8x culinary hotspots
With a wide variety of restaurants, choosing where to eat in Leeuwarden is a mouth-watering decision. To make your choice easier, we have rounded up eight top restaurants, where the food is always excellent, including top-class Italian cuisine, somewhere where the wine determines the food, and the best Korean about.
Korean cuisine is booming; and is one of the healthiest in the world. It’s flag-bearer is kimchi, which is exemplary at Seoulmates, which brings the tastes of the Korean capital to Leeuwarden. The restaurant is homely, with a welcoming atmosphere, the staff are as genuinely lovely as they come, and the food is always fresh! Grab your soul mate, and get them to Seoulmates (and thank us later).
A cosy bistro and wine bar, Sjoddy is located on the Druifstreek in the centre of Leeuwarden. Taking inspiration from Italy, Spain, and Burgundy, it is an excellent place to wile away several hours. In addition to its focuses on eating, drinking, tasting and experiencing food, the staff at Sjoddy put a high priority on conviviality and hospitality.
Showcasing Umbrian cuisine (the central region that borders Tuscany), Mimma is an authentic experience, with tasty, pure and healthy food. The dishes are simple in terms of numbers of ingredients, but are heavy-hitters in terms of flavour. Truffle is a mainstay of Umbrian cuisine, so look out for any dishes that showcase its woody, pungent flavour.
Proefverlof makes the Blokhuispoort the first prison that you won’t be in a hurry to leave. The exquisite dishes are as aesthetically beautiful as they are tasty. Proefverlof’s winning combination of food and hospitality has meant that it has achieved an honourable mention in the Michelin Guide.
A mainstay of fine dining in the city, sems is the perfect place for a long evening of feasting. The extremely hospitable staff provide an unforgettable experience, with course after course of classic Dutch dishes. Every server is very knowledgeable about wine pairings, and is happy to talk through their suggestions, for a full gastronomic experience.
Leaving with a full stomach and a sunnier outlook on life is a part of the Yucatan experience. A cosy restaurant on the Sint Jacobstraat, Yucatan specialises in Mexican and TexMex delicacies. Think quesadillas, tacos, nachos; burritos, chilaquiles and micheladas. Saludos!
Fellini is all about celebrating ‘la dolce vita’ (the sweet life). A bistro that is fluent in Italian, and as charming as a nonna, Fellini serves everything from Italian main dishes, through to Italy-inspired borrelhapjes, making it the perfect aperitivo destination. Eat, drink, and enjoy!
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Calling your pizzeria ‘the Mayor of Naples’ sets a high bar, which is easily surpassed by this restaurant set in a beautiful location in the centre of Leeuwarden. The Neopolitan pizzas are prepared with only fresh, seasonal ingredients- before being baked in a traditional wood-fired and stone oven. What could be better than that?