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Top Choice European in Hoorn

De Hoofdtoren

A spiralling red-brick staircase leads up to this exquisite restaurant inside Hoorn's historic Hoofdtoren. In a candlelit bare-boards space, it serves high-end fare – truffle risotto; beef steak with polenta, ruccol…
Top Choice Bistro in Hoorn

Lucas Rive

Chef Lucas Rive took just five months to achieve a Michelin star at this chic, contemporary space on Hoorn's lively harbour front. Book ahead for daily changing menus incorporating dishes such as poached duck liver …
Top Choice Museum in Hoorn

Westfries Museum

Housed in the former seat of the Staten-College (States' Council), the body that once governed seven towns in Noord-Holland, this absorbing museum has a rich collection of historical paintings – so rich that it was …
Bistro in Hoorn

Marque

Marque's kitchen is at the cutting edge: foie gras, beetroot, apple and hibiscus terrine; Gillardeau oysters poached in grapefruit juice; coffee and mint risotto, raspberry-marinated lamb with chocolate dust and dor…
Square in Hoorn

Rode Steen

Hoorn's heyday as a shipping centre is long gone, but the imposing statue of Jan Peterszoon Coen, founder of the Dutch East India Company, still watches over the Rode Steen (Red Stone or Fortress), the square named …
Museum in Hoorn

Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw

In the vast former prison on Oostereiland, south of the Hoofdtoren, this entertaining museum is devoted to household goods and modern inventions. Among the eye-openers are a 1964 Philips mainframe computer – a clunk…
Mediterranean in Hoorn

Oude Waegh

On the main square in the splendid Waag building, this local gathering place has a heated terrace strung with fairy lights and a bustling dining room where you can dine on lunchtime dishes like steak sandwiches, fis…
Seafood in Hoorn

Wormsbecher

Turquoise tiles front this classic fresh-fish takeaway outlet on the harbour, selling locally loved smoked eel, raw herring, Zuiderzee cockles and bargain-priced seafood salads. There are plenty of picnic spots alon…
Historic Building in Hoorn

Hoofdtoren

Overshadowing surrounding historic buildings, the massive defensive gate Hoofdtoren (1532), topped by a tiny belfry, now houses an atmospheric restaurant.
Market in Hoorn

Hoorn Markt

Hoorn's weekly open-air market unfurls along Breed and surrounding streets every Saturday.