A Romantic Meal for a Romantic Date

Heather Tucker, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is in the air, even here in Holland. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, flowers are being selected and small gifts are being wrapped.

In general Valentine’s Day is not celebrated with as much gusto as in many other countries but a romantic meal out is becoming more and more popular.

Delfts Blue kisses

With so many restaurants available, especially in the bigger cities, it can be hard to choose where to go. Here are a few spots you might want to take a look at.

Utrecht

De Zakkendrager

When people talk about this restaurant, words like “gem”, “hidden” and “atmospheric” are often used. Steeped in history, the front part of the restaurant was known as the Guildhall of Bag Carriers (Gildehuis der Zakkendragers), an important part of a larger complex for the guild of transporters, from which the restaurant gets its name. Behind the restaurant is a walled English garden. Inside, the menu is ample and features a generous vegetarian selection.

  • Address: Zakkendragerssteeg 26, 3511 AA, Utrecht 
  • Opening Times: Daily from 12-11pm 
  • Telephone: +31 (0) 30 23 17 578

Haarlem

Fris Restaurant

With a focus on organic and local products, you can be certain that the dishes on the ever-changing menu are going to be full of flavour. The food at Fris is inspired by “French international cuisine enriched with culinary interpretations of Dutch dishes”. Prices can be a little more than what some people might want to spend for a dinner out but Valentine’s Day arrangements are on offer.

  • Address: Twijnderslaan 7, 2012 BG, Haarlem 
  • Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm 
  • Telephone: +31 (0) 23 53 10 717
Herengracht Amsterdam by night

Amsterdam

De Belhamel

It is the views of the Herengracht and the Art Nouveau interior that really steal the show at De Belhamel. Serving French and Italian inspired dishes, you and your date will be swept back to the romantic early 20th century – Parisian style.

  • Address: Brouwersgracht 60, 1013 GX, Amsterdam 
  • Opening Times: Lunch daily from 12-4pm; Dinner – Sunday to Thursday, 6-10pm and Friday to Saturday, 6-10:30pm 
  • Telephone: +31 (0) 20 62 21 095

Heather Tucker is a travel writer and blogger originally from the USA, www.cloggiecentral.com