how to spend a day in utrecht

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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.

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Visit the little statue of Anne Frank in Janskerk.

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Spend your morning exploring the peaceful little canals that Dutch cities are so well known for.

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Make your way towards the skyline’s iconic Dom Tower.

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Treat yourself to Utrecht’s best gelato, right on the edge of the central canal: Venezia Gelato.

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Find the secret swing at Oudegracht Canal.

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Treat yourself to a light lunch at the lovely little De Griffel Restaurant.

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Walk of your lunch at the Zonnenburg Park, making sure to explore the Centraal Museum just next door.

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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.

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Go for an after-dinner stroll through Sandwijck Gardens; a gorgeous estate on the outskirts of town and easily accessible by bike.

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*Including photos by Lot

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