Top things to do

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Leeuwarden

Blokhuispoort

No single sight evokes the undercurrent of explosive creativity pulsating through the Frisian capital quite like this 19th-century prison-turned-cultural centre. Dozens of entrepreneurial start-ups and young busines…
Top Choice Drinks in Sneek

Weduwe Joustra

No drink is more traditional to seafaring Sneek than beerenburg, a local herb-infused gin originally drunk by sailors to warm their cockles at sea and stave off illness. Since 1864 it has been distilled at Weduwe Jo…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Hindeloopen

Roosje Hindeloopen

A mooch around the workshop and boutique of Hindeloopen's oldest furniture maker is a highlight. Founded in 1894, the family business is run today by Bertus and his two sons, Johan and Titus, who craft exquisite fol…
Top Choice Seafood in Vlieland

Oost

There is no more fashionable Strandpaviljoen (beach pavilion) on the island than the utterly fabulous Oost, a contemporary shoebox hidden between sand dunes and a dreamy swath of fine golden sand. Fish and shellfish…
Top Choice International in Leeuwarden

Proefverlof

Cocktail quaffing does not get cooler than afloat the giant pink inflatable flamingo moored alongside the wooden decking terrace of Proefverlof, the hottest hybrid spot in town for drinking and dining with the A-lis…
Top Choice Museum in Leeuwarden

Keramiek Museum Princessehof

Pottery lovers will adore the Netherlands ceramics museum. Here you'll find the largest collection of tiles on the planet, an unparalleled selection of Delftware and works from around the globe – the Japanese, Chine…
Top Choice Bar in Ameland

Sunset

Not far from Ameland's picture-book lighthouse in Hollum is this sizzling beach club on the sand. Lounge here with islanders in the know over a G&T and cocktail and the finest sunset views on the island. Paired …
Top Choice Dutch in Terschelling

Restaurant ‘t Golfje

Terschelling born-and-bred female chef extraordinaire Helga Stobbe woos gourmets at her small cottage restaurant on the northern fringe of Midsland village with a succession of small courses, featuring local fish, s…
Top Choice Dutch in Leeuwarden

Restaurant By Ús

Organic local foods are celebrated at Michiel and Lilian's candlelit bistro with a funky wood-and-leather-meets-street-art interior. Frisian-inspired dishes highlight a seasonally changing surprise menu – pick how m…
Top Choice International in Terschelling

Pure Vida

This hipster organic food bar hits the sweet spot, whether for a smoothie to kickstart your day (try spinach, ginger, yuzu and almond milk), a cocktail or a full-blown meal. Lunch on lavishly topped toasts, sandwich…