Breda's top attraction is its cafe life. On a sunny day it seems the entire population is sitting on drinking terraces on canal-facing Haven, on Havermarkt with its church-tower view or on central Grote Markt. For cheap beer and late-night music bars look along Visserstraat.

Beer Specialist Bars

Breda Bierstad (www.facebook.com/bredabierstad) celebrates 17 of the city's beer specialist bars, a dozen of them handily central. One is a celebrated microbrewery with beer-paired dining and a superb wine bar right next door.