Leiden offers a huge variety of cafés restaurants and bars to suit all tastes – more than 200 at the last count!
In no particular order, our personal top 10 are:
Bistro Malle Jan
Smart French bistro in the heart of the beautiful old town.
In Den Doofpot
Michelin star food and service at a relatively affordable price.
Friendly and welcoming fusion/Asian restaurant close to the train station. The menu caters for all tastes.
Brasserie de Engelenbak
Elegant bistro in the shadow of a 17th-century church serving an eclectic and seasonally changing menu. Local organic produce are used wherever possible in the dishes.
Unpretentious and friendly Italian restaurant that offers fantastic value for money. All the pasta is made in house.
Secluded café/restaurant nestled in the shadow of the old de Burcht keep. Beautiful terrace, great food and friendly staff.
Angular and glass-paned, de Vlot sits on a platform right in the harbour. Great views all year, and in warm weather fantastic to sit on it’s open-air terrace. A relaxing spot for coffee, a beer or a glass of wine. Also serves great snacks and sandwiches.
Lively and popular café with terrace on pontoons at the divergence of the Old and New Rijn canals. The cafe offers a large range of beers, excellent lunch snacks and great evening meals.
Charming ‘olde-worlde’ cafe and bar right in the centre of the old town. Delicious coffee and homemade cakes, and freshly made sandwiches are it’s speciality. There is no service; you order at the bar.
Good food, lively atmosphere, wonderfully situated next to Pieterskerk. Highly recommended!