The best of Haarlem

Karin
The best of Haarlem

Favorite restaurants

Some of the best restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Haarlem.
Van de Sande is the best option for a good and affordable meal, just around the corner of our home. This would probably be the most Dutch meal you can find in a restaurant. It is family friendly and has a small but frequently changing menu with meat, fish and vegetarian options. They have a great terrace if you want to enjoy a glass of wine in the afternoon or evening sun. It can be busy in the weekend so be sure to make a reservation.
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Vandesande
1 Santpoorterplein
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Van de Sande is the best option for a good and affordable meal, just around the corner of our home. This would probably be the most Dutch meal you can find in a restaurant. It is family friendly and has a small but frequently changing menu with meat, fish and vegetarian options. They have a great terrace if you want to enjoy a glass of wine in the afternoon or evening sun. It can be busy in the weekend so be sure to make a reservation.
In the Netherlands we have a lot of Indonesian restaurants, this one is the best in Haarlem. Definitely try the traditional 'rijsttafel'. The place is quite big, but recommendable to make reservations on the weekend.
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De Lachende Javaan
27 Frankestraat 25-
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In the Netherlands we have a lot of Indonesian restaurants, this one is the best in Haarlem. Definitely try the traditional 'rijsttafel'. The place is quite big, but recommendable to make reservations on the weekend.
This 1 star Michelin restaurant servers not the most experimental food but it does servers the perfect dishes. Balanced and exploding with flavour. Their signature dish (of course) is Ratatouille and it is absolutely one of my favourite dishes I have ever tasted. They have some good lunch deals which you usually can make a last minute reservation for, just check their website. Mmmmm!
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Ratatouille Food & Wine
96 Spaarne
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This 1 star Michelin restaurant servers not the most experimental food but it does servers the perfect dishes. Balanced and exploding with flavour. Their signature dish (of course) is Ratatouille and it is absolutely one of my favourite dishes I have ever tasted. They have some good lunch deals which you usually can make a last minute reservation for, just check their website. Mmmmm!
If you enjoy fish it is worth checking out this restaurant. It is low profile with dishes to share. Just good food.
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Fishbar Monk - Vis restaurant Haarlem
20 Turfmarkt
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If you enjoy fish it is worth checking out this restaurant. It is low profile with dishes to share. Just good food.
The name says it all. It is a Chicken Bar and they server good chicken. It is family friendly and affordable. Good value for money.
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Roast Chicken Bar
26 Turfmarkt
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The name says it all. It is a Chicken Bar and they server good chicken. It is family friendly and affordable. Good value for money.
Yummie! A cosy Ramen place where they serve good food for a good price. A healthy but quick meal without the feeling of it being fast food. Family friendly.
Ramen Brothers Noodle Bar Haarlem
13 zwart Nassaustraat
Yummie! A cosy Ramen place where they serve good food for a good price. A healthy but quick meal without the feeling of it being fast food. Family friendly.
The best pizza in town! Unfortunately they do not deliver :( They have the classics but also more modern pizza's and a crust to die for. Think of Napels meets Haarlem!
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De Pizzabakkers Haarlem
70D Kruisweg
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The best pizza in town! Unfortunately they do not deliver :( They have the classics but also more modern pizza's and a crust to die for. Think of Napels meets Haarlem!
Good French food for a good price. The classics. It is one of the few restaurants which serve dinner until late. Most restaurants in the Netherlands close their kitchen at 21:30.
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Café Colette
22 Oude Groenmarkt
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Good French food for a good price. The classics. It is one of the few restaurants which serve dinner until late. Most restaurants in the Netherlands close their kitchen at 21:30.
The first time we went here the combination of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine sounded very strange, but we were very pleasantly surprised! Wauw, what a taste.
Maita
45 Lange Veerstraat
The first time we went here the combination of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine sounded very strange, but we were very pleasantly surprised! Wauw, what a taste.
This is the best Dutch fries you can get anywhere in the Netherlands. It is biological and home made. There can be a small que but it is worth the wait. Just walk with your fries to the square at central station or the park behind it sit down and enjoy your very Dutch fries.
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FrietHoes
43 Kruisweg
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This is the best Dutch fries you can get anywhere in the Netherlands. It is biological and home made. There can be a small que but it is worth the wait. Just walk with your fries to the square at central station or the park behind it sit down and enjoy your very Dutch fries.
One of many beachclubs at Bloemendaal beach. Very relaxt. As all beachclubs it can be busy during summer on weekends.
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Rapa Nui
27 Boulevard Barnaart
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One of many beachclubs at Bloemendaal beach. Very relaxt. As all beachclubs it can be busy during summer on weekends.

