The 66 best places to visit during a city trip in Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is the proud capital of Fryslân. In the beautiful old town you will find no less than 575 national monuments. So there is plenty to see during a city walk. But Leeuwarden has more in store. Here you will find a number of unique museums and you can enjoy shopping in atmospheric streets. In Leeuwarden there are also plenty of places to discover where you can pop down for a cup of coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks. So enjoy it!

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De Pluymgraaff

When you enter the cozy, colorful shop De Pluymgraaff you get greedy when you see all the fun stuff for young and old.

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Alibi Hostel

Sleep in Leeuwarden's only hostel in a unique place, namely an old prison, hang out at the bar and rent a bike.

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At Ny-Na you look your eyes out with all the cute kitschy retro clothes. You will also find crazy bags, children's toys, gifts and so on.

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Pier Pander Museum

Located in the Prinsentuin, this museum showcases the work from the estate of the Frisian sculptor Pier Pander. Please note the limited opening hours.

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Our recommendations for a delicious lunch in Leeuwarden

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Kattencafé Poespas

The cat café offers a house for 8 to 10 especially domestic and cuddly addicted cats. Want to cuddle them over a cup of coffee or tea?

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Sint Bonifatiuskerk

The Sint Bonifatiuskerk has a long history and is a feast for the eyes. In summer you can visit the beautiful church and climb the tower.

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Het Broodhuys

For a nice sandwich, a good burger or a tasty soup combined with a cup of coffee you are at the right place at Het Broodhuys.

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Historic shopping street with the waterfront basements where the goods were unloaded. Discover the birthplace of Mata Hari at nr 33.

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Nice B&B's in the city center of Leeuwarden

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House of Taste

For quality products with a delicious taste, go to House of Taste. The assortment consists of beautiful products from home and abroad.

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The Stadhuis is located right in the centre of Leeuwarden. This beautiful building was built in 1715 and has had many changes over time.

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Museum de Grutterswinkel

Go back in grandmother's time and admire the exhibition and all the authentically furnished rooms while sipping coffee and a real Frysk Dúmke.

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It used to be a lot of action, weighed and measured here. Nowadays, an atmospheric lunchroom is housed in this centuries-old building.

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Monique shows you the beautiful Leeuwarden

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De Oldehove

This leaning, unfinished tower has a long history and, despite its special, unique appearance, is an important symbol in Leeuwarden.

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The beautiful Grote or Jacobijnerkerk church is located in the centre of Leeuwarden and was built between 1275 and 1310 in an impressive Gothic style.

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Galerie de Roos van Tudor

For lovers of contemporary art, Galerie de Roos van Tudor is a nice stop during a day in the city.

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Keukencafé TOTT

The tastiest satay in Leeuwarden is served at Keukencafé TOTT. Also for fish lovers and vegetarians there are tasty dishes on the menu.

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Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

In the Princessehof ceramics museum you will find ceramic works by leading artists such as Karel Appel, Picasso, Lucebert and Armando.

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From beautiful handmade jewelry, creatively assembled furniture and ceramic artworks. Here you will find a varied range of art.

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Fries Museum

Do you want to learn more about Friesland during a nice day in the city? Then visit the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden.

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Natuurmuseum Fryslân

Go on an adventure in nature. Be amazed by Captain Severein's treasures, the imposing jaws of a blue whale and much more.

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A Guide to Leeuwarden

Get to know Leeuwarden through a city walk with a local guide who will love to show you all the beautiful parts of the city and tell the best stories.

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City Centre Tante Agaath

Housed in a beautiful 17th century building, this luxury apartment is located in the heart of Leeuwarden and exudes a delightful, cosy atmosphere.

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Barrevoets is a fresh, cozy place where you can enjoy a delicious special beer, lunch and cup of coffee. You feel welcome right away!

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The picturesque courtyard Het Boshuisengasthuis is a national monument in Leeuwarden. It's nice to take a look and feel the peace.

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Leonidas Leeuwarden

In this narrowest shop in the Netherlands you will find the most delicious handmade chocolates and the most delicious chocolate of top quality.

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Spellekijn you visit for the best games. Because the assortment consists of more than 25000 products, it is difficult to choose between all games.

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There is always something to do in this historic place. Discover the creative businesses, visit an exhibition or a cultural event.

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Post-Plaza Hotel & Grand Café

Located in an old post office you will find the beautiful Post-Plaza. There are 82 beautiful rooms and in the grand café you can drink and eat delicious dishes.

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This park is located on the north side of the city centre and has been donated to the population by Koning Willem l. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city here.

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Double B

In the mansion of Double B you can create your own burger by choosing things like the sandwich, the burger and toppings.

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Paddy O'Ryan

For a pleasant evening of drinking, eating and enjoying live music in a nice atmosphere, you should definitely visit Paddy O'Ryan.


Tres Jolie

Looking for a nice gift or something unique for your interior? Get inspired and take a look at the cosy, homely shop Tres Jolie.


