Max’ Personal Recommendations for Haarlem

Max Free walking tour Guide Haarlem

My name is Max and I was born and raised in this country! That’s why I’m happy to show you around in one of the most charming cities in Holland. You can click on the bold text to get to the Google Maps location of the establishment.

All of you good luck in Haarlem! And don’t forget to write me a review here of course :)

Max Free walking tour Guide Haarlem
Max Free walking tour Guide Haarlem

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FOOD / RESTAURANTS

  • Louisiana Lobster Bar
    A personal favorite of mine. Great Cajun and Southern US barbecue dishes and awesome bourbon and cocktails.
  • Wilma & Albert
    This steakhouse is a classic, far beyond the city walls of Haarlem. Beware of peanuts shells on the floor!
  • Bar & Kitchen Zocher
    This amazing restaurant cooks daring dishes with local ingredients all day round. Possible for a small bite as well as a long dinner.
  • DeDAKKAS
    Literally translates to ‘The Roof Glasshouse’, this is  great restaurant with a beautiful setting.
  • Bistrobar Indonesia
    Beautiful restaurant with modern style Indonesian food. They have a great
    selection of cocktails as well, perfect for a romantic night.
food

FOOD / RESTAURANTS

  • Louisiana Lobster Bar
    A personal favorite of mine. Great Cajun and Southern US barbecue dishes and awesome bourbon and cocktails.
  • Wilma & Albert
    This steakhouse is a classic, far beyond the city walls of Haarlem. Beware of peanuts shells on the floor!
  • Bar & Kitchen Zocher
    This amazing restaurant cooks daring dishes with local ingredients all day round. Possible for a small bite as well as a long dinner.
  • DeDAKKAS
    Literally translates to ‘The Roof Glasshouse’, this is  great restaurant with a beautiful setting.
  • Bistrobar Indonesia
    Beautiful restaurant with modern style Indonesian food. They have a great
    selection of cocktails as well, perfect for a romantic night.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

  • The Yoghurt Barn
    This place serves excellent fresh and healthy food that will keep you going the entire morning.
  • Fons Hof
    Classic Dutch cafeteria. They serve classic Dutch snacks like a ‘Broodje Kroket’ (bun with goulash croquette) or ‘Patatje Oorlog’ (french fries with peanut sauce & mayonnaise), but also a steak and salad. They have been doing it with class for around 50 years, my dad even used to work in this place!
  • De Lachende Javaan
    Great Indonesian place. This is a great option for vegetarian or vegan food.
  • Het Broodjeshuis
    The Dutch have made sandwiches into an art. We got a lot of shade thrown at us for having lunch with merely bread. However, if you’re here, you should try a lunch just like the locals!
  • Syriously
    Located at the Botermarkt, this is a nice central lunch stop for people craving
    some Middle Eastern food. Good vegan options as well and budget friendly.

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

  • The Yoghurt Barn
    This place serves excellent fresh and healthy food that will keep you going the entire morning.
  • Fons Hof
    Classic Dutch cafeteria. They serve classic Dutch snacks like a ‘Broodje Kroket’ (bun with goulash croquette) or ‘Patatje Oorlog’ (french fries with peanut sauce & mayonnaise), but also a steak and salad. They have been doing it with class for around 50 years, my dad even used to work in this place!
  • De Lachende Javaan
    Great Indonesian place. This is a great option for vegetarian or vegan food.
  • Het Broodjeshuis
    The Dutch have made sandwiches into an art. We got a lot of shade thrown at us for having lunch with merely bread. However, if you’re here, you should try a lunch just like the locals!
  • Syriously
    Located at the Botermarkt, this is a nice central lunch stop for people craving
    some Middle Eastern food. Good vegan options as well and budget friendly.
breakfast

