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.
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.
Treat yourself to Utrecht's best gelato, right on the edge of the central canal.
Find the secret swing at Oudegracht Canal.
Walk off 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.