Breakfast, lunch, coffee

The best in Haarlem
If you want the best breakfast, lunch, coffee or cake in the neighbourhood. This is the place to be! I can highly recommend the salad which they customise to your taste. But basically everything on the menu is yummy!
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Cleeff
13 Kleverparkweg
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If you want the best breakfast, lunch, coffee or cake in the neighbourhood. This is the place to be! I can highly recommend the salad which they customise to your taste. But basically everything on the menu is yummy!
This is a special place just around the corner. But it can be a bit hard to find since it is located in the middle of public park and vegetable garden. In the café they serve all kinds of delicious sandwiches, salads, coffee and juices. There is a more quiet part in the café, but also a larger area where there is plenty of space for kids to run around. Outside there is also a natural playground.
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Kweekcafé
9 Kleverlaan
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This is a special place just around the corner. But it can be a bit hard to find since it is located in the middle of public park and vegetable garden. In the café they serve all kinds of delicious sandwiches, salads, coffee and juices. There is a more quiet part in the café, but also a larger area where there is plenty of space for kids to run around. Outside there is also a natural playground.
Just delicious! Unfortunately this is such a populair place that it is usually fully booked. But not to worry Anne & Max is a good alternative and this is just opposite Lima.
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by LIMA
65 Zijlstraat
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Just delicious! Unfortunately this is such a populair place that it is usually fully booked. But not to worry Anne & Max is a good alternative and this is just opposite Lima.
This is a little gem for breakfast or lunch. They have super healthy stuff with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
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Blend
138 Kleine Houtstraat
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This is a little gem for breakfast or lunch. They have super healthy stuff with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
This is just one of the best places for lunch. After lunch visit the beautiful courtyard of the Proveniershof original almshouse.
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Hofje Zonder Zorgen
142A Grote Houtstraat
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This is just one of the best places for lunch. After lunch visit the beautiful courtyard of the Proveniershof original almshouse.

