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The best cafes in Alkmaar

The welcoming historic town centre of Alkmaar has plenty of beautiful architecture and great shops to offer, but also a broad range of cosy cafes and restaurants. There are many atmospheric, authentic pubs and hip, trendy bars. So if you want to relax with a drink after visiting the cheese market or a stroll along the beautiful canals, there is ample choice. We have selected several great addresses so you will not have to waste time searching for the right place.

  • Enjoy a drink or two at one of the best cafés in Alkmaar.
  • Read more on which cafés are worth a visit right here.
  • Experience what makes each café unique.

Café 't Hartje

This has been a welcoming old-fashioned pub for years now, where you can have a cup of coffee in the morning and a stiff drink at night. They also have a large terrace on Waagplein square in summer.

Adress: Houttil 28.

Café Berrie's

A cosy cafe on Waagplein square with live music on a regular basis and a salsa dance night on the first floor every Friday.

Adress: Houttil 24.

Café 't Kooltuintje

A welcoming musical cafe featuring a ‘metal night’ every last Friday of the month. Most importantly, it has a lovely terrace near the water.

Adress: Kooltuin 11.

Café Stapper

A bustling cafe near the Platte Stenenbrug bridge where they love music. There is a 'Stapper jam' with a good band followed by an ‘open mike’ every last Thursday of the month.

Adress: Verdronkenoord 127.

De koning

An old-fashioned pub where you can enjoy a great pancake or simple lunch every afternoon. A great meeting place at night and a party with excellent DJs every weekend.

Adress: Verdronkenoord 114b.

Café Unie XS

A stylish, modern cafe with great wines and a menu with attractive small snacks.

Adress: Koorstraat 12.

Ons café 't Kantoor

A cosy and popular cafe in a beautiful old building near the Visbanken and Platte Stennenbrug bridge.

Adress: Verdronkenoord 110.

Proeflokaal de Boom

A traditional cafe for those who love life beneath the Beer Museum in Alkmaar. They serve many specialty beers and have a barge for a terrace in summer.

Adress: Houttil 1.


This great cafe/restaurant occupies a stately building on Waagplein square. There is ample of space on several floors. In addition to a good menu this place has a welcoming bar where you can have a drink.

Adress: Houttil 18.

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