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Dominicanerplein 1, 6211 CP Maastricht, Netherlands
Selexyz Dominican is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. The former Dominican church houses a wide range of Dutch books and magazines, as well as foreign language and second hand books. There is also a cafe in the back where you can...
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Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, 6211 CZ Maastricht, Netherlands
This cafe used to be an altar, while the establishment currently housing this bookstore was previously a church. Sit down and grab an espresso shot, and let it all sink in.
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Ganzenmarkt, Utrecht, Netherlands
Admire unusual light-based artwork around Utrecht on the nightly Trajectum Lumen route. Stumble around Utrecht's walkable center after dark on your own (you can download a map of the route for free), or hire a guide for extra commentary if you...
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Nachtegaalstraat 29-B, 3581 AB Utrecht, Netherlands
If you're hungry in Utrecht and want to have a somehow special meal than Café Eigen Schuld might be the place for you. Great cuisine and a great choice of vegetarian dishes. I personally recommend this spinach tart with chips and salad. Eet...
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Hoogt 6, 3512 GW Utrecht, Netherlands
Gleaming jars and metal cans full of traditional Dutch sweets line floor-to-ceiling shelves in the Betje Boerhave Grocery Museum. Enthusiastic volunteers will even gift wrap your butter cookies and licorice if you fib and tell them it's a present...
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Twijnstraat 67, 3511 ZJ Utrecht, Netherlands
There's more to Dutch cheese than edam and gouda. Besides endless variations on these two, including raw milk versions, there are also lesser known Dutch cheeses to try, as well as imports from all over Europe. You can also buy tools for cooking...
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Donkere Gaard 8, 3511 KW Utrecht, Netherlands
Warm or cold in the Netherlands, Utrecht's Cafe Orloff is cozy and breezy at the same time. In warmer weather, sit outside along canals and cobblestones streets with friends enjoy a beer and bitterballen combo. When temperatures dip, sit inside...
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Burgemeester Reigerstraat 25, 3581 KK Utrecht, Netherlands
If you're a bread person you shouldn't miss the tasty bread they have at Hooi. It's also nice to work there on the well known Dutch rainy days or outside when the weather is nice.
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Oudegracht aan de Werf 112, 3511 AW Utrecht, Netherlands
Dutch pancakes are about as typical as it gets in Holland. At De Oude Muntkelder Pannenkoekenrestaurant you can order them savory, or sweet, traditional, international and made-to-order (whole wheat is available). For children, there are even...
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Oudegracht aan de Werf 159, 3511 AL Utrecht, Netherlands
Savor Dutch and international dishes expertly paired with wines from around the world at this cozy restaurant in a medieval wharf cellar. The home-made fries are excellent, as are meat and fish main courses, and the warm chocolate cake with fruit...
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Domplein 21, 3512 JC Utrecht, Netherlands
Utrecht, NL is where I gained confidence to buy a bike in the city back home. I've never explored a city on a bike before, my view of exploration has changed. I felt like I blended in with the locals. It's so easy especially in a country that...
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Twijnstraat, Utrecht, Netherlands
De Twijnstraat is my favorite street in Utrecht, full of small boutiques and Dutch specialty shops. A visit to Holland is not complete without Dutch cheese, and the best cheese of Utrecht is found at the Kazerij. If you thought all there was to...
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Achter Clarenburg 6A, 3511 JJ Utrecht, Netherlands
Only in Holland will you find a restaurant in a church! It’s plain exterior belies the gem that lays inside, as this was one of Utrecht’s “hidden churches.” It dates back to the 16th century when Catholic churches were forbidden and hence hidden...