Where to have lunch whenever you’re hiking the streets of Alkmaar. The last time I visited the city I was with Paulien and the 3 kids. They all suggested to have lunch at the HEMA, do you want to believe that? For me the HEMA is way to ordinary and especially no option whenever you know that Alkmaar has much better to offer than that. For example the Restaurant De Buren right in the historical center of Alkmaar, a place with much more character for sure!
The very nice Restaurant De Buren is located In the middle of Alkmaar and has an unique place combined with the history of the very nearby Visbank (former fish market). The rustic building has for many years been a beacon of hospitality, tradition and culinary class on travelers level. In both the summer and winter you can enjoy the beautiful and completely renewed terrace, because it is heated. We witnessed that the staff was professional and very friendly. For the lunch De Buren will offer the an nice menu of pita sandwiches, salads, high tea and coffee beverages. We enjoyed our hot shredded ham sandwich (a beef sandwich of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense long Italian-style roll) and old Dutch cheese sandwich to go with coffee and ice-tea.
This restaurant is located in one of the many small streets in the old Alkmaar city center. The street is called FNIDSEN, what is derived from the word VENICE (Alkmaar has canals too!). Around one corner is the famous wooden house with the canon ball; around the other corner you end up at the famous cheese market square.
Favorite Dish: I enjoined grilled chicken and it almost melted in my mouth. And that after a free soup as a starter.
The restaurant has been recommended to us by a guy from Grand Hotel Alkmaar. We were a bit skeptic at first, as experienced told us that it is quite difficult to find good Thai restaurant outside Thailand (at least to satisfy our taste buds), but the guy was right. Food was very fresh and tasty. We liked it so much we came back there next day, and if we could probably the next day after that.
Meal for two with drinks (one alcoholic ) came to apprx Eur45-50
Favorite Dish: Prawns or Chicken in creamy red curry sauce with cocounut cream, and Tom Yam.
This is a very reasonable Italian restaurant in the centre of town beside one of the canals. The menu includes all the usual pasta dishes and a good selection of pizzas, plus additional meat and fish entrees. We ate here with a group of friends before the football match. I chose straciattella soup and spaghetti al arabiatta. The soup was good as was the arabiatta sauce, but the spaghetti was a little over-cooked for my taste. Portions were generous and the bread with herb butter that arrived automatically on our table (and was topped up without asking) was excellent, as was the Warsteiner beer. The service was friendly and the bill per person for two courses and two small beers was just 20 euros.
Favorite Dish: The bread and butter!
Just slightly upmarket Chinese restaurant, with a higher quality to an otherwise recognisable menu. Although a Mongolian menu is not often seen in Chinese restaurants. Excellent chicken and pineapple, also excellent teppan of crab, shrimp, beef, chicken and pork. Very good fried rice.
Open every day from 11 -23 hrs.
Accepts all creditcards
Favorite Dish: Just over € 20 per person, one main course, drinks and coffee.
1 Pou Lou Kai (chicken and pineapple), 14,50 euro
1 Tiepang House, 17,50 euro
The photos of the dishes are on my mobile phone and I can't get them off yet!
Well patronised buffetstyle restaurant (with a small lunch menu) situated under the Golden Tulip hotel. The lunch buffet includes juice, milk, coffee, tea, various kinds of bread and sliced cheese or meats, soup and a hot snack and salads. All for € 7,80 per person.
From 17 hrs on you can eat your fill at the wok buffet. Choose your ingredients and sauce and the chef will stirfy it for you.
Not haute cuisine but both good deals!
I’m not sure how to classify this restaurant, maybe French cuisine? I would say the menu is varied. The Hof van Alkmaar is a romantic restaurant with a beautiful courtyard. It used to be the St. Maria Magdalena monastery and later the residence of the Prince of Oranje, Diederik Sonoy. We happened to stop for lunch there and in comes a reception for a wedding from across the street at the Stadhuis. Was a beautiful afternoon and the courtyard was a perfect place for such and occasion.
I can't believe we didn't take a picture of the place. We did however get it on video
Favorite Dish: I had the Soep en de dag (soup of the day), which was a cheese soup. Was very yummy. I forget the price; I think it was around €4. My husband enjoyed the Hollandaise biefstuk.
Yes, I like this place. First of all its old architecture. It has a tower where one can dine in a super romantic setting (2-4 persons). You can sit outside on a nice summer day and watch the bustle of city life pass you by.
You're welcomed by a nice young man. All the staff are young actually. But good service. We discussed a possible dinner for 100 people. We got our drinks for free.
And were allowed to look everywhere. They do mystery dinners too. And on exiting, the nice young man asked if we had everything we needed to know.
Favorite Dish: Hot chocolate with whipped cream?!
The cafe is best enjoyed on its outside terrace. On of many on the square where on Fridays, during season, the cheese market takes place.
Favorite Dish: Various coffees at 1,50 euro. Not expensive!
Grand Café type restaurant. Unfortunately I did not have a photo from the inside. Lunch was good though.
On a second visit we were able to dine at Hof van Alkmaar, instead of just enjoying a drink. Good food, good prices.
It is worth looking out for poffertjes - tiny pancakes served piping hot with melted butter and a dusting of icing sugar. It is sooooo delicious!!!
We sat on the terrace enjoying our freedom so we decided to get ourselves a coffee with an apple cake....we were quite shocked when we got the bill.....more then 11 Euro for the both of us!