Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Haarlem

Frans Hals Museum

A short stroll south of 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-century …
Top Choice Church in Haarlem

Grote Kerk van St Bavo

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


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 or chocolatey Koyt along with classic Dutch ba…
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 tartare with black truffles, baby octopus with mango a…
Top Choice Modern European in Haarlem


You can watch Brick's chefs creating inspired dishes such as duck and hazelnut ravioli with black truffle and foie-gras sauce, not only from the street-level dining room but also the first-floor space, which has a g…
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…
Fast Food in Haarlem

De Haerlemsche Vlaamse

Line up at this local institution for a cone of crispy, golden fries made from fresh potatoes and one of a dozen sauces, including three kinds of mayonnaise.
Live Music in Haarlem

Café Stiels

Bands play jazz and rhythm and blues on the back stage almost every night of the week from 10pm onward to as late as 4am on weekends.
Live Music in Haarlem


Haarlem's top music and dance club attracts bands with banging tunes. Events in this cavernous venue usually start around 9pm.
Brown Cafe in Haarlem

Proeflokaal in den Uiver

One of many atmospheric places overlooking the Grote Markt, this nautical-themed place has shipping knick-knacks and a schooner sailing right over the bar. Live jazz often plays; check the online agenda for dates.