How to Spend a Day in Utrecht

How to Spend a Day in Utrecht

Utrecht is Amsterdam's quieter, more peaceful sibling, giving visitors a chance to wander at their own pace. Similar to Amsterdam in design, Utrecht still offers visitors the famed Dutch canals, waterfront restaurants, museums and shopping, reminiscent of its bigger neighbour to the north. I stayed with family in Utrecht and crammed as much as I could see and eat into my short time there.

Start your day with breakfast at Cafe Olivier, a beautiful church-turned-restaurant in the heart of Utrecht.

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jana meerman cafe olivier utrecht holland

Then, 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.

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jana meerman utrecht holland

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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jana meerman utrecht holland
jana meerman utrecht holland

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

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jana meerman utrecht

Walk off 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.

jana meerman utrecht
jana meerman utrecht


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