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Top Choice European in Leiden

In den Doofpot

Given the sky-high calibre of chef Patrick Brugman's cooking, In den Doofpot's prices are a veritable steal. Pork belly with smoked eel; grilled lobster with truffle butter and micro-herb salad; organic Dutch beef f…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde

Cultural achievements by civilisations worldwide are on show at the Museum Volkenkunde. More than 200,000 artefacts span Asia, South America and Africa. There's a rich Indonesian collection; watch for performances b…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

This museum has a world-class collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts, the pride of which is the extraordinary Temple of Taffeh, a gift from former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to the Netherlands for hel…
Top Choice Gardens in Leiden

Hortus Botanicus Leiden

The lush Hortus Botanicus is one of Europe's oldest botanical gardens (1590; the oldest was created in Padua, Italy, in 1545). It's a wonderful place to relax, with explosions of tropical colour and a fascinating (a…
Church in Leiden


Crowned by its huge steeple, Pieterskerk is often under restoration – a good thing, as it has been prone to collapse since it was built in the 14th century.
Museum in Leiden

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum is a fascinating restoration of a one-room house occupied around 1610 by the soon-to-be Pilgrims. The house itself dates from 1375 (check out the original 14th-century floor tiles)…
Museum in Leiden

Museum Boerhaave

Leiden University was an early centre for Dutch medical research, and this museum displays the often grisly results (five centuries of surgical tools, skeletons and pickled organs), plus you can have a gander at the…
Crêpes in Leiden

Oudt Leyden

The giant Dutch-style pancakes here make kids and adults alike go wide-eyed. Whether you're after something savoury (marinated salmon, sour cream and capers), sweet (apple, raisins, almond paste, sugar and cinnamon)…
International in Leiden

Lot en de Walvis

Lot's sun-drenched terrace sits at the water's edge, but the reason it's a Leiden hot spot is the outstanding food, from breakfast (French toast with cinnamon sugar; eggs Benedict on sourdough) to lunch (Thai yellow…
Dutch in Leiden

Brasserie de Engelenbak

In the shadow of the 17th-century octagonal Marekerk, this elegant bistro serves a seasonally changing menu of fresh fare that takes its cues from across the continent. Local organic produce features in many of the …