The 114 best places to visit during a city trip in Alkmaar
Alkmaar is best known as the cheese town. But besides the Cheese Market there is much more to do in this historic city. Stroll through d'Oude stad with its authentic shops, visit one of the hidden courtyards or find the cosiness on the Waagplein or the Platte Stenenbrug. With its beautiful canals, Alkmaar is also good to discover from the water. Go on a cruise or navigate under the low bridges with a rented boat.
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At this talent breeding ground they hold a tasting session every month on Thursday, a Friday afternoon drink and on Sunday quizzes or live music.
This centrally located hotel with parking spaces is located on the Singelgracht opposite the Clarissenbolwerk. You walk right into the cozy city from here.
For beautiful antique and brocante furniture and home accessories you are at MEUK, on the Alkmaar canals, at the right place.
A cosy eatery with a casual and personal atmosphere. The dishes are fresh and affordable. From the Bigbanger burger to changing dishes.
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Books, books, books everywhere! Among the thousands of books you will surely find the one book that will make your heart beat faster.
To get hungry! You can see real craftsmen with love preparing the organic breads, egg cakes and apple pie.
The Fallon guarantees a relaxing stay. The boutique hotel with fitness, bar and garden is housed in a former prison building.
The most colorful store of Alkmaar. A suitable outfit is found because all clothing and accessories are nicely sorted by color.
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They combine the self-designed furniture collection here with a beautiful collection of retro lighting, separate home accessories and unique gifts.
Hop on a sightseeing boat and explore Alkmaar from the water. Beware! During the trek you have to bend down 22 times for low bridges.
This family shop can be visited for over a century. The old shop window, the clogs in the old wooden shelves and antique cash register bring you back in time.
Enjoy a good breakfast, coffee, homemade cakes, a healthy lunch, extensive High Tea or a High Wine at Anne&Max.
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This building has had many functions over time. From monastery to restaurant. A place where the rich history can still be felt.
SPRDLX feels like a cosy living room and is full of beautiful, unique products. From handmade leather bags to accessories, plants and illustrations.
At the Alkmaars Koffiehuis it is always cozy thanks to the accessible homely atmosphere, good food & drinks and fun musical activities.
Let yourself be surprised by the unique character of the streets in this district. The old merchant and warehouses now offer space for creative shops.
What is malting and why is yeast so important? In De Boom they love to tell you all about it. Tasting can also be done in the tasting room underneath the museum.
Hidden under large chestnut trees is the Kruithuisje. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in this small 5-metre gallery.
Stay in this beautiful Art Nouveau city villa right in the center of Alkmaar. The apartment has its own kitchen and parking space.
A beautiful shop where the atmosphere of the past comes back in a modern twist. From beautiful toys to exciting children's and youth books.
Around the Platte Stenenbrug you will find cozy cafes and you can enjoy the sun on a terrace. From here you walk right into Old Town.
Organic soups, fair coffee, vintage furniture and sugar-free pastries. SOOPPP is 100% vegetarian and also always offers vegan options.
Visit Wijn van Daan for delicious, often organic, quality wines and good advice on the tasty drinks and various wine-food combinations.
The passion for beads can be seen in the beautiful collection. They have strands of precious stones, freshwater pearls, metal pendants and much more.
Old Dutch candy shop with the conviviality of the pre-war years. It will be difficult to choose from the many jars full of delicious sweets.
In the heart of the old town of Alkmaar you will be welcomed and enjoy dishes with fresh seasonal products and unique taste combinations.
Here you will find everything for the best party. Let yourself be surprised by the many masks, costumes and the sweet, fun and naughty items.
Lunch or dinner at this historic place in the heart of Alkmaar. Dining in higher spheres? Then book the turret and enjoy the view.
With your feet in the sand, you can imagine yourself on the beach. During the summer months, the enthusiastic staff will let you experience the real summer feeling.
With more than 60,000 miniature cars, the largest car showroom in the Netherlands. But also nostalgic toys made of wood and tin can be found here.
With so many wonderful cooking items you will not get bored. The wide range and good service make this a paradise for cooking lovers.
For personal advice and questions about whisky you have come to the right place. Full of passion, they tell you about the different bottles.
Specialist in cheese for over 100 years. Taste the artisanal taste of the cheese ripened on wooden planks. Kaan' s cheese shop goes for taste!
In the Langestraat it is difficult to get around this national monument. You can regularly see newly-married bridal couples coming down the stairs.
The warm, intimate restaurant of Marcel and Cindy meets hospitality and gastronomy. Cooked with flavors of the season.
