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
Bistro Malle JanSmart French bistro in the heart of the beautiful old town.


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In Den Doofpot
Michelin star food and service at a relatively affordable price.


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Lot en de Walvis
Lot & de WalvisSun-drenched terrace by the water, and some of the best food in Leiden. You will need to book at all times though.


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Brasserie de Engelenbak
De EngelenbakElegant 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.


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Bocconi
Unpretentious and friendly Italian restaurant that offers fantastic value for money. All the pasta is made in house.


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Het Koethuis

het KoetshuisSecluded café/restaurant nestled in the shadow of the old de Burcht keep. Beautiful terrace, great food and friendly staff.


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De Vlot

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.


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Annie’s

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.


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‘t Suppiershuysinghe

Café ‘t SuppiershuysingheCharming ‘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.


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Restaurant Jacob

Restaurant JacobChic restaurant serving French-style cuisine. Excellent 4-course menu for 35 Euros.


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