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
In Den Doofpot
Lot en de Walvis
Brasserie de Engelenbak
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.
Chic restaurant serving French-style cuisine. Excellent 4-course menu for 35 Euros.