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

  • The Yoghurt Barn
    This place serves excellent fresh and healthy food that will keep you going the entire morning.
  • Fons Hof
    Classic Dutch cafeteria. They serve classic Dutch snacks like a ‘Broodje Kroket’ (bun with goulash croquette) or ‘Patatje Oorlog’ (french fries with peanut sauce & mayonnaise), but also a steak and salad. They have been doing it with class for around 50 years, my dad even used to work in this place!
  • De Lachende Javaan
    Great Indonesian place. This is a great option for vegetarian or vegan food.
  • Het Broodjeshuis
    The Dutch have made sandwiches into an art. We got a lot of shade thrown at us for having lunch with merely bread. However, if you’re here, you should try a lunch just like the locals!
  • Freaking Vegan
    Located at the Botermarkt, this is a nice central lunch stop for vegans.
breakfast

DUTCH SNACKS / TAKEAWAY

  • Visch aan ‘t Parck
    A fishmonger’s stall locatd at the edge of the beautiful Frederikspark. Great
    herring but countless other options too!

Must-try Dutch delicacies:

  • Broodje ‘Gerookte Paling’ (smoked eel)
  • Poffertjes (mini-pancakes)
  • Likkepot (liverwurst with onion and peppers)
  • Berehap (fried meatball in peanut sauce)
cheese

DUTCH SNACKS / TAKEAWAY

  • Visch aan ‘t Parck
    A fishmonger’s stall locatd at the edge of the beautiful Frederikspark. Great
    herring but countless other options too!

Must-try Dutch delicacies:

  • Broodje ‘Gerookte Paling’ (smoked eel)
  • Poffertjes (mini-pancakes)
  • Likkepot (liverwurst with onion and peppers)
  • Berehap (fried meatball in peanut sauce)

BARS

  • Café van Gunsteren
    This bar is a classic Dutch brown bar, with old fashioned friendly service but a
    modern selection. Billiards table included. A living room for many locals, and
    especially packed when Ajax is playing. The couple running the place serves
    some fingerlicking barfood as well.
  • Cafe Koops
    Authentic Dutch brown bar. They serve my favorite pilsener on draught; Hertog Jan.
  • Uiltje bar
    This place is a tasting room for ‘t Uiltje craftbeer brewery from haarlem. They
    serve a plethora of incredibly daring well rounded varieties. Any beer lover
    should not miss this place.
  • De Volkslust
    Terrace at the waterfront. This trendy bar will you serve you your drinks pretty much IN the canal, where you’ll see Dutch people drifting by in their boats.

BARS

  • Café van Gunsteren
    This bar is a classic Dutch brown bar, with old fashioned friendly service but a
    modern selection. Billiards table included. A living room for many locals, and
    especially packed when Ajax is playing. The couple running the place serves
    some fingerlicking barfood as well.
  • Cafe Koops
    Authentic Dutch brown bar. They serve my favorite pilsener on draught; Hertog Jan.
  • Uiltje bar
    This place is a tasting room for ‘t Uiltje craftbeer brewery from haarlem. They
    serve a plethora of incredibly daring well rounded varieties. Any beer lover
    should not miss this place.
  • De Volkslust
    Terrace at the waterfront. This trendy bar will you serve you your drinks pretty much IN the canal, where you’ll see Dutch people drifting by in their boats.
bar

BARS

  • Studio
    Large cafe with dance floor. In the weekends there’s often live music here. Conveniently located at Grote Markt.
  • Cafe Koops
    Authentic Dutch brown bar. They serve my favorite pilsener on draught; Hertog Jan.
  • Jopenkerk
    Church turned brewery! This hotspot can’t be missed. Enjoy a great beer well admiring the copper pipes of the brewery curving around you. All beers have a name that’s in some way related to Haarlem.
  • De Volkslust
    Terrace at the waterfront. This trendy bar will you serve you your drinks pretty much IN the canal, where you’ll see Dutch people drifting by in their boats.
bar

NIGHTLIFE

  • De Patronaat
    Haarlem’s pop temple. Do check their schedule on https://patronaat.nl to see when there’s a show that suits your flavor.
  • De Filmschuur
    For international arthouse films.
  • Kokonoches
    Latin music in the centre of Haarlem. If you go earlier in the night around 22.30
    they will play Merengue, Bachata and Salsa and you’ll be sure to find a dance
    partner.
  • Cafe Stiels
    Live music bar. Usually the program is Rock & Blues orientated. Has a large smoking area from where you can still see the band.
night moon

NIGHTLIFE

  • De Patronaat
    Haarlem’s pop temple. Do check their schedule on https://patronaat.nl to see when there’s a show that suits your flavor.
  • De Filmschuur
    For international arthouse films.
  • Kokonoches
    Latin music in the centre of Haarlem. If you go earlier in the night around 22.30
    they will play Merengue, Bachata and Salsa and you’ll be sure to find a dance
    partner.
  • Cafe Stiels
    Live music bar. Usually the program is Rock & Blues orientated. Has a large smoking area from where you can still see the band.

