Experience tranquil Utrecht city life in Vogelenbuurt and Wittevrouwen
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Experience Utrecht city life during this walk while visiting the typical old working-class neighbourhood Wijk C, tranquil and old city streets in Vogelenbuurt, green walking paths in Griftpark and the dignified neighbourhood Wittevrouwen with lively restaurant-street Biltstraat.
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# kilometres = 4 – 5.5k
Estimated walking time = 50min– 1h10min
Type = city, parks, food, drinks
Enter Wijk C and chill in one of the coffee places and cafés (including karaoke) in Korte Koestraat and Willemstraat. Pass the Volksbuurtmuseum, the Jacobi church and leave Wijk C via Jan van Meijenstraat and Oranjestraat. Cross the bridge at Nijntje Pleintje and enter Vogelenbuurt.
Intimate city life in Vogelenbuurt
Vogelenbuurt is a tranquil neighbourhood with an intimate city feel. Turn right when you’ve crossed the bridge, left on Hopakker and – via Lijsterstraat, Nieuwe Koekoekstraat and Duifstraat – stop for a break at MØS Coffee bar. On the edge of Vogelenbuurt and downtown Utrecht, this Scandinavian-style low-key coffee bar is perfect to come together and discuss the day, do some work or read your book. All this, while enjoying a simple breakfast, lunch, or some coffee with cake. One of the nice get-together places in Vogelenbuurt. Across the roundabout, the bridge gives a nice view over Weerdsingel.
Wandering through the beautiful, small and meandering streets of Vogelenbuurt – Kievitstraat, Kievitdwarsstraat, Grietstraat and Van Musschenbroekstraat – brings you to Griftpark. A nice, green park not far from Utrecht city centre. Walking paths pass by dog classes, a city farm and big playground towards a green hill in the middle. With Restaurant Griftpark for food and drinks while viewing over the water and the green surroundings. Or go to Proost or Gastmaal Café at the edge of the park.
After your walk through Griftpark, enter Wittevrouwen. Start you walk at Bollenhofsetraat, Hennepstraat and via Griftstraat to Goedestraat. Wittevrouwen is a popular and more expensive neighbourhood with dignified houses in broader streets. Go right-left to Obrechtstraat to dream away when looking at some of these dignified houses.
Want to see more from Wittevrouwen? Visit former university campus of veterinary medicine. Otherwise read further at Biltstraat.
Anatomiegebouw & Veeartsenijpad
From Bollenhofsestraat go left-right-left-right to Griftkade. Follow the water to anatomiegebouw. This former faculty of veterinary medicine, currently houses apartments, and workshops are given in the former cutting room. It was build in 1921 by Joseph Crouwel, also the architect of the former post office at Neude. Both buildings are examples of the Amsterdam School style. Anatomiegebouw is part of a former university campus. Walk further via Hofsmederijstraat to Veeartsenijpad.
The former dog stables currently houses restaurant Goesting, a beauty of a restaurant to enjoy a fine lunch or dinner. A bit further and you pass theatre Paardenkathedraal, as riding school for sick horses also part of the former vet school.
Go right and wander through the streets (for example Gildstraat, Poortstraat, Bouwstraat) back to Obrechtstraat.
You walk right onto Biltstraat (4), the central street of Wittevrouwen, well-known among Utrechters and with tons of restaurants on both sides to choose from. Eat marvellous pizza at Bastacosi, join other pasta eaters at the big wooden tables of Spaghetteria, enjoy the tapas and antipasti of Gastrobar Aandacht or experience very fine and relaxed dining in one of Utrechts top restaurants, Concours.
More tips for other nice streets and areas full of restaurants, you can read in this blog.
Voorstraat, Drift and Janskerkhof
Cross the bridge and enter Voorstraat, with a combination of houses, shops and restaurants, ultimately leading to Neude. Or pass left at Drift and take a look at the monumental university buildings, well-maintained, with walkways across a small canal to the front doors of the houses to the right. This small street leads to Janskerkhof (5). A square dominated by the Janskerk, big trees and surrounded by bars and restaurants.
TIP: Saturdays between 8:00-17:00 Janskerkhof is the place to find yourself a nice bouquet at the flower market.
OTHER TIPS FOR FOOD & DRINKS
Roost aan de Singel
In summer months Roost aan de Singel, close to the Utrecht Central Station, is perfect to hangout with friends. The place has a unique look and feel. It’s right at Singel and made from wood, like old window frames. Enjoy the braai, a beer and the sun on the terrace. Or take your picknick blanket and lie down in the grass besides the canal.
JEU de boules bar
Right behind Roost aan de Singel, in an old company building JEU de boules bar is situated. A very nice place for some drinks and bites and to play (or watch) a jeu de boules game.
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