Utrecht is Amsterdam’s quieter, more peaceful sibling, giving visitors a chance to wander at their own pace. Utrecht is similar to Amsterdam in design – the canals, waterfront restaurants, museums and shopping is reminiscent of the bigger neighbour to the north. I stayed with family in Utrecht and crammed as much as I could see and eat into those 24 hours.
Start your day with breakfast at Cafe Olivier, a beautiful church-turned-restaurant in the heart of Utrecht.
Visit the little statue of Anne Frank in Janskerk.
Spend your morning exploring the peaceful little canals that Dutch cities are so well known for.
Make your way towards the skyline’s iconic Dom Tower.
Treat yourself to Utrecht’s best gelato, right on the edge of the central canal: Venezia Gelato.
Find the secret swing at Oudegracht Canal.
Treat yourself to a light lunch at the lovely little De Griffel Restaurant.
Walk of your lunch at the Zonnenburg Park, making sure to explore the Centraal Museum just next door.
Pop in for an early dinner at the Loft 88 Restaurant, attached to a local horse barn and just as rustic and magical as you would hope.
Go for an after-dinner stroll through Sandwijck Gardens; a gorgeous estate on the outskirts of town and easily accessible by bike.
*Including photos by Lot