Best restaurants in Leeuwarden

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    Restaurant Wannee

    Dining doesn’t get more grassroots Frisian than at this contemporary restaurant run by students from the local hotel-management school. Begin with a fantastic Frisian Mojito (aka Flying Dutchman rum and local Beerenburg – a herb-infused jenever), followed by an exceptional-value feast featuring bags of local produce. Extra kudos for the miniature veg patch in the restaurant's middle and tasty pre-dinner succession of inventive amuse-bouches.

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    Proefverlof

    Cocktail quaffing does not get cooler than afloat the giant pink inflatable flamingo moored alongside the wooden decking terrace of Proefverlof, the hottest hybrid spot in town for drinking and dining with the A-lister crowd. The menu boasts everything from Frisian wild goose, pea risotto and oysters to crispy fried octopus, steaks, meal-sized salads and tempting finger foods.

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    Grand Café

    Aptly named, this contemporary eatery is grand in every sense. Its building, a red-brick post office from 1903, is glorious inside and out. Dining covers everything from an 'anti-hangover' breakfast fry-up to afternoon tea with Fryske sûkerbôle (Frisian sugar loaf), gourmet jenever (gin) pairings and seafood platters to share. Watch for cocktail soirées with live music and lazy Sunday tunes.

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    Restaurant By Ús

    Organic local foods are celebrated at Michiel and Lilian's candlelit bistro with a funky wood-and-leather-meets-street-art interior. Frisian-inspired dishes stand out on a seasonally changing surprise menu – pick how many courses you desire, state if you're vegetarian and leave the rest up to the chef. There's an excellent wine list, and faux furs and a wood-burning stove add winter warmth.

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    Stek

    With a wooden decking terrace right above the water, views of canal action – yachts sailing past beneath the neighbouring bridge that rises to let them through – are impossibly romantic at this fashionable cafe, inside the old bridge guardhouse. A health-driven menu featuring fruit bowls, detox juices and smoothies, wraps, creative salads and burgers only adds to the enchanting ensemble.

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    Sems

    With its summertime terrace on a pretty square and tasty tapas-style menu of kleine gerechten (small portions), Sems is a lovely spot to lounge. Inside, walnut-wood tables grace the more formal restaurant and there's a wine bar for pre-dinner drinks. 'Tapas' embraces everything from ribs, scallops and beef steaks to fish 'n chips and truffle-laced gnocchi with hazelnuts and ricotta.

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    Eindeloos

    Chef Willem Schaafsma is one of Friesland's most exciting young culinary talents, working with local organic produce to create a sensationally modern Dutch cuisine firmly rooted in the seasons. Dining here is a surprise: pick from a three- to eight-course menu and be prepared to be wooed with a succession of complimentary amuses (amuse-bouches) before the main action starts.

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    Double B

    Exceptional burgers are the drawcard at this casual eatery in a rambling old townhouse with a maze of chandelier-lit rooms, sweeping staircase and out-back terrace garden. The menu allows you to pick your own bread type, burger (beef, fish, chicken, vegan, wagyu), toppings (crab salad, fried egg, fiery jalapeño peppers), sides and sauces to create your very own bespoke burger.

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    Broodje Bewust

    Join cent-smart locals at this student-busy sandwich shop for a light lunch overlooking the canal. Everything is organic, and the vast sandwich menu has lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well as creative fish, meat, cheese and egg choices. Salads, savoury tarts, burgers and quiches too.

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    Eetcafe Spinoza

    This often boisterous locale offers various settings for a hearty meal, from the tree-shaded tables out front to the wood-lined interior to the garden at the rear. The menu features regional specialities and vegetarian options.