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As the name implies, this bustling 1902 cafe is right in the heart of town in the busy Voorstraat shopping strip. Huge windows on three sides let in light.
This former pumping station of the historic water tower housing hotel Villa Augustus sits across the complex's rambling market garden and orchard, which supplies ingredients for its menus...
This astonishing 20,000-sq-metre ark was hand-built to biblical measurements (30m wide, 23m high, 135m long) by Johan Huibers, following his 1992 dream of the ocean flooding the Netherlands...
Rents bikes at virtually all hours.
Away from the old town, the flashy Dordrechts Museum has works by local artists. Most noteworthy are pieces by Jan van Goyen (1596–1656) and Albert Cuyp (1620–91)...
Learn about the local firewater jenever (Dutch gin) on a 90-minute tasting at this family-run distillery, in operation since 1872. Better yet, book in for a three-hour workshop to learn how to make it yourself...
It was in this evocative courtyard that the states of Holland and Zeeland met in 1572 to declare independence from Spain.
The Waterbus is a fast ferry service linking Dordrecht with Rotterdam via Kinderdijk and is an enjoyable alternative to the train. The boat leaves from Merwekade every 30 minutes and takes one hour to Rotterdam.
Kids (and adults) love this place inside a vintage building with atmospheric time-worn wooden booths. Thin, cartwheel-size pancakes are filled with dozens of choices of ingredients from savoury to sweet.
An old church with a facade dating from 1773.
Gaze out on the canal or, in summer, dine on a floating platform at this superb fish restaurant. The menus (no à la carte) change daily; the six-course option at dinner is a culinary tour de force.
Seafood restaurant De Stroper runs boat tours along the town's picturesque waterways.
This inviting bare-brick, bare-boards restaurant is where Dordrecht's chefs dine on their nights off (it's one of the few places in town to open on Mondays)...
French classics such as escargots bourguignon (snails in red wine), foie gras and truffle mousse, veal entrecôte with forest-mushroom sauce, and sole meunière (pan-fried and served with brown butter, lemon and parsl...
This bridge over the Wijnhaven canal gives fine views of the dignified town hall, which is built over the canal.
Fantastic organic bakery where the owner is as sweet as her delectable cookies and cupcakes.
A gem of a little lunchroom run by namesake sisters where all the dishes are vegie and most of the produce is local and organic. Try a tasty baguette with a pot of fine tea or kick back with a fairtrade coffee...
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