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Top Choice Brewery in Haarlem

Jopenkerk

Haarlem's most atmospheric place to drink is this independent brewery inside a stained-glass-windowed 1910 church. Enjoy brews such as citrusy Hopen, fruity Lente Bier and chocolatey Koyt along with Dutch bar snacks…
Top Choice Museum in Haarlem

Frans Hals Museum

A short stroll south of the Grote Markt, the Frans Hals Museum is a must for anyone interested in the Dutch Masters. Located in the poorhouse where Hals spent his final years, the collection focuses on the 17th-cent…
Top Choice Church in Haarlem

Grote Kerk van St Bavo

Topped by a towering 50m-high steeple, the Gothic Grote Kerk van St Bavo contains some fine Renaissance artworks, but the star attraction is its stunning Müller organ – one of the most magnificent in the world, stan…
Top Choice International in Haarlem

Restaurant Mr & Mrs

Unexpectedly gastronomic cooking at this tiny restaurant is artfully conceived and presented. Small hot and cold plates designed for sharing might include steak tartar with black truffles, baby octopus with mango an…
Top Choice Market in Haarlem

Grote Markt

Haarlem is at its liveliest during its regular Monday and, especially, Saturday market, when its namesake square fills with stalls selling fresh produce, cheese, preserves, spices, nuts and ready-to-eat Dutch and in…
Top Choice Modern European in Haarlem

Brick

You can watch Brick's chefs creating risotto, steaks and gourmet burgers – not only from the street-level dining room but also from the 1st-floor space, which has a glass floor directly above the open kitchen. There…
Gallery in Haarlem

De Hallen

Haarlem’s modern and contemporary art museum resides within two historic ‘halls’: the 17th-century Dutch Renaissance Vleeshal, a former meat market and the sole place that meat was allowed to be sold in Haarlem from…
Historic Building in Haarlem

Corrie ten Boom House

Also known as 'the hiding place', the Corrie ten Boom House is named for the matriarch of a family that lived in the house during WWII. Using a secret compartment in her bedroom, she hid hundreds of Jews and Dutch r…
Museum in Haarlem

Teylers Museum

Dating from 1778, Teylers is the country's oldest continuously operating museum. Its array of whiz-bang inventions includes an 18th-century electrostatic machine that conjures up visions of mad scientists. The eclec…
Cemetery in Haarlem

Erebegraafplaats Bloemendaal

Inside the park, the WWII cemetery Erebegraafplaats Bloemendaal, 5km west of Haarlem, is the resting place of 372 members of the Dutch resistance. Its walled compound in the dunes is isolated from the rest of the pa…