At Kowalski you can go for a good cup of coffee, delicious lunch but also for contemporary art and design. A place full of winks and humor.
This church from the 15th century can be visited. The beautiful interior is also a regular stage for exhibitions, conventions and concerts.
Here you will find impressive vintage pearls that will boost your interior. From beautiful furniture and accessories to industrial lighting.
For 50 years this vegetable trade has been found in Alkmaar. In this healthy place you will find vegetables, fruits, complete meals, salads and juices. Delicious.
Enjoy the most special beers of Brewery de Moersleutel on the 1500 m2 sunny terrace at Hal25. Nice to relax with friends.
The beautiful colors and delicious scents of flowers will meet you here. In addition to beautiful bouquets, you will also find beautiful, artful vases.
The cats are happily hopping around in this unique cat café where people with disabilities have a workplace and you can go with computer problems.
RIVS stands for exclusive women's fashion with a timeless twist. In the collection full of luxury brands you will find the right outfit for every occasion.
In addition to cozy indoors, you can also enjoy a nice special beer on the deck barge that is docked in front of the tasting room.
Wolf Hotel Kitchen & Bar is just steps away from the highlights of Alkmaar and guests can enjoy delicious cuisine in the restaurant.
In Alkmaar, beer lovers need nothing, because with over 500 different types of beers there is something for everyone here.
Stroll around the beautiful living collection at Living Roots and taste a nice sandwich and good cup of coffee in the nicely furnished lunchroom.
Here they strive to make you feel really at home. You will find your second house in Alkmaar right on the A9. In the city center you'll be next to that.
What could be better than well-baked fries with a delicious sauce of your choice or homemade stew? They know what to do here.
While enjoying a delicious cappuccino, you get honest and professional styling and clothing advice in a relaxed atmosphere.
In this beautifully decorated human shop you will find everything for a complete look. From good sweaters to trendy sneakers and from warm jackets to accessories.
Away from the busy and noisy city centre? Then step into this hidden courtyard and enjoy the tranquility of this historic courtyard garden
This 4-star hotel offers tastefully furnished designer rooms and is housed in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Alkmaar.
Where used to be the vegetable garden of a castle, you can now find the cabbage garden. One of Alkmaar's most beautiful streets with a few nice shops and a pub.
Experience the Middle Ages. The Kaeskoppenstad event brings Alkmaar history to life together with 750 extras.
At Lou & Blue you will score fun children's clothing, accessories and toys for both the smallest and slightly older boys and girls.
Here passionate coffee makers make the best coffee with a lot of love. For breakfast, lunch, delicious cake and pastries you are also good here.
Experience the world of Cheese through historical objects, interactive games and audiovisual stories in this museum in the Waag building.
Here they pay attention to everything that grows and blooms and cook as much as possible with the seasons. Delicious, pure food and drink.
Be careful not to knock anything over! This gallery is full of the finest glass art by visual artist Loes Reek and other artists.
The entrance on the Oudegracht is not to be missed thanks to the 'wild Hercules'. Behind the door you will find a beautiful, symmetrically landscaped courtyard.
A hobby that got out of hand? Perron4 is full of Lego, from unique sets to individual parts. Fun for young and old.
Taste the famous Lane ice cream. They've been selling one type of ice cream for almost 70 years: vanilla ice cream. Delicious with fruit, nougat or chocolate on top.
In an eighteenth century wine warehouse, you will find Neder. A New Dutch where they cook with what nature offers and dishes reflect seasons.
A home store where you get a second living room feeling. Here you can also enjoy breakfast, lunch and homemade cakes.
The tastiest artisan fries of Alkmaar can be found at the Vlaminck. Delicious with mayonnaise, joppie, samurai or one of the other sauces.
Historical photo collections, toys from ancient times, painting and modern art. Get to know the history and culture of Alkmaar.
Taste the artisanal ice cream of the Mient. Can also be ordered from the water. Loud the bell from your boat and order.
The first Scottish restaurant in the Netherlands. The dishes are as authentic as possible and made with fresh ingredients.
Who doesn't know John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? Here's all about The Fab Four, the Beatles.
During the summer, let yourself be surprised by a concert or performance on this cultural square or rest at one of the restaurants.
Plunge down at IJkgebouw, located in a historic building on the canal where you can enjoy the sun, breakfast, lunch, dinner and tasty drinks.
When you walk in here you will be surprised by a nice album every time. A shop where you can stroll around and listen to music.
Looking for a gift or just something original. Atelier de Voordam is full of unique and artistic products, made by people with disabilities.
Hotel Stad & Land is located opposite the train station and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The rooms are equipped with all the convenient facilities.
