Top things to do in Leiden

Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Museum Volkenkunde

Cultural achievements by civilisations worldwide are on show at this splendid museum, which has a collection of more than 300,000 artefacts from across the globe. Permanent galleries are dedicated to the cultures of…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Home to the Rijksmuseum's collection of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian artefacts, this museum is best known for its Egyptian halls, which include the reconstructed Temple of Taffeh, a gift from Anwar Sadat to t…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Named in honour of physician, botanist, chemist and University of Leiden teacher Herman Boerhaave (1668–1738), this impressive museum of science and medicine has exhibits profiling major discoveries in science in th…
Top Choice Cafe in Leiden

Borgman & Borman

The Giesen roaster in the window signals that this hip cafe is serious about its coffee, and once you've ordered you'll find that the baristas deliver on this promise. There's also a small menu of breakfast dishes, …
Top Choice European in Leiden

In den Doofpot

Given the sky-high calibre of chef Patrick Brugman's food, In den Doofpot's prices are a veritable steal. This is extremely assured and creative cooking, as good to look at as it is to eat. Vegetarian menus are avai…
Museum in Leiden

Museum De Lakenhal

Leiden's foremost museum, the Lakenhal, displaying works by native son Rembrandt among others, has closed its doors between 2016 and 2019 while it undergoes a major renovation and expansion. Check online or with the…
Bar in Leiden

Waag

Leiden's historic waag (weigh station) is now home to one of the town's most popular eating and drinking spots, a bustling place attracting locals of every age. In the morning, canal-side tables and the rear conserv…
Gardens in Leiden

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

Founded by the University of Leiden in 1590, this is one of Europe's oldest botanical gardens (the oldest was created in Padua, Italy, in 1545). The majority of its botanical collections have come from South-East an…
Cultural in Leiden

Leidens Ontzet

Leiden grinds to a halt for Leidens Ontzet, commemorating the day the Spanish-caused starvation ended in 1574. The revelry is undiminished more than four centuries later, and there is much eating of the ceremonial h…
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…