Jan de Groot lunchroom: Eat the Bossche Bol here
This is the only place where the real Bossche Bol is sold. At least according to the locals. The Bol is chocolate and a lot of whipped cream. It is delicious and typical Den Bosch. You've got to taste it. Don't go here when you've just eaten, because it is quite mighty!
In den Zevenden Hemel: Best carpaccio ever!
This restaurant is cosy and you can sit outside in a lovely street full of restaurants. The menu is extensive and it is very hard to make a decision since you would want to try everything. The menu is international so you will find carpaccio next to kangaroo for example.
Favorite Dish: What you should absolutely take as a starter is the carpaccio. It is the best I have ever eaten anywhere! I'm sure you will like it too!!!
Eating & drinking in Den Bosch: Eating & drinking in Den Bosch
When you're in Den Bosch, you just can't miss all those pretty restaurants. There are two main eating & drinking areas: the most important one is at Korte Putstraat. This street is lined on both sides with bistros and restaurants. Very appealing!
The second area is around Uilenburg.
Well, wherever you end up, food will be plentyful and good.
You're in Noord-Brabant where people know how to live well.
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Different Terraces: Relaxing atmosphere
Den Bosch has many terraces to choose from. These cafes are very popular in the Netherlands and they are always crowded on a sunny day. Some serve drinks only and some offer food as well
Eetcafe "De Stip": more than spare ribs
They don't have big board to tell you "We are here!" But the full busy seating says it. It's always crowded after 7pm, mostly for the food. They don't have paper menu. You have to ask the waitress or read the menu board at the door. Don't worry about cheating price. What you will eat worths every penny you pay. The portion is quite big, especially the spare ribs. I always order the small portion of spare ribs (around 2/3 of normal portion); otherwise, I can't enjoy the included salad and fries. The ineterior decoration is interesting with head statues and many old Dutch stuff.
Favorite Dish: 1. Turnedo: excellent steak, with Parma cheese and pesto sauce. The other steak with mushroom or pepper sauce is also good. But I prefer this Italian style to taste the original flavor of the beef.
2. Spare Ribs: It's the specialty of this restaurant. They cook it in the boiling water first, grill it a bit then, and put home-made sweet-sour sauce. The meat is so soft that you can slit the meet from the bone easily.
Everything in the Korte Putstraat
You can always something to your liking in this charming little street just off the Parade. The Korte Putstraat has grown into a gastronomical delight and is one long continuation of bars and small restaurants.
Don't miss it when you're in Den Bosch, even if you're only after a beer and a small snack!
Cantina San Juan: Best Mexican I have ever eaten
This is a Mexican restaurant and that's the only type of food they serve. You'll be fine by just ordering the fajitas. You can get plenty of extra wraps to put all the meat in. When you're finished eating everything and I dare you you can still choose something else. I have never been able to eat everything I was served.
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Never forget to taste a local speciality! The speciality of 's-Hertogenbosch is the Bossche Bol, a more or less ball-shaped piece of pastry with whipped cream inside and chocolate on the outside. Only one bakery makes the real one but you can find them at many places in the city.
The Bossche Bol is not just another ordinary pastry. It cannot be eaten in an elegant way. It needs to be defeated, torn apart and devoured. You may end up with chocolate in your face, on your hands and on your clothes. The Bossche bol will not easily surrender to you, but in the end you will win. An experience you won't forget!
Restaurant "Het Bosch Kwartiertje": Enjoy Bourgondian atmosphere by coming too late
This little restuarant in an alley in the centre of Den Bosch has a great menucard and a wonderful atnosphere. Here it is even recommended by coming too late, as the name of the restaurant already predicts. People from Den Bosch are traditionally haunted by this saying: a Bosch quarter of an hour ... which means being 15 minutes late.
Favorite Dish: Any Dutch (say Bourgondian) dish is deliscious.
