Utrecht City Guide

The city of Utrecht: The beating heart of the Netherlands.

A medieval city centre, small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end. Centrally located and barely 20 minutes from Amsterdam, Utrecht has everything to ensure a pleasant stay for tourists and business visitors alike. The city is rich in history and culture, making it the perfect place to explore for a day or a weekend.

Must see and do in Utrecht

Climb the spiral stairs of the Dom Tower and have a great view of the entire city! Then relax and take a boat trip through the canals and experience the city from a different point of view.

Visit one (or more) of the city’s wonderful museums: Museum CatharijneconventUniversity MuseumCentral MuseumMiffy Museum, and Aboriginal Art Museum.

Enjoy some of the city’s finest architecture like the Rietveld Schröder HouseCity Hall, Janskerk or take a break in the Pandhof (cloister garden) of the Dom Cathedral.

Besides a lot of culture, Utrecht is a great place for shopping and it offers a vast amount of restaurants and other entertainment.

Restaurant suggestions

There are a lot of restaurants close to the conference venues. Some recommendations:

De Bakkerswinkel, Wittevrouwenstraat 2. Great to have tea or lunch. Cute, cosy place with delicious pastries.
De OntdekkingVoorstraat 110. Lovely for tea, lunch, and tasty smoothies, across from the Bakkerswinkel.
Pomo, Wittevrouwenstraat 22. Delicious and affordable Surinamese food.
Gys, Voorstraat 77. Organic restaurant with fresh ingredients at affordable prices.
Babby’s Snacks, Voorstraat 76. Indonesian take-away of good quality.
ACU, Voorstraat 71. Vegan dinners at an affordable price with organic beers and juices, available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6 – 8.30PM. Reservation recommended: +31 (0)30-231-4590.
Ana’s Kuzin, Voorstraat 62. Turkish eatery/ take-away with lots of authentic small dishes.
Da Portare Via, Voorstraat 35. Stone-oven pizza at affordable prices.
Tapasbar El Mundo, Voorstraat 18. Spanish tapas and sangria.

Also close to the venues:
Meneer Smakers, Nobelstraat 143. A small and cosy (take-out) place, serving good quality burgers and handmade fries. Please note: it is only possible to pay by debit or credit card.
Café Hofman, Janskerkhof 17a. Visit this grand café for a lunch or dinner at a somewhat affordable price. During the evenings, there is live music.
Djakarta, Lucasbolwerk 19. A nice restaurant offering a wide variety of great Indonesian dishes and rice tables.

For those with a bigger budget:
Brasserie Bresson, Oudegracht 214. French restaurant with a good selection of wine.
De Rechtbank, Korte Nieuwstraat 14. Semi-fancy dishes served in a former courthouse close to the Dom Tower.
De Artisjok, Nieuwegracht 33. A small restaurant with a homey atmosphere serving fancy and high-quality dishes (with a mean artichoke salad).

For the coffee connoisseurs:
Brandmeesters, Korte Jansstraat 5. Mean cuppa Joe close to the Dom.
Simon Lévelt, Vismarkt 21A. Great coffee for take-away on the Oudegracht.
30mL, Mariastraat 35. Speciality brews and big mugs of filter coffee.
The Village, Voorstraat 46. Hipster cafe with friendly staff.
Blackbird Coffee & Vintage, Oudegracht 222. Speciality brews.
Douwe Egberts, Korte Jansstraat 17-19. For those who like flavoured shots in their coffee. Do try the Heavenly Hazel one.

For the late nighters:
De Bastaard, Jansveld 17. A theater café, with a friendly atmosphere, a pool table and a nice little garden terrace.
Café Olivier, Achter Clarenburg 6. A Belgian beer Café located in a former clandestine church, with a large selection of specialty beers.
’t Oude Pothuys, Oudegracht 279. Located in one of Utrecht’s many vaulted cellars, this small café is always filled with nice people and live music.
Kafé België, Oudegracht 196. Lots of beers and friendly staff.

For even more tips download the Utrecht City Guide app (available in English).