Restaurants

Top Choice Dutch in Hoogeland

't Zielhoes

Lap up local vibe, unchanged for centuries, at this former sluice-guard house at the foot of the sea dyke. The local waddentaart (a feisty fruit-and-rum pastry), famed far and wide, alone is well worth the trip. Oth…
Top Choice Bistro in Groningen

Bistro Vive La Vie

Among Groningen's most sophisticated dining choices is this smart little bistro with sharp black facade and old-world beamed ceiling. Chef Jeroen Sportel works with local seasonal products to create his inventive ta…
Top Choice Dutch in Groningen

Roezemoes

A timeless address since 1996 for traditional Dutch cuisine, this brown cafe cooks up heart-warming stamppotten (stews) comprising homemade meatballs, smoked sausage or vegetarian 'meat' ball alongside other ingredi…
International in Groningen

Wadapartja

Wadapartja means 'How very special!' in Groningen – perfectly apt given the funky spirit of this zany curiosity shop-cafe with sun-drenched pavement terrace (in summer customers can sit with their feet in a paddling…
Italian in Groningen

Gustatio

Creative fresh pasta dishes are the order of the day at this appealing trattoria with vivacious Roman-in-Groningen Valerio Pizzonia running the show. Be it salmon lasagne, blacker-than-coal squid ink gnocchi with pe…
Bistro in Groningen

Bistro 't Gerecht

Modern European fare is cooked up at this stylish bistro on one of Groningen's buzziest streets. Savour creative combos such as mackerel with radish, monkfish in a leek and white-wine sauce or beer tartare spiced wi…
Tapas in Assen

Villa Tapas

With a sun-drenched pavement terrace overlooking the canal and a fixed-price, eat-as-much-as-you-can tapas deal, this contemporary eat/drink hybrid can do little wrong. Inside, designer chairs lounge beneath a dazzl…
Dutch in Groningen

Eeterie de Globe

Such a deal: soup or appetizer plus a hearty plate of veggies, fish or meat with sides for under €10. No wonder the large, bright dining hall is much patronised by students and other euro-pinchers. The menu changes …
Cafe in Groningen

Huis de Beurs

From its busy corner of the Vismarkt, sidewalk tables give a prime vantage for the inevitable speeding cyclist–dawdling shopper catastrophe. The casual menu of salads, sandwiches and hot specials is also served insi…
Sandwiches in Groningen

Het Amsterdams Broodjeshuis

An unpretentious purveyor of classic Dutch comfort food, this fluorescent-lit diner has just three formica tables and counter seating. The many broodjes (sandwiches) include eel, croquette and salmon salad, but the …