Top things to do in Breda

Top Choice French in Breda

Dames Pellens

This cosy wine bar has a superb selection of well-priced, well-chosen wines, but the biggest draw is the food. Any evening you can have salads, coq au vin or the meal of the day. But Thursday to Sunday things turn g…
Top Choice Church in Breda

Grote Kerk

Finished in 1509, the ornate tower-spire of this soaring Gothic church is one of the Netherlands' most beautiful. At 97m it still forms the iconic focus of old Breda and can be climbed on Saturdays (plus summer Thur…
Top Choice Bar in Breda

Beer & Barrels

Unlike many male-dominated beer specialists, this is a big, hip yet family-friendly place with lots of low-lit atmosphere and decent international food. To really get the sense of the place, climb to the top floor w…
Top Choice Dutch in Breda

Den Boerenstamppot

Joyously life-affirming proprietors Fred and Marloes van Weerd have been serving up good old homestyle Dutch dinners here for 45 years. The classic meal is a vast plate of stamppot (potato mashed with veg of the day…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Breda

Café De Beyerd

The Beyerd is a superb, traditional-style beer cafe with more than 120 brews including six of its own. Most popular is the reincarnated Breda classic, Drie Hoefijzers, tasting like a richly over-flavoured midstrengt…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Breda

Hoge Brug Viewpoint

Breda's most photo-perfect view is canal side from beside Hoge Brug.
Music in Breda

Breda Jazz Festival

For four days starting from Ascension Day, the Netherlands' best-established jazz-fest fills well over a dozen outdoor public spaces with over 100 free performances, plus there are many other payable but bargain-val…
Museum in Breda

Stedelijk Museum Breda

Breda's main museum tells the city's remarkable history through paintings and artefacts, but to make sense of it you'll need to request the explanatory booklet and read as much as you peruse. The order can be confus…
Historic Site in Breda


Delightfully calm and pretty, if a little grander than many of the better-known beguinages of Belgium and Holland, these almshouses for unmarried or widowed women (begijnen) were moved to their present location in 1…
Park in Breda


With mature trees and fountains playing in its central pond, this lovely park forms Breda's green heart and is packed with sunworshippers on summer afternoons.