one day isn't enough
Let’s get this out of the way early: one day in Leeuwarden is never enough! If you want to discover the best culinary hotspots, get a real feeling for the city, and learn about the centuries of history properly then you’ll have to stay the night! It might even be that 48 hours isn’t enough: if you think so too, why not stay just one day more?
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Let’s begin at the beginning! Head to the Oldehoofsterkerkhof firstly, and meet your guide from A Guide to Leeuwarden. It’s the perfect introduction to the city’s history, and a great way to learn the outline of the city streets.
Get the evening’s festivities off to a flying start at Fellini, where everything is based around the idea of la dolce vita. They serve some of the freshest Italian-inspired dishes in the city, and have a really seriously good Borrelplank. A great place to hang out and enjoy some of the sweetness of life!
Just over from the beautiful Prinsentuin (a former Royal pleasure garden and now the city’s central park), you’ll find Stek. Situated overlooking the water and greenery, it’s a cosy place for breakfast. Whether you’ve got the taste for a healthy drink, creamy cappuccino, or a board of fluffy American pancakes, Stek has you covered!
In Leeuwarden, we’re rightly proud of our museums! One of the best is the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof- which combines a world-renowned collection of ceramic art with an historic former Royal palace. It even has cutting-edge changing exhibitions, featuring captivating art.
We can hear your stomach rumbling! Let’s grab something tasty. Just round the corner from the Princessehof, in a prime spot, you’ll find Bagels&Beans. Let the smell of fresh-bakes bagels and heavenly coffee lure you inside to re-charge.
Time to taste some real Frisian culture. On the Nieuwesteeg you’ll find an authentic Elizabethan-era shop, De Grutterswinkel. Part shop, part museum, step back in time in the shop before heading into the former shopkeepers living room for a real Frysk Dúmke biscuit, or fresh oranjekoek.
After the excitement of your last day in Leeuwarden, you’ll need a good place to lay your head. Luckily, there’s the super-luxe Hotel Post-Plaza, where you’ll be treated to a unique experience in the former post-office building. Whether staying the night or dropping in for a nightcap at the grand café, you can 100% relax here.