Discover a multi-faceted cultural hub in Alkmaar. Industrial heritage comes to life with a mix of art, events and creative expression.
Step into our “happy, healthy place”! Enjoy coffee, lunch, or a fun event. Be sure to discover the vegetarian and vegan delicacies.
A boutique hotel with a unique atmosphere, luxury in light & space. Small, special and with a prime location in the old town.
Vinologist Martijn takes care of the wines. Top wines that you drink during a dinner full of French influences, local produce and vegetables from your own vegetable garden.
Rooms at this hotel all have their own character. It is located in d'Oude Stad and is a few steps from the Cheese Market.
Sit directly in this tiki bar for a cocktail or homemade burger. Prepared with fresh ingredients and baked on the lava grill. Aloha!
Enjoy enchanting flavors at Javanese Girls, Authentic Javanese Cuisine, delicious dishes. A culinary journey in a cozy setting.
This stage offers a diverse mix of theater, music and events in a vibrant setting surrounded by history and creativity.
Discover TwentyOneWood - your stylish urban boutique with Scandinavian vibes. Authentic, inspiring and full of love for fashion.
Here you'll discover an online hotspot for children aged 0-12. Shop clothing, accessories, and toys from beautiful, sustainable brands.
Your city boutique for trendy jewelry, lifestyle and interior. Sustainable, affordable and full of unique pieces that shape your style.
What's good comes from fresh. Under this motto, pure and healthy food is prepared in this brassie. Mostly vegetarian, vegan and local.
A restaurant with a beautiful view of Excise Tower. For surprisingly delicious snacks and served in a perfect time. Be sure to share the goodies.
The place to go for vintage fashion and accessories from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s! Dive into a world of unique vintage treasures and sustainable style.
The Old Town houses a beautiful collection of Afghan jewels and objects. Marvel at antique jewelry, sometimes more than 200 years old.
Step into the Picnic Club and imagine yourself in a Mediterranean atmosphere. Discover boho interior items, tropical vibes, and delicious coffee at the cafe.
Pokebowls are central here. A healthy dish blown over from Hawaii. Choose from the heavenly shrimps, salmon rainbow or create your own bowl.
Discover this culinary treasure. Spoil yourself with tasty dishes in charming surroundings. A place for an unforgettable dining experience
A tasteful shared dining concept. Surrender to the ability of the kitchen and taste snacks from different continents.
A film house with a very diverse, very strong program. Think of good audience films, arthouse films and documentaries that give you food for thought.
Set in a renovated 19th-century school, College Hotel Alkmaar offers fine rooms with city views, a terrace and a bar.
Step inside and imagine yourself back in time. Taste in this authentic candy shop of draught licorice, syrup soldiers, poffertjes, apple pie and more.
Above the equally nice restaurant in d'Oude Stad of Alkmaar are a few atmospheric vintage/retro rooms with a view of the garden.
Detached wheelchair-accessible bungalow on the edge of the center. In peace and among the greenery. With a sunny terrace, located on the water.
Is pampered culinary. The chef determines the menu based on what you like and don't like. Vegetarians are thought of.
Discover Summum Woman, the Amsterdam fashion label that combines quality, personal style and sustainability. Trendy, timeless and versatile.
Bring green to your interior. At Bloosom, you'll find plants, fun items for your interior and accessories under one roof, including care advice.
A lifestyle shop full of tough, rural, but also romantic home accessories, furniture, bags and clothing. All this in a beautiful building.
Explore Alkmaar from a unique apartment. Sustainability meets style in this green oasis, where peace and comfort come together.
At this hostel and nearby hotel you will find a mixed company from backpackers to businessmen.
From the characteristic building you have a view of the Grote Kerk of Alkmaar. Ideal starting point for day shopping and discovering the city.
Enter a unique world dedicated to the passion for visual storytelling. Dive into collections of comics and graphic novels with this comic book specialist.
Cheap parking in the car park at the Jagerstraat on the north side of the center of Alkmaar.
Spacious parking location easily accessible from the A9 motorway. You walk from the south-east side to the center in a few minutes.
Car park with convenient parking rates located on the west side of the city center behind the station Alkmaar Centraal.
For parking in the city centre, this spacious parking garage is an ideal location. You walk from the north side into the inner city of Alkmaar.
Parking garage on the north side of the inner city under the city theatre De Vest. Located close to the Grote Kerk and the Stedelijk Museum.
This train station is located on the north-west side of the city centre. Take the front exit and walk to the city centre in about 10 minutes.
Behind the Waagplein, at the foot of the Waagtoren you will find the VVV. Find out what the region has to offer on the basis of various information.
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