SHOPPING

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

For shopping, the entire city center will pretty much suit you well. The large clothing stores can be found on and around the Grote Houtstraat.

Reinhard Frans in the Barteljorisstraat sells artisanal gentleman’s shoes,
handmade in Italy. You can buy a pair of the shelf or have a pair tailormade.

NERD CULTURE SHOPS

The Toyboys
Shop for toys and board games for (big) boys.

The Game Shop
For buying/selling retro games, systems and movies.

Nedgame
Slightly bigger and more modern video game store.

The Boardroom café
Place that sells boardgames, carddecks, you name it. They also have tables
where groups can play games from cards to Magic the Gathering.

COMIC BOOK SHOPS

Haarlem is known in the Netherlands for being the birthplace of many cartoon artists and characters alike. You might not find any titles you’ve ever heard of before. Jopo de Pojo is a friendly shop, where you browse for the best comics from Holland.

SMARTSHOPS

A smartshop is something typically Dutch. You probably know that some
stores sell marijuana in the Netherlands. Smartshops, however, sell all natural
drugs BUT cannabis. A good choice in Haarlem is State of Mind. Be careful,
fly safely ;)

SHOPPING

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

For shopping, the entire city center will pretty much suit you well. The large clothing stores can be found on and around the Grote Houtstraat.

Reinhard Frans in the Barteljorisstraat sells artisanal gentleman’s shoes,
handmade in Italy. You can buy a pair of the shelf or have a pair tailormade.

NERD CULTURE SHOPS

The Toyboys
Shop for toys and board games for (big) boys.

The Game Shop
For buying/selling retro games, systems and movies.

Nedgame
Slightly bigger and more modern video game store.

The Boardroom café
Place that sells boardgames, carddecks, you name it. They also have tables
where groups can play games from cards to Magic the Gathering.

COMIC BOOK SHOPS

Haarlem is known in the Netherlands for being the birthplace of many cartoon artists and characters alike. You might not find any titles you’ve ever heard of before. Jopo de Pojo is a friendly shop, where you browse for the best comics from Holland.

shop

SHOPPING

For shopping, the entire city center will pretty much suit you well. The large clothing stores can be found on and around the Grote Houtstraat.

NERD CULTURE SHOPS

The Toyboys
Shop for toys and board games for (big) boys.

The Game Shop
For buying/selling retro games, systems and movies.

Nedgame
Slightly bigger and more modern video game store.

COMIC BOOK SHOPS

Haarlem is known in the Netherlands for being the birthplace of many cartoon artists and characters alike. You might not find any titles you’ve ever heard of before. Jopo de Pojo is a friendly shop, where you browse for the best comics from Holland.

shop
cigrettes

COFFEESHOPS (no coffee, marijuana!)

Be careful where you buy your herb! Many coffee shops will scam you. Take a tip!

  • Coffeeshop Regine
    This coffeeshop smack dab in the centre of Haarlem is a partner of the world famous Amsterdam Genetics group. This shop is for takeaway only, but has superior products and awesome staff.
  • Smartshops
    A smartshop is something typically Dutch. You probably know that some stores sell marijuana in the Netherlands. Smartshops, however, sell all natural drugs BUT cannabis. A good choice in Haarlem is State of Mind. Be careful, fly safely ;)

COFFEESHOPS (no coffee, marijuana!)

Be careful where you buy your herb! Many coffee shops will scam you. Take a tip!

