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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 Museum in Groningen

Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum

This engaging tour of the lives of seamen and the ships they sailed unfolds through the set of buildings that once comprised a 16th-century distillery. Going through the labyrinth of 18 rooms is a navigational feat …
Top Choice Bar in Groningen

De Pintelier

Step back to the 1920s at this cosy 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 the court…
Top Choice Fusion in Groningen

Muller

You could watch the artistry of chef Jean-Michel Hengge from the street. But why just be a voyeur? Menus change regularly, with lobster, scallops and lamb taking prominent roles. Hengge picks the vegetables from his…
Church in Groningen

Martinikerk

This huge 16th-century church commands the northeast corner of the Grote Markt. By any standard, the 96m-tall Martinitoren strikes a finely balanced profile. A climb to the summit (251 steps!) yields grand views and…
Dutch in Groningen

Eeterie de Globe

Such a deal: soup or appetizer plus a hearty plate of veggies, fish or meat with sides for under 10 euros. No wonder the large, bright dining hall is much patronised by students and other euro-pinchers. The menu cha…
Synagogue in Groningen

Synagogue

Groningen's synagogue is one of the few working synagogues left in the country. Sporting Moorish adornments, the century-old structure now houses a school and a temporary exhibition space; its beautifully restored w…
Cheese in Groningen

Kaashandel van der Ley

The best cheese from the Netherlands and around the world is sold here. Look for local organic varieties and some of the rare aged numbers that the Dutch never export. There are also deli items and a large array of …
Brown Cafe in Groningen

Cafe Wolthoorn

A highly atmospheric brown cafe with stained class, red leather upholstery, brass taps and rather perverse art. It's been going since 1923 and the bow-tied tenders can tell you lots of stories about it. In 2008, it …
Dutch in Groningen

Stadtlander

Last of a line of boisterous terrace cafes, this one is especially gezellig (cosy), with a well-demarcated dining area. Go for the weekly and monthly specials – cheap and served up quick. The kitchen's open till 10p…