Leiden restaurants

Top Choice European in Leiden

In den Doofpot

Given the sky-high calibre of chef Patrick Brugman's food, advance reservations here are essential. This is extremely assured and creative cooking, with monthly changing menus featuring dishes such as smoked tzatzik…
International in Leiden

Lot en de Walvis

The name translates as 'little things mean a lot', but it's not the little things that make this cafe in the handsome 1889 De Volharding warehouse a Leiden hotspot – rather, it's the sun-drenched terrace at the wate…
European in Leiden

Brasserie de Engelenbak

In the shadow of the 17th-century Marekerk, this elegant brasserie's menu changes seasonally, and might feature smoked duck with stout sauce or baked halibut with chorizo. Tables outside enjoy views of the passing c…
European in Leiden

De Klok

A large klok (clock) and jaunty black-and-white awning signal this restaurant's presence on one of the town's major foodie strips. The menu is resolutely European, drawing on the cuisines of countries including Belg…
Crêpes in Leiden

Oudt Leyden

The giant Dutch-style pancakes here widen the eyes of kids and adults alike. Whether you're after something savoury (marinated salmon, sour cream and capers), sweet (apple, ginger and powdered sugar) or simply adven…
Seafood in Leiden

Vishandel Atlantic

Two Turkish brothers opened this fish stand in 1989 and their attention to quality has propelled them to the Netherlands' top ranks of seafood vendors. Their raw herring rates 10 out of 10 in contests where 5.5 is c…
European in Leiden


A small menu of dishes making the most of local seasonal produce draws locals and food-focused visitors to this restaurant in the shadow of the Pieterskerk. The restaurant has its own greenhouse where fruit and vege…
Fast Food in Leiden

Dapp Frietwinkel

If you're going to indulge in a paper twist of French fries, it's best to opt for ones like those served at this branch of a national chain, which are made with organic potato and topped with rich organic mayonnaise…
French in Leiden

Bistro Bord'o

Specialising in French favourites such as oysters, steak tartare and lobster, this small restaurant is made exceptional by its wine list, which is strong on quality drops from France and Italy.