Top things to do in Leeuwarden

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Leeuwarden

Blokhuispoort

No single sight evokes the undercurrent of explosive creativity pulsating through the Frisian capital quite like this 19th-century prison-turned-cultural centre. Dozens of entrepreneurial start-ups and young busines…
Top Choice International in Leeuwarden

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-lis…
Top Choice Museum in Leeuwarden

Keramiek Museum Princessehof

Pottery lovers will adore the Netherlands ceramics museum. Here you'll find the largest collection of tiles on the planet, an unparalleled selection of Delftware and works from around the globe – the Japanese, Chine…
Top Choice Dutch in Leeuwarden

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 ho…
Museum in Leeuwarden

Fries Museum

The provincial museum occupies an imposing glass-fronted building sporting a striking wood-and-steel roof that projects out over Wilhelminaplein. The three levels are divided into a series of galleries. A good place…
Dutch in Leeuwarden

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 Beeren…
International in Leeuwarden

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 aftern…
Cafe in Leeuwarden

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, ins…
Landmark in Leeuwarden

Oldehove

At the northwest corner of the historic core stands the notoriously off-kilter Oldehove – Friesland's rival to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Things went wrong shortly after the tower was started in 1529 and it never re…
Books in Leeuwarden

Afûk

For an excellent selection of books about Friesland, including a couple of translations of Frisian poets and novelists, duck into this Frisian bookshop and cultural centre.