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Top Choice Bar in Zwolle

Stads Strand Zwolle

Two huge potted palm trees herald the entrance to this pop-up beach bar, inside an industrial container by the canal. Striped deckchairs lounge on golden sand by the water's edge and there's baby-blue and soft-grey …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Zwolle

Dogtails

'Fancy hotdogs and original cocktails' is the driver of this uber-hip bar and eatery on fashionable Gasthuisplein. Craft cocktails (€7.50 to €10) are listed by pre-drooglegging (prohibition), post-drooglegging and d…
Top Choice Food Hall in Deventer

Fooddock

For something different, head east to the old harbour or Havenkwartier where an old industrial silo has been transformed into a funky food hall with a dozen-odd food stalls and rustic bench seating around shared woo…
Top Choice Historic Building in Deventer

Museum de Waag

At home in one of the country's oldest weighing houses (1528), this evocative museum in the middle of the Brink explores local history. During Deventer's heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries, merchants and traders …
Top Choice Church in Zwolle

Onze Lieve Vrouwe Basiliek

People from Zwolle say they know they're home when they see the iconic Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren (also known as the Peperbus, or Peppermill), a huge basilica built between 1394 and 1452 to dominate the skyline. From at…
Top Choice Christmas in Deventer

Dickens Festij

As part of the town's Christmas festivities, locals dress up as Oliver Twist, Scrooge and 900-odd other characters from Charles Dickens novels for two days to celebrate the life and times of the 19th-century English…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kampen

Nieuwe Toren

This landmark tower, built purely as a show of wealth in the 17th century, stands tall (albeit it with an incredible lean) on main street Oudestraat. Its carillon (1659–62), originally strung with 30 bells but now c…
Top Choice Museum in Zwolle

Museum De Fundatie

Housed in a neoclassical courthouse by the canal, Zwolle's acclaimed art museum stages large-scale temporary exhibits by contemporary figures. The small permanent exhibit traces the trajectory of modern art through …
Top Choice Church in Deventer

Grote of Lebuïnuskerk

The city's main church is named after the English cleric who founded it in 738; the present Gothic structure dates from the late 15th century. Its many wall paintings, whitewashed by Protestant mobs in 1580, were la…
Cafe in Kampen

Banketbakkerij Smit

Irresistible house specialities at this old-world cafe and tea room include Kamper slof (a rich, walnut and caramel biscuit-cake), vulkoek (almond paste enrobed in a spicy cinnamon and nutmeg biscuit) and the brilli…