Top things to do in Gouda

Top Choice Church in Gouda

Sint Janskerk

Impressive for both its size and its magnificent stained-glass windows, Sint Janskerk had chequered beginnings: previous incarnations of the building burned down with ungodly regularity every 100 years or so from 13…
Museum in Gouda

Museum Gouda

Housed in a medieval hospital building, the town's major museum has a collection of artefacts and artworks related to Gouda and surrounding areas. There's plenty of Gouds plateel (glazed earthenware pottery), a coll…
Ice Cream in Gouda

David's Gelato

The young entrepreneur who owns this ice-cream parlour was the subject of Mirjam Van Veelen's 2017 documentary Chill: The Road to David's Gelato, the story of his Mediterranean pilgrimage to learn all about running …
Dutch in Gouda


This classic bruin café has a wooden floor and bar whose worn patina pay testament to decades of drinking action. Outside, there are tables under the eaves of the old fish market. The bar menu offers dishes inspired…
Cafe in Gouda

Brownies & Downies

The Gouda branch of this national franchise is friendly, comfortable and well located – a winning combination. The policy of employing workers with disabilities is laudable, and the brownies are pretty good, too.
Bistro in Gouda


Regional produce is utilised well here, ensuring that the modern French and Italian dishes devised by the chef are always fresh and tasty. In summer, dine along the canal in the old colonnaded fish market.
Food in Gouda

't Kaaswinkeltje

The most alluring (and aromatic) of Gouda's many cheese shops, this place next to the canal is full of tasty unpasturised farmer's cheese from local producers.
Drinks in Gouda

Slijterij Speciaal Bierwinkel Den Gouwen Aar

More than 900 types of beer, spirits and wines are displayed on wooden shelves at this canal-house speciality shop.
Cafe in Gouda


There are very few decent lunch options in Gouda, which is why we've listed this small cafe in one of the town's main shopping precincts. Veggie choices dominate the menu, and though some feature unorthodox and not …
Historic Building in Gouda

Town Hall

Commanding attention in the middle of the Markt is this mid-15th-century town hall. Constructed from sandstone, this regal Gothic structure is a testament to the wealth Gouda enjoyed from the cloth trade when it was…