The 106 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.
This modern paradise is located in the middle of the old town. A beautiful shop full of artful accessories and original bags where choosing is difficult.
With so many wonderful cooking items you will not get bored. The wide range and good service make this a paradise for cooking lovers.
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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.
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Is pampered culinary. The chef determines the menu based on what you like and don't like. Vegetarians are thought of.
Set in a renovated 19th-century school, College Hotel Alkmaar offers fine rooms with city views, a terrace and a bar.
Looking for a gift or just something original. Atelier de Voordam is full of unique and artistic products, made by people with disabilities.
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.
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What could be better than well-baked fries with a delicious sauce of your choice or homemade stew? They know what to do here.
This building has had many functions over time. From monastery to restaurant. A place where the rich history can still be felt.
Organic soups, fair coffee, vintage furniture and sugar-free pastries. SOOPPP is 100% vegetarian and also always offers vegan options.
Step inside and imagine yourself back in time. Taste in this authentic candy shop of draught licorice, syrup soldiers, poffertjes, apple pie and more.
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The Old Town houses a beautiful collection of Afghan jewels and objects. Marvel at antique jewelry, sometimes more than 200 years old.
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.
The beautiful colors and delicious scents of flowers will meet you here. In addition to beautiful bouquets, you will also find beautiful, artful vases.
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.
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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.
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.
Experience the Middle Ages. The Kaeskoppenstad event brings Alkmaar history to life together with 750 extras.
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.
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Historical photo collections, toys from ancient times, painting and modern art. Get to know the history and culture of Alkmaar.
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.
Visit Wijn van Daan for delicious, often organic, quality wines and good advice on the tasty drinks and various wine-food combinations.
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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At Lou & Blue you will score fun children's clothing, accessories and toys for both the smallest and slightly older boys and girls.
What's good comes from fresh. Under this motto, pure and healthy food is prepared in this brassie. Mostly vegetarian, vegan and local.
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 cats are happily hopping around in this unique cat café where people with disabilities have a workplace and you can go with computer problems.
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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.
Lunch or dinner at this historic place in the heart of Alkmaar. Dining in higher spheres? Then book the turret and enjoy the view.
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.
From the characteristic building you have a view of the Grote Kerk of Alkmaar. Ideal starting point for day shopping and discovering the city.
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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.
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.
Pokebowls are central here. A healthy dish blown over from Hawaii. Choose from the heavenly shrimps, salmon rainbow or create your own bowl.
Enjoy the most special beers of Brewery de Moersleutel on the 1500 m2 sunny terrace at Hal25. Nice to relax with friends.
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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.
While enjoying a delicious cappuccino, you get honest and professional styling and clothing advice in a relaxed atmosphere.
Plunge down at IJkgebouw, located in a historic building on the canal where you can enjoy the sun, breakfast, lunch, dinner and tasty drinks.
To get hungry! You can see real craftsmen with love preparing the organic breads, egg cakes and apple pie.
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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.
A tasteful shared dining concept. Surrender to the ability of the kitchen and taste snacks from different continents.
At the Alkmaars Koffiehuis it is always cozy thanks to the accessible homely atmosphere, good food & drinks and fun musical activities.
Here men and women's feet find the most beautiful high fashion shoe fashion. Shoes you've been able to see on the best European catwalks.
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The warm, intimate restaurant of Marcel and Cindy meets hospitality and gastronomy. Cooked with flavors of the season.
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.
Vintage and industrial furniture lovers can browse here on Friday and Saturday in search of a unique lamp, cabinet or other item.
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.
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Here you will find impressive vintage pearls that will boost your interior. From beautiful furniture and accessories to industrial lighting.
The Fallon guarantees a relaxing stay. The boutique hotel with fitness, bar and garden is housed in a former prison building.
Walk in to Harvest for healthy, organic meal salads, soup, juice, smoothie or coffee with something delicious. Delicious and responsible.
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.
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Kuhne combines modern design with vintage. The shop is full of retro furniture, accessories, art and a special collection of vinyl and books.
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.
This centrally located hotel with parking spaces is located on the Singelgracht opposite the Clarissenbolwerk. You walk right into the cozy city from here.
