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Top Choice Bar in Groningen

Mr Mofongo

Drinking spaces don't get cooler than Mr Mofongo. Think student-hip cafe with buzzing pavement terrace on the ground floor, and cocktail bar with sensational 'wall' of 56 homemade spirits tapped by a robotic arm, cr…
Top Choice Square in Groningen

Nieuwe Markt

This dynamic city's most ambitious redevelopment project to date, the gleaming 'New Market' square is slated to become an A-lister hub for al fresco lounging when it finally takes shape in 2019. Its eastern side wil…
Top Choice Museum in Groningen

Groninger Museum

Those arriving by train can't help but notice the Groninger Museum. Occupying three islands in the ring canal in front of the station, the museum is, at the very least, a striking structure that will draw an opinion…
Top Choice Dutch in Hoogeland

't Zielhoes

Lap up local vibe, unchanged for centuries, at this former sluice-guard house at the foot of the sea dyke. The local waddentaart (a feisty fruit-and-rum pastry), famed far and wide, alone is well worth the trip. Oth…
Top Choice Bistro in Groningen

Bistro Vive La Vie

Among Groningen's most sophisticated dining choices is this smart little bistro with sharp black facade and old-world beamed ceiling. Chef Jeroen Sportel works with local seasonal products to create his inventive ta…
Top Choice Bar in Groningen

Het Concerthuis

The fashionable go-to address at any time, the Concert House is a hybrid cafe, bar, and DJ and live-music space with pavement terrace overlooking one of the city's busiest people-watching squares. Saggy vintage sofa…
Top Choice Cafe in Groningen

Café de Sigaar

With traditional, plum-painted facade overlooking the Hoge der A canal, this stylish cafe is the last word in canal-side chic. Its summertime terrace – one of the few to be truly on the water's edge – gets packed wh…
Top Choice Dutch in Groningen

Roezemoes

A timeless address since 1996 for traditional Dutch cuisine, this brown cafe cooks up heart-warming stamppotten (stews) comprising homemade meatballs, smoked sausage or vegetarian 'meat' ball alongside other ingredi…
Top Choice Concept Store in Groningen

Holtbar

With its organic coffee bar, homemade cakes and impeccable choice of Dutch brands, this small concept store is worth lingering in. Among its designer homewares, jewellery and stationery, look for plant-filled lamps …
Top Choice Bar in Groningen

De Pintelier

Step back to the 1920s at this cosy Belgian bar where the selection of beer and jenever (Dutch gin) reads like an encyclopaedia. Its long wooden bar and thicket of candle-lit tables are timeless. Catch a breeze in t…