Café Roels: Hockey ladies and rugby guys
I've read somewhere that this pub is frequented by hockey ladies and rugby guys. We were in fact seated next to a group of six ladies, but I doubt whether they actually played hockey.
Nice decoration with wooden beams, and fancy stained glass windows ...
Favorite Dish: We just dropped in to have some 'Glühwein', it was Christmas time after all (28 December 2008).
Cafe Prado: Lunch in a hurry
Coming in to the cafe it turned out to be very full, so we walked out again. But as we did so, the waitress ran after us and said that a table would be free in 5 minutes. This does not happen often in The Netherlands, that staff would go out of their way to get you seated, so we returned and sat at a tiny table. The 6 of us then moved to another table that was a bit more spacious but still small. And yet again to a larger table where we stayed. No problems with that. Unfortunately we had very little time for lunch, so we had to eat very hurriedly. Otherwise, service was fine and the food was excellent. The restaurant remained full during our stay, with new people coming in all the time. A good sign!
Favorite Dish: For € 8,50 I enjoyed an excellent tomato soup, a toastie with Swiss cheese and a sturdy slice of ham, washed down with apple juice.
The famous 'Bossche bol' was € 2,50 (but I didn't order it here).
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Tandoori: Tandoori Heaven
It's more like snack bar than restaurant. The indoor seats are limited so most people prefer take-away or delivery. I prefer sitting outdoors to ejoy my meal, if the weather is good. Everything is home-made, including the Nan (indian bread) and Mango Lassi (Indian milkshake). They provide both Tandoori and Curry. Still don't understand what I'm talking about? don't worry. Just walk in and you will see photo of every dish on the wall. The photo shows what the dish looks like and also the ingredients.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is Lam Tikka, with Nan. Usually, I order small portion (Tandoori voorgerechten). Though "voorgerechten" means "starter" in Dutch, the portion is not like "starter" at all. 2 pieces soft jouicy lam medalion and Nan/ rice (you can choose either of them), with little green salad. Then I would order Mango lassi as drink. Beside this budget meal, you also can get luxury one by normal portion. But I would suggest you to find a mate to share.
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't Opkikkertje: Frogs aplenty
't Opkikkertje (literally: little frog) is a cosy restaurant located conveniently on Den Bosch's main square, the Markt. It looks like a mixture of an English pub and a cafe, and in fact it is. While you can get good food here, many people also come for their "borrelhappetjes", their snacks with a drink. What I liked most about 't Opkikkertje was its friendly, tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. There are frogs everywhere: huge pottery frogs relaxing on the top shelf, tiny little ones croaking together next to the bar, and many more. Even Kermit from the Muppets can be found!
Apart from that the staff is friendly, the food good and the service fast. A good place to go to when you're struck by hunger in the centre of Den Bosch.
Favorite Dish: I had the 12 uurtje (pronounced roughly "twahlf ürt-yeh"), a massive dish of three sandwiches topped with ham, cheese and a Dutch filled croquette, supplemented by a regular salad, a Husar's salad and a tomato soup. It reminded me a bit of Ploughman's Lunch which you can get in southwest England and which is similarly filling. But the 12 uurtje was really good, and if you're very hungry, I can definitely recommend it.
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San Juan, Mexican restaurant
A very cosy decorated mexican restaurant in the heart of the centre of Den Bosch.
The service was fabulous.
My friend Jeanette and I had a "keuzemenu" (20euro) a was fantastic dinner.
It tasted great yammy:-) and served by mexican people only.
Not expense at all, you can make your choice from the menucard.
Cheapest about 17 euro.
Favorite Dish: We had a 3 course dinner : a salade with shrimps, meancourse salmon, various prepared, smoked, grilled, together with pasta and some mexican way prepared beans with pasta, as a desert we choose cafe de la cantina with a liquer.
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Mediterranean bistro-style restaurant. It's a bit darkish inside, which adds to the atmosphere.
Small menu for lunch ; large menu only available for dinner.
Lunch: good selection of foccacia, ciabatta and salads.
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