Oranje Hotel Leeuwarden

For more than 140 years, the Oranje Hotel has been decorating the city centre. It offers stylish rooms with state-of-the-art facilities, a nice terrace and more.

38 Dresses and a Suit

At 38 Dresses and a Suit you succeed for a complete outfit. From a nice dress and a beautiful piece of jewellery to matching shoes and a bag.


Restaurant Us Heit

Enjoy royal in an 18th century palace at Us Heit. The delicious culinary delights are provided by chek-chef Jelmer Haga.


IJssalon La Venezia

At IJssalon La Venezia you come for the tastiest scoop of ice cream. The secret recipe and the loving method of preparation create the most delicious flavors.


Designed For Maria Vintage Clothing

Small but striking vintage clothing store with plenty of clothing and accessories for 1980.



At ZenZi you will find everything that has to do with mind and lifestyle products. Think for example of greeting cards, incense and meditation cushions.


Restaurant Eindeloos

At Restaurant Eindeloos you will enjoy a culinary evening of pure dishes with surprising taste combinations and always full of conviviality.


Zuivelhoeve Leeuwarden

For the most delicious delicacies visit De Zuivelhoeve. Whether you're a cheese head or you like tapas. They have something for everyone.



At Jolijt you look your eyes out with all the beautiful products of different brands, you smell delicious smells and there is a cozy music on it.


City Centre De Rozenboom

City Centre Guesthouse De Rozenboom is housed in a listed 17th century building in the heart of Leeuwarden.

De Wereld van Thee

In the World of Tea, the choice is huge from 300 types of loose tea. The real tea lovers can see, smell and taste everything here.



Here you can enjoy a tasty lunch or a delicious High Tea in historic atmospheres. The atmospheric decor and the lovely terrace complete it.


Appartement Slapen op de gracht

Relax in this houseboat at the view over the water and dream floating away. The city centre is also within walking distance.

Vintageshop 2Thepoint

A wonderful mess!! Vintageshop 2thepoint for unique vintage and retro-inspired clothing, gifts, accessories, meeting and more...


Van der Velde Boeken

Van der Velde Boeken not only sells books, but many more fun such as cozy board games, fun movies, long play plates and gadgets.


Fletcher Hotel Stadhouderlijk Hof

This historic hotel is not only beautiful, it also has beautiful rooms with palaeise feel and a restaurant in 18th century decor.


Kelder65 has a unique look due to the low ceiling and the atmospheric décor. Here you can have a nice drink or lunch with your company.


Wereldwinkel Leeuwarden

For an original handmade gift or for something nice in your home you should take a look at the Wereldwinkel. And you contribute to the world.


Kleintheater De vier Pelikanen

The smallest Art Nouveau theatre in Europe. In the magical monumental building you can enjoy concerts, theatre, cabaret, lectures and exhibitions.


Eetcafé Het Leven

At Het Leven you will experience a casual, cozy atmosphere thanks to the smooth service and the delicious lunch and dinner dishes that are on the menu.



In this old post office it is very special to have dinner or lunch. The grand and atmospheric décor make it a unique place.


Villa Kakelbont

Villa Kakelbont is located in a lovely house within walking distance of the city centre. Sleep in a room overlooking the garden and relax on the roof terrace.

Boutique Hotel Catshuis

This boutique hotel is located in one of the most beautiful historic buildings of Leeuwarden. Sleeping in the Cats room exceeds all your expectations.

City Boutique B&B De Roos

Furnished as a stay for the whole family, together or alone. De Roos is located in a charming house a 10-minute walk from the centre.


If you don't want to cook but are hungry for a tasty, healthy meal then Smakelijk is a perfect alternative to a delicious dish.


Restaurant By Ús

An evening of enjoying delicious organic dishes at By Ús. Thanks to the cooperation with regional companies, the products are fresh.


B&B Kia Ora

Stay in one of the spacious, luxurious rooms at B&B Kia Ora and feel at home in the quiet and characteristic Monnikemuurstraat in the heart of the city.


City House De Rozenboom

Located on the quiet stately Grote Kerkstraat you will find De Rozenboom. The property is housed in a listed building and fully furnished.

Parkeergarage Hoeksterend

Parking on the north side of the city is great in this spacious car park near the Jumbo. The walk to the centre runs through the Voorstreek.


Parkeerplaats Fonteinland

Cheap parking is possible at the Fonteinland car park on the west side of the city. In more than 10 minutes walk you are in the center.



Full of enthusiasm, the staff of the VVV informs you about everything there is to experience in the area of catering, sightseeing and shopping.


Parkeergarage De Klanderij

In this large somewhat older parking garage there is almost always a place to find. The city centre can be reached quickly on foot from the south.


P+R Station Leeuwarden

In the car park behind the Station Leeuwarden you can park your car cheaply. The walk to the city centre takes a quarter of an hour.


NS Station Leeuwarden

This train station is located on the south side of the city centre. Take the exit to Stationsplein and walk to the city centre in over 5 minutes.

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