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This walk gives a number of restaurant tips for Utrecht city center, whilst you pass by the (my) best Utrecht shopping streets.
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# kilometres = 3.5k
Estimated walking time = 45m
Type = city, shopping, food, drinks
On close walking distance from Utrecht Central Station and Jaarbeurs, restaurants can be found around the little harbour at Veilinghaven. Situated in an architectonical building with large windows, Fico serves a fine dinner with pairing wines, while overlooking the iconic U-Trechters or the ship’s masts in the harbour. At Pesto, enjoy a fine Italian menu or find yourself a tap table at Beers & Barrels.
Enjoy your fair share of delicious Asian street food and sushi at trendy Miyagi & Jones (2) before heading to the movies. Or visit the completely circular and sustainably build The Green House (3). The ground floor is an open and light space – windows all over – with couches and tables. The first floor suits the urban farm, where ingredients grow. The restaurant is situated right at Moreelsebrug, which integrates Jaarbeus-side with Utrecht city centre. Walk across the bridge for a view over the trains and the evolving skyline around Central Station.
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At the corner of Mariastraat (also full of restaurants and bars) and shopping street Zadelstraat, Mariaplaats is one big terrace. Enjoy your breakfast at Elizego for lunch to Jozef or tap your own wines and beers at ‘t Taphuys. In for a movie? Walk a few meters towards city cinema (with café) Springhaver (5).
Time for shopping. With a perfect view on inconic Dom tower (currently wrapped for restauration) pass by a diversity of shops and restaurants – clothes, interior accessories, vintage, Indian food and coffee – in Zadelstraat (6). Turn right for small and cosy Lijnmarkt (7). From concept stores to shoes and from boutique clothing to interior accessories. One of my favourite shopping streets.
Read further for all you'd like to know about shopping in Zadelstraat and Lijnmarkt
Twijnstraat (9) & Ledig Erf (10)
Finish Oudegracht to Twijnstraat. Interior shops, clothing boutiques, places specialised in beer, wine or cheese. Twijnstraat has it all. At the southern part of city centre, Twijnstraat turns into Ledig Erf, a good place for food and drinks. Both in summer and winter. Also with another movie theatre, Louis Hartlooper. On your way back, pass Twijnstraat by walking alongside the canal on the lower level.
Cross the Singel at Ledig Erf, down at Ooster- and Westerkade, pass train station Vaartsche Rijn and visit Rotsoord. Completely turned into a fancy place for food and drinks, keeping the industrial heritage alive. The former PasToe factory currently houses the University of the Arts and you can fancy a lunch at de Zagerij or enjoy fine dining at het Ketelhuis . Both with industrial looks, in honour of the previous habitant. LE:EN offers great Asian bites and cocktails in an old warehouse and WT Urban Kitchen combines fine (and popular) dining with great Utrecht city views in the water tower. This list is far from finished yet, go have a look yourself.
Rotsoord is a perfect place to enjoy a beer right at the canal. Read further for more canal-side terraces in Utrecht
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