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Top ChoiceInternational in Nijmegen

Fresca

With a pretty terrace overlooking a tree-shaded square and an all-day menu bursting with fresh homemade salads, super-food bowls and imaginative cakes, Fresca attracts a savvy local crowd. Bread is organic with a...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Nijmegen

Demain

Famed far and wide for its expertly shaken craft cocktails, Demain (French for 'tomorrow') is a fantastic spot to begin or end an evening out. It has a buzzing pavement terrace on Nijmegen's oldest shopping...

Top ChoiceDutch in Nijmegen

De Hemel

This youthful bistro, at home in the historic Commanderie van St Jan, cooks up all-day food, including a stylish high tea, shared dinner plates and tempting between-meal snacks to accompany the 12 home-brewed...

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Nijmegen

Honigcomplex

No address reflects the city's youthful zest more than this soup factory-turned-entrepreneurial hub, 1.5km west of Grote Markt by the river. Until 2022 the gargantuan industrial space is open to creatives. Among...

Top ChoiceCultural in Nijmegen

De Vierdaagse

Nijmegen's big event is the annual four-day, 120km- to 200km-long hike, around since 1909. Thousands walk a minimum of 30km a day. Routes vary according to gender and age. Completing the walk is considered a...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Nijmegen

Nationaal Fietsmuseum Velorama

Down by the riverfront is this museum with more than 250 bicycles: everything from 19th-century wooden contraptions and hand-propelled bikes to an entire room devoted to penny farthings, plus more modern...

Square in Nijmegen

Grote Markt

Thankfully, Nijmegen's sweeping market square was among the few parts of the old town to survive WWII. Open-air markets are still held here each week on Saturday and Monday, while ornate Dutch Renaissance De...

Craft Beer in Nijmegen

Brouwerij De Hemel

This tiny craft brewery can do no wrong: its location in the basement of the historic Commanderie van St Jan lends it bags of vintage vibe, and its weekend tastings are informative and accompanied by a brewery...

Museum in Nijmegen

muZIEum

On one of Nijmegen's main shopping streets, ride the escalator up to this unusual museum where visitors can experience what it is like (or as close as, at any rate) to be blind or partially sighted....

Church in Nijmegen

Sint Stevenskerk

From Grote Markt duck beneath the ornate Gothic Kerkboog (1542; Church Arch) – originally with cattle grid and pit beneath to prevent pigs from the market place escaping into the churchyard – to uncover this...

Park in Nijmegen

Valkhofpark

Perched in a commanding position over the Waal River, the Valkhof is a lovely park and the site of a ruined palace begun by Charlemagne in the 8th century and continued by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa from 1155...

Tapas in Nijmegen

De Firma

Given its near-water location on a 16th-century street in the so-called 'lower town', De Firma's appealing beachy vibe is appropriate. Vintage, sea-blue floor tiling and all-white tables and chairs create a...

Cafe in Nijmegen

Down Town

Duck behind the weigh-house on Grote Markt to uncover this hipster coffee shop, at home in a picture-postcard townhouse with pretty olive-green facade and wicker bistro chairs lined up on its lively pavement...

Historic Building in Nijmegen

De Waagh

Built in 1612 in a Dutch Renaissance style, the ornate red-brick weigh house takes pride of place on Grote Markt. It was here that merchants and traders drove in with their wagons to have their wares weighed and...

Bistro in Nijmegen

Flores

One of several restaurants with terraces across the street from Valkofpark, this sophisticated bistro cooks up fresh, seasonal fare such as candied sea bass with asparagus and wild-rice risotto, bream in crayfish...

International in Nijmegen

Café de Plak

A perennially popular collective-run eatery with natural, creatively prepared fare and plenty of vegetarian options. The kaas gehakt (€11.50) is their unique variation on the old meatball with two salads and a...

Brown Cafe in Nijmegen

Café In De Blauwe Hand

Occupying a corner of the Grote Markt is this inviting spot, as evidenced by its motto: 'A frosty mug of rich beer gives you warmth, joy and sweet pleasure.' One of the city's most historic cafes, it derives its...

Performing Arts in Nijmegen

Zomerfeesten

Going strong for the past 50-odd years, this massive summer street party lures 1.5 million party goers who enjoy live music, theatre and other performing arts at dozens of stages all over town. Outdoor markets,...

Live Music in Nijmegen

Doornroosje

In eye-catching digs by the train and bus station, this long-running concert venue stages an eclectic program, from electronica and house to indie rock and world music. Buy tickets in advance online.

Museum in Nijmegen

Museum het Valkhof

Changing temporary exhibitions form a substantial part of this regional history museum, at home in a striking glass shoebox-style building by Valkhof Park. Among the museum's rich collection of first-rate Roman...