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Top Choice Food Hall in Deventer

Fooddock

For something different, head east to the old harbour or Havenkwartier where an old industrial silo has been transformed into a funky food hall with a dozen-odd food stalls and rustic bench seating around shared woo…
Top Choice Historic Building in Deventer

Museum de Waag

At home in one of the country's oldest weighing houses (1528), this evocative museum in the middle of the Brink explores local history. During Deventer's heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries, merchants and traders …
Top Choice Christmas in Deventer

Dickens Festij

As part of the town's Christmas festivities, locals dress up as Oliver Twist, Scrooge and 900-odd other characters from Charles Dickens novels for two days to celebrate the life and times of the 19th-century English…
Top Choice Church in Deventer

Grote of Lebuïnuskerk

The city's main church is named after the English cleric who founded it in 738; the present Gothic structure dates from the late 15th century. Its many wall paintings, whitewashed by Protestant mobs in 1580, were la…
Bistro in Deventer

Bouwkunde

Chef Pieter van de Pavoordt adds a French accent to local organic ingredients and sommelier Heleen Boom chooses the right wines at this polished eatery below a small theatre. Dishes include exquisitely tender confit…
Bar in Deventer

De Hip

Cafe, bar, cultural centre, concert venue, theatre, exhibition space and hip shop rolled into one, De Hip is Deventer's after-dark hot spot. Its canteen cooks up a daily cheap-eat dish (€12.50); its late-night, alte…
International in Deventer

Jackie's

It might not quite be 'New York cuisine' as its strapline suggests, but the international kitchen at this trendy eatery is top-notch and the alfresco terrace, absolutely sublime. The menu mixes a surprise five-cours…
Performing Arts in Deventer

Deventer op Stelten

On the first weekend of July, Deventer become a massive theatre with 150 performances of all kinds taking over its old-town streets and squares. Theatre companies (some on stilts, hence the name), circus troops and …
Sandwiches in Deventer

Brood van Joop

'Ambachtelijk brood' (artisanal, handmade bread), organic to boot, is the alluring promise of this modern eatery. There's bar seating inside and a twinset of simple benches in front for alfresco munching with perfec…
Brown Cafe in Deventer

De Heks

At least 25 brews are on tap and another 100-odd in bottles at this veteran bierencafé (beer bar) where a jolly mix of students and well-worn regulars rub shoulders at the bar or, in warm weather, on the picturesque…