  • Coffeeshop Regine
    This coffeeshop smack dab in the centre of Haarlem is a partner of the world famous Amsterdam Genetics group. This shop is for takeaway only, but has superior products and awesome staff.
  • Smartshops
    A smartshop is something typically Dutch. You probably know that some stores sell marijuana in the Netherlands. Smartshops, however, sell all natural drugs BUT cannabis. A good choice in Haarlem is State of Mind. Be careful, fly safely ;)

MUSEUMS 

  • Teylers Museum
    Founded in 1784, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem is not only the oldest museum in the Netherlands, but it is also one of the oldest museums in Europe. Visitors are invited to explore the museum’s impressive collection of art, science, and history, spanning several centuries. The museum’s vast collection includes fossils, minerals, scientific instruments, drawings, paintings, and rare books. In addition, the museum’s stunning architecture, featuring a neoclassical facade and a charming garden, adds to the visitor’s experience. The Teylers Museum is an excellent destination for those looking to delve into the rich cultural and scientific heritage of the Netherlands.
  • Frans Hals Museum
    Two charming and historic buildings serve as the home of the Frans Hals Museum. It boasts the most extensive collection of Frans Hals’ portraits worldwide, which includes the world-famous Schutterstuken.
  • Corrie Ten Boom Huis
    The story of the Ten Boom family bears witness to their deep affection and unwavering dedication to the Jewish community. Today, their residence has been restored to its former state as an “open house,” just as it was during the time when the Ten Booms resided there. The museum serves as a tribute to the family’s legacy.

MUSEUMS 

  • Teylers Museum
    Founded in 1784, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem is not only the oldest museum in the Netherlands, but it is also one of the oldest museums in Europe. Visitors are invited to explore the museum’s impressive collection of art, science, and history, spanning several centuries. The museum’s vast collection includes fossils, minerals, scientific instruments, drawings, paintings, and rare books. In addition, the museum’s stunning architecture, featuring a neoclassical facade and a charming garden, adds to the visitor’s experience. The Teylers Museum is an excellent destination for those looking to delve into the rich cultural and scientific heritage of the Netherlands.
  • Frans Hals Museum
    Two charming and historic buildings serve as the home of the Frans Hals Museum. It boasts the most extensive collection of Frans Hals’ portraits worldwide, which includes the world-famous Schutterstuken.
  • Corrie Ten Boom Huis
    The story of the Ten Boom family bears witness to their deep affection and unwavering dedication to the Jewish community. Today, their residence has been restored to its former state as an “open house,” just as it was during the time when the Ten Booms resided there. The museum serves as a tribute to the family’s legacy.
muse

MUSEUMS 

  • Teylers Museum
    Founded in 1784, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem is not only the oldest museum in the Netherlands, but it is also one of the oldest museums in Europe. Visitors are invited to explore the museum’s impressive collection of art, science, and history, spanning several centuries. The museum’s vast collection includes fossils, minerals, scientific instruments, drawings, paintings, and rare books. In addition, the museum’s stunning architecture, featuring a neoclassical facade and a charming garden, adds to the visitor’s experience. The Teylers Museum is an excellent destination for those looking to delve into the rich cultural and scientific heritage of the Netherlands.
  • Frans Hals Museum
    Two charming and historic buildings serve as the home of the Frans Hals Museum. It boasts the most extensive collection of Frans Hals’ portraits worldwide, which includes the world-famous Schutterstuken.
  • Corrie Ten Boom Huis
    The story of the Ten Boom family bears witness to their deep affection and unwavering dedication to the Jewish community. Today, their residence has been restored to its former state as an “open house,” just as it was during the time when the Ten Booms resided there. The museum serves as a tribute to the family’s legacy.
muse

PARKS

  • Frederikspark
    Centrally located, clean and peaceful. Located next to the former palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother. Often the gardens of the palace are open to visitors. On the other side of the palace the park continues as ‘Haarlemmerhous’, which is a lot shadier because of the many trees.
  • Kenau Park
  • Parnassia
    Resort located in a national park in the sand dunes, right off the coast. Easily accessible by car and bicycle. These are paths leading through the national park. There is also a beach favored by dog owners, since they can run free on this beach.
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PARKS

  • Frederikspark
    Centrally located, clean and peaceful. Located next to the former palace of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother. Often the gardens of the palace are open to visitors. On the other side of the palace the park continues as ‘Haarlemmerhous’, which is a lot shadier because of the many trees.
  • Kenau Park
  • Parnassia
    Resort located in a national park in the sand dunes, right off the coast. Easily accessible by car and bicycle. These are paths leading through the national park. There is also a beach favored by dog owners, since they can run free on this beach.

THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM 

  • MASSAGES
    Go for a massage at Royal Thai Wellness & Spa. Traditional Thai massages in
    a range of varieties and durations. Get recharged after a long day of exploring
    the city!
  • SPOTTING BISONS
    If you’re lucky, you might be able to see some European Bisons (“Wisenten”).
    There’s a one-hour hike to a place (type: “wisentenuitkijkpunt” in any maps
    app) in National Park Kennermerduinen where a viewpoint is created to spot
    bisons. They’re pretty shy, but if you are lucky you can spot one. There’s also
    other wildlife in the area, but the hike alone is worth it!
  • ARCADE
    Go play some videogames at the Game Box. Great for children too.
  • CINEMA
    The old prison doem building has been converted in an amazing mixed
    building, which hosts a cinema in the basement, with an excellent bar. Go
    watch the big screen at the Filmkoepel.
  • BARBERSHOP
    Get a haircut and beard trim Carribean style at Wilson’s Barbershop. Good
    reggae riddims guaranteed while your (facial) hair gets the best care!

THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM 

  • MASSAGES
    Go for a massage at Royal Thai Wellness & Spa. Traditional Thai massages in
    a range of varieties and durations. Get recharged after a long day of exploring
    the city!
  • SPOTTING BISONS
    If you’re lucky, you might be able to see some European Bisons (“Wisenten”).
    There’s a one-hour hike to a place (type: “wisentenuitkijkpunt” in any maps
    app) in National Park Kennermerduinen where a viewpoint is created to spot
    bisons. They’re pretty shy, but if you are lucky you can spot one. There’s also
    other wildlife in the area, but the hike alone is worth it!
  • ARCADE
    Go play some videogames at the Game Box. Great for children too.
  • CINEMA
    The old prison doem building has been converted in an amazing mixed
    building, which hosts a cinema in the basement, with an excellent bar. Go
    watch the big screen at the Filmkoepel.
  • BARBERSHOP
    Get a haircut and beard trim Carribean style at Wilson’s Barbershop. Good
    reggae riddims guaranteed while your (facial) hair gets the best care!
Free haarlem tour

THINGS TO DO IN HAARLEM

  • MASSAGES
    Go for a massage at Royal Thai Wellness & Spa. Traditional Thai massages in
    a range of varieties and durations. Get recharged after a long day of exploring
    the city!
  • SPOTTING BISONS
    If you’re lucky, you might be able to see some European Bisons (“Wisenten”).
    There’s a one-hour hike to a place (type: “wisentenuitkijkpunt” in any maps
    app) in National Park Kennermerduinen where a viewpoint is created to spot
    bisons. They’re pretty shy, but if you are lucky you can spot one. There’s also
    other wildlife in the area, but the hike alone is worth it!
  • ARCADE
    Go play some videogames at the Game Box. Great for children too.
  • CINEMA
    The old prison doem building has been converted in an amazing mixed
    building, which hosts a cinema in the basement, with an excellent bar. Go
    watch the big screen at the Filmkoepel.
  • BARBERSHOP
    Get a haircut and beard trim Carribean style at Wilson’s Barbershop. Good
    reggae riddims guaranteed while your (facial) hair gets the best care!
Free haarlem tour

Tours in Amsterdam

MORE ABOUT HAARLEM

Movies about Haarlem’s history

KENAU (Dutch) tells you the story of the fierce female warrior that helped fight the Spanish during their siege of the city.

TULIP FEVER (English) is a fictional 17th century costume drama during the franticness of the Tulip Mania of 1637.

DE AANSLAG (Dutch) is a film based on the bestseller book of the same title. It tells a story of life in the 2nd World War in Haarlem.

Video’s

Concert of Simon and Garfunkel in De Waag:

Haarlem in World War: