Autumn in Leeuwarden

Autumn fun!

Slowly but surely, a fresh wind is blowing and the streets of the city are becoming darker again. Time to find the warmth! In Leeuwarden you will discover heartwarming events and special exhibitions this autumn. Wander through the historic downtown, where you'll stumble upon hidden gems and local boutiques. Here you can find that lovely winter coat and everything you need to make it cosy at home again. Heated terraces, brown cafés and the best places to hide from a downpour: we have listed all the autumn hotspots for you.

Warm terraces - Year-Round

Frysk Suikerbrood (Frisian Sugar bread) Liqueur, and Boomsma Beerenburg (bitter) or Grutte Pier Beer. You can taste the Frisian culture all year round. Take a seat under a garland of twinkling lights, by a crackling fire and pull a warm blanket over your knees; we also like to sit out on the terrace in autumn. Whether you order mulled wine or a summery rosé, it is still fun. Where do you warm up?

November Festival month XL - October - December

Is autumn cold and uninviting? Not in Leeuwarden! Where November used to be the festival month, we're just taking the entire autumn with this edition: November Festival Month XL. Because we've got something to do. From October to December 2021, we will be warming up together with good music, moving films, high-profile theatre and impressive (light) art.

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Museums - Take shelter

The best place to get through a drizzly autumn afternoon? How about a museum! This autumn you will find the most talked-about exhibitions in Leeuwarden. This autumn, admire top pieces of art from the National Portrait Gallery in London during the Icons exhibition in the Fries Museum. In the Princessehof you can discover everything about the special country of Korea as of 16 October.

  • Fries Museum

  • Princessehof

    Keramiekmuseum Princessehof
  • Fries Landbouwmuseum

    Fries Landbouwmuseum
  • Obe

  • Museumhuis van Eysinga

  • All museums

Indoor shopping - Rain or shine

Shopping areas - What is where?

Do you like shopping at large fashion shops and hip pop-up stores, or do you prefer looking for hidden gems and unique gadgets in cute boutiques? You will find them all throughout the historic centre of the city!

Kleine kerkstraat

The smallest street with the greatest reputation: the Kleine Kerkstraat. It has been voted ‘Nicest Shopping Street in the Netherlands’ several times. Whether you come for the delicacies, the design or the fun, the people always give you a warm welcome.

Meer over Kleine kerkstraat

't Naauw-, de Kelders & de Sint Jacobsstraat

Are you looking for the nicest boutiques in Leeuwarden, the hidden gems of the city centre? Then we recommend these streets. There are super nice shops on the Naauw, thee Kelders and on the Sint Jacobsstraat…you just have to discover them for yourself!

Meer over 't Naauw-, de Kelders & de Sint Jacobsstraat

Ruiterskwartier & Zaailand

Are you coming from the station? There is a good chance that your day in Leeuwarden will start at Zaailand. Don't miss the deli’s and boutiques here. And on a drizzly day? Then you can visit the Fries Museum or the indoor shopping centre.

Meer over Ruiterskwartier & Zaailand

De Nieuwestad & Wirdumerdijk

Here you will find the major fashion shops. Are you looking for the perfect birthday outfit, that one pair of jeans, a nice warm jacket or are you shopping purely for relaxation purposes? Here you are guaranteed to succeed!

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On this cosy street, you will find everything you need…and more. In addition to the bakery, butcher, cheesemonger and food shop, you will find an Irish pub, second-hand clothing stores, a beautiful shoe store and an inspiring gift shop.

Meer over Oosterstraat

De Voorstreek

If you're looking for something special, you've come to the right place! From famous record stores to a unique skate shop and the largest hobby store in the Northern Netherlands, you will find it on the Voorstreek.

Meer over De Voorstreek

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