Chris Ciolli's Utrecht
Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
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...
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...
Oudegracht 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...
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...
Janskerkhof 10, 3512 BL Utrecht, Netherlands
Saturdays in Utrecht, stroll through rows and rows of potted plants and brightly colored blooms in Janskerkhof plaza, and then make your way to Oude Gracht (the old canal) and shop for a bouquet to brighten up your apartment or hotel room. Big...
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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