Shopping

Some of the nicest places to shop for groceries or some fun shopping. Clothing will speak for itself, there a so many shops in Haarlem, it is hard to miss. But definitely check out the Kleine Houtstraat, Schagchelstraat, de Koningstraat en de Gierstraat.
This is our favourite market to go grocery shopping on Saturday, on Friday there is a biological farmers market. You can buy good Dutch cheese, fish and vegetables. Don't forget to have a coffee at Mogador, go to the smallest but best stocked mini supermarket Mabrouk (it is an experience) and the oldest pharmacist in Haarlem van der Pigge. Walk from here into the Gierstraat where you can find small speciality shop for everything you could probably (n)ever need.
Botermarkt
This is our favourite market to go grocery shopping on Saturday, on Friday there is a biological farmers market. You can buy good Dutch cheese, fish and vegetables. Don't forget to have a coffee at Mogador, go to the smallest but best stocked mini supermarket Mabrouk (it is an experience) and the oldest pharmacist in Haarlem van der Pigge. Walk from here into the Gierstraat where you can find small speciality shop for everything you could probably (n)ever need.
On friday there is the organics farmers market on the Botermarkt.
Organic Farmers Haarlem
12 Botermarkt
On friday there is the organics farmers market on the Botermarkt.
The oldest and most beautiful pharmacist in Haarlem, just worth checking out the decor.
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Drugstore Van der Pigge
3 Gierstraat
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The oldest and most beautiful pharmacist in Haarlem, just worth checking out the decor.
If you are fan of cooking, check out this store. It is a dream!
Bijde Heren
54 Gierstraat
If you are fan of cooking, check out this store. It is a dream!
There is so much to see here, just fun to go in. It is a toystore but upstairs there is also some vintage clothing.
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Meneer Paprika
19 Koningstraat
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There is so much to see here, just fun to go in. It is a toystore but upstairs there is also some vintage clothing.
If you like good wines just go here. They have an amazing cellar, I'm sure you can find what you've been looking for.
Wijnwinkel Okhuysen
34 Gierstraat
If you like good wines just go here. They have an amazing cellar, I'm sure you can find what you've been looking for.
A great tea and cofffee speciality store with the largest stock.
the art of tea.
153 Grote Houtstraat
A great tea and cofffee speciality store with the largest stock.
This is the largest market square in Haarlem, it is hard to miss.
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Grote Markt
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This is the largest market square in Haarlem, it is hard to miss.
This biological grocery store is just around the corner.
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De Groene Juffers
44-ZW Meester Cornelisstraat
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This biological grocery store is just around the corner.
Our local bakery with delicious fresh bread and open on sunday mornings.
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Bakker van Vessem
10 Kleverparkweg
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Our local bakery with delicious fresh bread and open on sunday mornings.
Our favourite local Cheese shop, be sure to taste the cheese called Windkracht. Which means the force of the wind, it is a biological cheese made on one of our islands Terschelling. The best!
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Zuivelhuis Het Oude
2 Kleverparkweg
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Our favourite local Cheese shop, be sure to taste the cheese called Windkracht. Which means the force of the wind, it is a biological cheese made on one of our islands Terschelling. The best!
One of the supermarkets around the corner, this is the cheapest in our neighbourhood.
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DekaMarkt
52-56 Meester Cornelisstraat
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One of the supermarkets around the corner, this is the cheapest in our neighbourhood.
One of the supermarkets around the corner, it is small but with a bit more luxury items than the Dekamarkt.
AH Santpoorterstraat
41 Santpoorterstraat
One of the supermarkets around the corner, it is small but with a bit more luxury items than the Dekamarkt.

Musea and place of interest

These places are worth a visit
Gallery in a 17th-century building dedicated to portrait painter Frans Hals & the Dutch Old Masters. The building and street itself is worth making a detour.
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Музей Франса Халса
62 Groot Heiligland
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Gallery in a 17th-century building dedicated to portrait painter Frans Hals & the Dutch Old Masters. The building and street itself is worth making a detour.
One of the larger original almshouses, these historical brick residences surround a scenic courtyard. Beautiful and typical Dutch architecture.
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Proveniershuis
142D Grote Houtstraat
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One of the larger original almshouses, these historical brick residences surround a scenic courtyard. Beautiful and typical Dutch architecture.
Also a old courtyard which Haarlem is famous for.
Brouwershofje
8 Tuchthuisstraat
Also a old courtyard which Haarlem is famous for.
This is the museum on art & science, it shows paintings and prints to fossils & scientific instruments.
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Музей Тейлора
16 Spaarne
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This is the museum on art & science, it shows paintings and prints to fossils & scientific instruments.
Museum with guided tours of a onetime family home used to hide Jews during World War II.
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Ten Boom Museum
19 Barteljorisstraat
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Museum with guided tours of a onetime family home used to hide Jews during World War II.
18th-century riverside windmill with scenic views, an educational museum & guided tours.
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Windmill De Adriaan (1779)
1A Papentorenvest
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18th-century riverside windmill with scenic views, an educational museum & guided tours.
Haarlem has two breweries, het Uiltje and Jopenkerk. Both are open for visits and have a tasting room.
Uiltje Brewery & Taproom
25 Bingerweg
Haarlem has two breweries, het Uiltje and Jopenkerk. Both are open for visits and have a tasting room.
Haarlem has two breweries, het Uiltje and Jopenkerk. Both are open for visits and have a tasting room.
Jopen Proeflokaal Waarderpolder
21 Emrikweg
Haarlem has two breweries, het Uiltje and Jopenkerk. Both are open for visits and have a tasting room.
An open air theatre in the middle of the woods. Check the website for the programme.
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Caprera Open Air Theatre
2 Hoge Duin en Daalseweg
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An open air theatre in the middle of the woods. Check the website for the programme.

