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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 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 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 …
Japanese in Zwolle

Blue Sakura

When Dutch or European cuisine tires, head to this Japanese and sushi grill which pulls in the crowds with its bottomless, 'all-you-can-eat-in-2½-hours' menu and absolutely breathtaking location inside the monumenta…
Cafe in Zwolle

Engel Winkelcafé

Among the jungle of cafes on people-busy Grote Markt, this hybrid cafe-concept store stands out. Its designer, chandelier-lit interior is an enchanting mirage of soft pastel hues and vintage, and the tempting menu i…
Historic Building in Zwolle

Sassenpoort

The 15th-century Sassenpoort, built in 1409 at the southern end of Sassenstraat, is one of the remaining town gates and must surely be one of the country's fanciest with its twinset of crenellated towers topped with…
Dutch in Zwolle

Poppe

Find this elegant restaurant tucked behind a part-black, part-red brick facade in a former blacksmith's shop. A steady stream of superb seasonal dishes – springtime asparagus, summertime mussels and autumnal wild du…
Historic Building in Zwolle

Town Hall

Zwolle's Town Hall consists of the stately old council chamber and adjacent new wing, in front of which stands a statue of Adam (1881) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. At its foot is a telephone number – actually a…
Fusion in Zwolle

’t Pestengasthuys

Counter-intuitive as it may seem to house an elegant restaurant inside an old hospital for plague victims, the building's dark past is instantly forgotten as you serenade your tastebuds with modern dishes like prais…