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Petra’s personal recommendations for Haarlem

If  you joined the tour with me, you probably heard about this video (click the link). Scroll down to see my personal recommendations in Haarlem, 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 ;)

Things to do


If you can’t get enough of Haarlem, catch a ‘Hofjes Tour’ at the VVV office, under the town hall. If you like to do something sporty, you can rent a bike (visit website) and make a nice tour across the dunes to the beach of Bloemendaal or Zandvoort.


The Ripper
This restaurant is my favorite. A friendly and great restaurant.The menu does exist of several dishes from which you can choose every course. And I can tell you, all the dishes are so tasteful. You pay one amount for the menu (without drinks). It’s also a unique restaurant, because young people get a new chance after not being successful at school. Visit website

An urban frenchy restaurant If you like to diner in a good ambiance with friends or family/ Then this is a great and beautiful decorated restaurant. The beautiful dome on the roof brings in a magical daylight or a starry sky at night. The signature of the restaurant is Côte de Boeuf or Lobster. On Sunday you can do the Oyster
Experience and every Monday you can enjoy a whole lobster for €25. Visit website

Het Pakhuis
A good restaurant for a fair price. Hidden in a small alley, you will find this little pearl. Good food for good prices! Visit website


Jamón Jamón
Spanish delicatessen shop.”The most amazing tapas and sandwiches”. If you want a takeaway sandwich, this is the place! I don’t need to say more….

Broodje van Toen
A friendly lunchroom for lunch or take away sandwiches.What you see is what you get! Try a “wit broodje half-om-half gehaktbal”. Visit Facebook page

Vivere la dolce vita. I often have lunch here. Very tasty dishes. For a good breakfast in the morning or an Antipasti in the afternoon. “Gezelligheid” guaranteed! Visit website

All day brunch by Teds. Situated near Het Spaarne. A good spot for brunch or lunch. Not a very large menu, but whatever you choose is very tasty.  Visit website


If you’re a true coffee lover. Then this V-bar is the place to be! The barista brings you an excellent cup of coffee. The Cappuccino is the best! It is also the hotspot for breakfast or a healthy lunch. Visit website


De Jopenkerk
After wandering through this beautiful city, take a stop at the Jopenkerk. Here you can buy a Haarlems brewed beer named Jopen! The waiters are glad to tell you all about it. Enjoy your stay between the copper kettles and take a typical Dutch snack “the bitterball”. Visit website

Van Beinum
A good place to have a drink with your friends. Summer and winter (with heater) there is a nice terrace. Every Tuesday it’s Steak Frites night for 10 euros. Visit website


The Basilique St. Bavo
This unique cathedral is compared with Sagrada Familia, Sacre-Coeur and Westminster Cathedral. Do you like a unique experience, then a visit to “the creatures of the cathedral” is a must. In the open air on the roofs, towers and buttresses of the Koepelkathedraal the creatures rule and bring you along in their bizarre world. Book your tickets here / visit website.


Anno Haarlem
(Grote Markt left from the VVV information shop)
In a cellar under the townhall you will find a small museum where the history of Haarlem is explained. A short animation film shows you the existence of Haarlem. Entrance is free.

Frans Hals Museum
If you’re a lover of ancient art, you can’t miss this museum. Art from the 16th and 17th century are exhibited in several rooms, peaking at the room with the shooter pieces of Frans Hals. If you prefer modern art, at the Grote Markt you will find an auxiliary branche of this museum. Visit website

Teylers Museum
You like science, you like art, you want to go back in time? Check out the oldest museum of the Netherlands, also known as the museum of wonder. A diversity of experiences will surprise you! Visit website

Check out this video about the Teylers Museum.