48 hours in Leeuwarden
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?
12:00 PM - lunch
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!
Day 2 - go!
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.