great, for as long as you like! You may need to reserve yourself a table. On weekdays, Sun-Thurs you pay €17,50 all you can eat. Fri-Sat it’s €22,50. More info: www.lacubanita.nl
Address: Oudkerkhof 44, 3512 GL Utrecht
The Dutchies love a little Spanish influence so here’s another great tapas restaurant. The staff here are super friendly and the food is tasty. Good atmosphere, inside or out. Take a seat at the bar area and snack there too. You can get yourself a great tapas platter for just 10 euros pp. Besides of the platters there is lots more deliciousness on the menu so go and check out this place, which by the way is situated in one of the most well-known food streets in Utrecht. Again, make a reservation here. More info: http://www.tapasbarvintage.nl
Address: Drieharingstraat 18, 3511 BJ Utrecht
The owner of this joint owns several nice bars/restaurants in the city, Walden however is our fave! Mostly because of its location next to De Dom tower. In summer they have a nice terrace space and you can easily spend the whole night here admiring the view. They also have a 3 for €12 concept where you can enjoy a reasonable three course meal for this bargain price! Cosy place with nice atmosphere, next to having dinner this place is known for throwing some good parties and turns into a cool bar space with DJ’s later on in the evenings. Open for lunch too… pop by and have a look! More info: http://www.barwalden.nl