The sun is shining! Time for drinks on a Utrecht terrace. Do as the locals do and visit one of these hidden-gem terraces, spread over the city. More tips on terraces in this blog with nice canal-side terraces.
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In Museum Quarter offers the museumcafé of Centraal Museum a peaceful place for a cup of coffee, also for the ones not visiting the museum. The entrance to the big courtyard is in between the museum and Nicolaïchurch, at the parking lot, and gives nice views on the old buildings and the newly created café. Enjoy some coffee with cake or have an organic lunch. If you have time, it’s nice to pay a short (and free) visit to the big and modest Nicolaïchurch.
Fort aan de Klop
Between the trees, a very nice place for a drink on the grass is created at Fort aan de Klop. Follow the bike path along river Vecht – for me one of the nicest bike paths in Utrecht. The terrace has a wide, coronaproof, setup. A perfect chill place for a beer or a bite from the snack menu.
TIP: Bike further along de Vecht: this biking route brings you to historic Maarssen and nature reserves Maarsseveense and Loosdrechtse Plassen.
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.
Close to stadium Galgenwaard, home to FC Utrecht, de Moestuin is a beautiful place for lunch and drinks. Combine a nice homemade iced tea or ‘moestuin-lemonade’ with a healthy, organic lunch or homemade pie. Whilst sitting in the serene scenery of a big vegetable garden. The home-grown products are sold in the garden shop and widely used in the food and drinks served on the terrace and orangery.
Landhuis in de Stad
Hidden between the trees of Park Oog in Al, 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.
TIP: Do you want to see more? Park Oog in Al is halfway this walking route through the neighbourhoods Lombok and Oog in Al.
This truly hidden-gem offers a terrace in a little oasis of green. Located next to Castellum Hoge Woerd in Leidsche Rijn, it’s a quite a bike ride – though very nice bike ride – from Utrecht Central station (6K: Leidseweg – Dafne Schippersbrug – Groenedijk). Nice fact, Rare Jongens also serve their own-brewed beers with your lunch or dinner. We enjoyed our time at this nice, small terrace, with a weizen and quadruple next to the apple pie.
Read further for more information about Museum Castellum Hoge Woerd and the Romans in Utrecht
Utrecht beer breweries
Utrecht is a city full of small and bigger beer breweries. They are spread over the city, and sometimes a bit hidden, but all recommended to visit. And most of them have a nice and sunny terrace. Gaze over the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal whilst enjoying a beer from Werkspoorcafé de Leckere or feel the sun at the terrace of Maximus brewery with views on an apple tree orchard.
Read more in this blog: all you need to know for a visit to one of the Utrecht beer breweries.
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