Things to do with kids

Close by there is the climbing wall, just a fun challenge for the kids when it rains.
climbing wall Haarlem
120-B Spaarndamseweg
Close by there is the climbing wall, just a fun challenge for the kids when it rains.
The biggest cinema in Haarlem
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Pathé Haarlem
41-43 Zijlvest
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The biggest cinema in Haarlem
An indoor playground with just trampolines, guaranteed happy faces for at least 2 hours. Suitable for older children.
Street Jump Haarlem | indoor trampoline park
15d Tetterodeweg
An indoor playground with just trampolines, guaranteed happy faces for at least 2 hours. Suitable for older children.
There are plenty of surfschools along the beach, this is just one of them. But a nice relaxed and friendly one.
First Wave Surf School
There are plenty of surfschools along the beach, this is just one of them. But a nice relaxed and friendly one.
Explore many great places in Haarlem with our local city guides by bike. They will show you many great hidden places Haarlem has to offer. Peddle along the river Spaarne, see the Windmill Adriaan and visit the Grote Markt with the big Bavo Church and discover many great places for dinner or lunch. Book online your City Bike Tour or just rent a bike and discover Haarlem on your own.
Bike Tours Haarlem
2 Drossestraat
Explore many great places in Haarlem with our local city guides by bike. They will show you many great hidden places Haarlem has to offer. Peddle along the river Spaarne, see the Windmill Adriaan and visit the Grote Markt with the big Bavo Church and discover many great places for dinner or lunch. Book online your City Bike Tour or just rent a bike and discover Haarlem on your own.
When you need an extra bike you can always rent one here.
Bike Rent Haarlem
30 Kruisweg
When you need an extra bike you can always rent one here.
Europe largest outdoor playground. https://www.linnaeushof.nl
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Linnaeushof
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Europe largest outdoor playground. https://www.linnaeushof.nl
What can I say, kids and pancakes...
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Lowietje Bloemendaal
5 Hoge Duin en Daalseweg
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What can I say, kids and pancakes...

Nature

Fortunately there is plenty of nature around Haarlem
Just a beautiful lake, great for a picknick or a walk around it.
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Oosterplas
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Just a beautiful lake, great for a picknick or a walk around it.
A beautiful estate it is worth walking in the forest and dunes finishing of with lunch at the estate. The restaurant is fancy and expensive, the lunchroom is lowkey and affordable.
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Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg
60 Duin- en Kruidbergerweg
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A beautiful estate it is worth walking in the forest and dunes finishing of with lunch at the estate. The restaurant is fancy and expensive, the lunchroom is lowkey and affordable.
Zuid Kennemerland National Park stretches from Zandvoort to IJmuiden, at a 5-minute drive from our home. The ever-surprising expanse of dunes, from country estates along the outer edge, through rugged dunes towards the North Sea beach, is the habitat of countless special animals and plants. Check out the website for all activities, walking and biking routes and points of interest.
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Kennemerland National Park
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Zuid Kennemerland National Park stretches from Zandvoort to IJmuiden, at a 5-minute drive from our home. The ever-surprising expanse of dunes, from country estates along the outer edge, through rugged dunes towards the North Sea beach, is the habitat of countless special animals and plants. Check out the website for all activities, walking and biking routes and points of interest.
Here you will find the more quiet beach and still you can enjoy a coffee after a long beach walk.
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Parnassia aan Zee
1 Parnassiaweg
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Here you will find the more quiet beach and still you can enjoy a coffee after a long beach walk.