Monuments and canals in diverse and multicultural Lombok
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This city walk brings you through an unexpected part of Utrecht, but close to city center. Old working-class houses, multicultural and lively shopping street Kanaalstraat, a mill and monumental Muntgebouw. Combined with a glimpse of Oog in Al, a popular neighbourhood amongst families, with beautiful, big houses dating back to the 1930s. I also give many local tips for fancy restaurants and nice places to go for drinks in this area.
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# kilometres = 4 – 7k
Estimated walking time = 50m – 1h30
Type = city, monuments, parks, food, drinks
Starting at Central Station, big coins integrated in the sidewalk are a walk of fame in Leidseweg that lead the way to Muntgebouw, the monumental building where the Dutch coins used to be made. Across the canal you have a fairy-tale-like view on Mill de Ster, with the reflection of the mill in the water, accompanied by some beautiful weeping willows. On your way back you can have an upclose look at the mill.
Read more here for more information regarding Muntgebouw
Pass by the muntgebouw, cross the bridge and turn right towards Park Oog in Al. Turn around for a fantastic view on the majestic Muntgebouw, on the way it’s shining in the sun and reflected in the water. At this place I feel very far from city-life, being surrounded by water, trees and a lack of cars.
Landhuis in de Stad (2) in Park Oog in Al
Walk through Park Oog in Al, a beautiful green park with lots of grass for relaxing, bootcamp or yoga. Sufficient trees with benches underneath and even a small park with some deer. Hidden between the trees of the park you will find Landhuis in de Stad. Build in the 18th century, accompanied by a little dome used as a tea house. It’s a dignified place with a low-key function as meeting place for neighbours and a place to have some food and drinks. Both inside as on the terrace. Very nice place to meet up for a coffee, lunch or a beer.
The terrace of Landhuis in de Stad is hidden between the trees and a true hidden-gem. Read more read more tips on other hidden-gem terraces in Utrecht.
Want to see more? Follow the ends of neighbourhood Oog in Al, where you’ll pass beautiful houses originating from the 1930s, houseboats, a small park-like walking path and amazing canal views at Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal.
On the edge of Park Oog in Al and the Merwedekanaal the 1908 Cereolfabriek, completely transformed in 2014, houses a theatre room, a primary school and a library. At the great terrace or inside at Buurten in de Fabriek, you can enjoy food and drinks almost any time of day. While viewing over the houseboats, the locks across the Merwedekanaal and the Lombok houses on the other side of the canal.
Buurten in de Fabriek is one of the many eateries in Utrecht with a terrace right at the canal. Read further for more tips on a nice canal-side terrace.
Molen de Ster (4)
Cross the Merwedelocks – which, on a sunny day, will be full of sun lovers – and continue the route to Molen de Ster. From Leidseweg – on your way to Muntgebouw – you already have had a great view on this mill from across the canal. The quite terrace in the little park next to the mill is shared with some goats and the wooden trunks in the water remind of the old working days of the mill.
On your way back to Utrecht Central Station, you pass Kanaalstraat. A lively street full of multicultural shops and places to eat, with on every street corner a grocery store with vegetables, nuts, olives and herbs. Eat some lahmacun doner at Bakkerij Lombok, a fish platter at Lombok Fish and buy your local Utrecht beer and liquor at Slijterij Besseling.
OTHER TIPS FOR FOOD & DRINKS
Café Lombok (6)
Situated on the corner of the most dignified street of Lombok, the J.P. Coenstraat, and the busy Vleutenseweg, Café Lombok. A cosy café to play games or drink one of the many local beers they have on offer. It feels like one big living room. The menu consists of good food, occasionally with surprising meals not to be found in a random café.
The Anthony (7)
In 2019, after a thorough renovation, the Anthony opened its doors in an old convent, opposite the St. Antonius church at Kanaalstraat, in lively Lombok. A so-called urban city hotel, with a hip chic interior and some magnificent-looking rooms. Don’t worry, if you don’t sleep here you are also welcome to enjoy your coffee, beer or dinner in the restaurant or outside in the courtyard. The old convent walls, with its stained wall windows and newly formed hotel rooms, embrace you with a peacefulness that honours the building’s former destination.
Jasmijn & ik (8)
Jasmijn & ik is a nice, bigger-than-it-looks Asian restaurant, with a mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Cantonese dishes. Without the TL-lighting. Situated right at Kanaalstraat, with a few outside tables on the sidewalk. Lovely food at a lovely restaurant.
IJssalon Zomers (9)
In summer months you can buy your Italian ice cream at Zomers – on a corner of Laan van Nieuw Guinea. Situated just around the corner of the Keulsekade: a super-relaxed place, with a broad walking bridge on the locks, crossing the water to Park Oog in Al. And with nice weather every piece of grass occupied. A perfect place for an ice-cream walk.
Bastacosi is a very nice, low-key, semi-self service pizza place to eat marvellous pizza’s in a friendly atmosphere. You can also eat bastacosi pizza at Biltstraat in Wittevrouwen and close to Wilhelminapark.
Mr Black and the White Ox (11)
The Blend, the old headquarter of the coffee factories of Douwe Egberts, locate two restaurants.The bar, Mr Black, is a place for drinks, comfort-food and shared meals. The White Ox a bistro with a multi-course menu of choice, based on known and lesser-known herbs and spices. Accompanied by wine from the extensive wine cellar.
Strand Oog in Al (SOIA) (12)
In the far end of Oog in Al city-beach SOIA, surrounded by Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal, created a super-chill place in spring and summer. Most popular on sunny days. Big, and often busy, terrace for food and drinks. And lots of grass to chill on your own picknick blanket. No swimming allowed.
In an old factory building, Kantien created a surprisingly nice place in a not-very-inspiring environment. Big restaurant. Likewise terrace. Good atmosphere. It feels like eating in a very fine-tuned second-hand shop. We shared dishes with lots of veggies and surprising combinations on the plate.
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