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5 tips for dining out in Leeuwarden

Nothing beats good food in a nice restaurant after an exciting and inspirational day of shopping, museum visits and absorbing the local culture. We've put together a list of the five best restaurants with the cosiest terraces, top wines and the best cuisine Leeuwarden has to offer.

  • Make your way to one of the cosiest terraces in Leeuwarden.
  • Enjoy what Leeuwarden has to offer from a culinary perspective.
  • Discover Leeuwarden's great hospitality.


The unique location alone makes enjoying food and drink at Proefverlof a very special and unforgettable experience. Proefverlof is located in an old prison and boasts a menu filled with a delightful organic cuisine. Also recommended: private dining in one of the old cells. Dining solo? Reserve a spot at the inmate table. The perfect way to meet new people!
Address: Blokhuispoort 40

Grand Cafe Post Plaza

In the old post office, located in the heart of Leeuwarden, you can enjoy a snack or drink at Grand Cafe Post Plaza. Savour the best Frisian steaks and delicious Flammkuchen while relishing in the fabulous atmosphere, curtesy of this beautiful old building.
Address: Tweebaksmarkt 27


Wine and food locale Sjoddy specialises in braised meats, flavoursome fish and delicious vegetarian cuisine inspired by the Italian and Spanish kitchen. The attentive staff always knows the perfect wine to serve and complement your dish.
Address: Druifsteek 55

De Walrus

Good food for a good price, that's exactly what you can expect at Restaurant De Walrus. Staff do their very best to make you feel right at home. De Walrus is furthermore one of the liveliest terraces of Leeuwarden and a local favourite.
Address: Gouverneursplein 37


For those that wish to eat exclusively for a low price, Wannee is definitely worth a visit. This restaurant is run by the enthusiastic and hard-working students of the Hotel School in Leeuwarden. The dishes at Wannee feature vegetables as the main star of the dish, where meat or fish have more of a supporting role. Unique Dutch Cuisine.
Address: Rengerslaan 8

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