there's an award winning street
In the heart of the centre of the city, under the watchful eyes of the Oldehove, you’ll find the Kleine Kerkstraat. The street has been an open secret in the city of Leeuwarden for years, but it was given national prominence in 2010 and 2012, when it was named ‘The Loveliest Shopping Street in the Netherlands’. Whether you’ve come to the street for the food, or to shop for design pieces, or just for the atmosphere, the shop-owners will greet you with the same warmth that made the street famous.
What’s in a name? The Kleine Kerkstraat isn’t big, but packs a lot of atmosphere into its short distance. The largest speciality food shop in the city is here, de Zuivelhoeve, where you can taste just about anything before buying. Don’t forget to also visit the delicatessen House of Taste, for an equally gastronomic experience.
For more deliciousness, head to Puur and to Leonidas, both of which produce blissful chocolates. After working up a thirst shopping, get a pick-me-up at Barrevoets, or something stronger at Cafe De Pastorie.
Make sure not to miss Eric Steenbergen, one of the most diverting design shops in Friesland. The cheerfully coloured designs are contagious, and you’re sure to receive a warm welcome.
Now that you’ve seen the Kleine Kerkstraat, we bet you’re wondering if there is a Grote Kerkstraat. There is! You’ll find it around the corner from the Kleine Kerstraat, and it is chock-full of hidden gems and historic monuments.