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In the heart of the old town of Alkmaar you will be welcomed and enjoy dishes with fresh seasonal products and unique taste combinations.
SPRDLX feels like a cosy living room and is full of beautiful, unique products. From handmade leather bags to accessories, plants and illustrations.
Hidden under large chestnut trees is the Kruithuisje. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in this small 5-metre gallery.
A concept store full of sustainable, hip, handmade products and fun gifts. Passionately selected by Anna & Renée.
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A cosy eatery with a casual and personal atmosphere. The dishes are fresh and affordable. From the Bigbanger burger to changing dishes.
A lifestyle shop full of tough, rural, but also romantic home accessories, furniture, bags and clothing. All this in a beautiful building.
For beautiful antique and brocante furniture and home accessories you are at MEUK, on the Alkmaar canals, at the right place.
They combine the self-designed furniture collection here with a beautiful collection of retro lighting, separate home accessories and unique gifts.
Samen in de Keuken is Emmy & Wilma, two friends with a passion for cooking, good food, special stuff and pampering.
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.
Above the equally nice restaurant in d'Oude Stad of Alkmaar are a few atmospheric vintage/retro rooms with a view of the garden.
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.
A brewery café opened out of passion and love for local products. Taste your own beers like the Alkmaar brewery Astronaut.
This church from the 15th century can be visited. The beautiful interior is also a regular stage for exhibitions, conventions and concerts.
Who doesn't know John Lennon, Paul Mccartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr? Here's all about The Fab Four, the Beatles.
Experience the world of Cheese through historical objects, interactive games and audiovisual stories in this museum in the Waag building.
This 4-star hotel offers tastefully furnished designer rooms and is housed in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Alkmaar.
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.
Taste the artisanal ice cream of the Mient. Can also be ordered from the water. Loud the bell from your boat and order.
The tastiest artisan fries of Alkmaar can be found at the Vlaminck. Delicious with mayonnaise, joppie, samurai or one of the other sauces.
Be careful not to knock anything over! This gallery is full of the finest glass art by visual artist Loes Reek and other artists.
A home store where you get a second living room feeling. Here you can also enjoy breakfast, lunch and homemade cakes.
Away from the busy and noisy city centre? Then step into this hidden courtyard and enjoy the tranquility of this historic courtyard garden
Here they pay attention to everything that grows and blooms and cook as much as possible with the seasons. Delicious, pure food and drink.
For personal advice and questions about whisky you have come to the right place. Full of passion, they tell you about the different bottles.
A tough store full of army goods. For everyday use, but also useful for camping and outdoor activities.
A hobby that got out of hand? Perron4 is full of Lego, from unique sets to individual parts. Fun for young and old.
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.
In Alkmaar, beer lovers need nothing, because with over 500 different types of beers there is something for everyone here.
During the summer, let yourself be surprised by a concert or performance on this cultural square or rest at one of the restaurants.
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.
The passion for beads can be seen in the beautiful collection. They have strands of precious stones, freshwater pearls, metal pendants and much more.
Wolf Hotel Kitchen & Bar is just steps away from the highlights of Alkmaar and guests can enjoy delicious cuisine in the restaurant.
Enjoy a good breakfast, coffee, homemade cakes, a healthy lunch, extensive High Tea or a High Wine at Anne&Max.
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.
At this hostel and nearby hotel you will find a mixed company from backpackers to businessmen.
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.
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!
Sit directly in this tiki bar for a cocktail or homemade burger. Prepared with fresh ingredients and baked on the lava grill. Aloha!
The first Scottish restaurant in the Netherlands. The dishes are as authentic as possible and made with fresh ingredients.
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.
Stroll around the beautiful living collection at Living Roots and taste a nice sandwich and good cup of coffee in the nicely furnished lunchroom.
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.
Car park with convenient parking rates located on the west side of the city center behind the station Alkmaar Centraal.
Visit TIP for information and tips on attractions, activities and excursions in Alkmaar and surroundings. Also small souvenir shop available.
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.
Spacious parking location easily accessible from the A9 motorway. You walk from the south-east side to the center in a few 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.
Cheap parking in the car park at the Jagerstraat on the north side of the center of Alkmaar.
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.
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.
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