Every tourist know that central square's restaurants and caffe's are not the places you can find best food and drink. Although aware of that fact I simply cannot resist charming spots on squares such was one in Horn. But I did take some precautions. I skipped the food and ordered just a beer. And it was excellent! With beer you cannot miss!
Café De Volendammer is well known from the world famous song "Het Kleine Café aan de Haven" by Vader Abraham (inventor of the Smurfs). Some people think it is another café in Hoorn and some others even believe that the song is based on the harbour of the Australian city Sydney. The only definite fact is that during this recording in the studio Pierre Kartner made a tape including the tune of the small cafe. At that time Pierre Karner was well acquinted with the woner of the Volemdammer at that time tante (aunt) Mary. So it was the text says that he had based this particular cafe. Around 1980 there was also an additional recordings at Tante Marie in the pub, unfortunately this footage got lost.
But anyway the Volendammer is located in a beautiful old historical house. Its wooden vaulted ceiling and walls, wood booths, mantel and floors give the place a cozy feel, and the ubiquitous pull-tabs, neon beer signs and gig-screen TVs are blessedly absent. It would be worth hanging around such pretty spot just for drinks, but this harbour pub has also a nice menu which offers a well-rounded selection with plenty of healthy options. There are classics such as fish and chips and burgers, with organic produce and sustainably raised meat featuring prominently and an impressive array of unusual salads—for example, greens topped with chicken breast, spiced candied walnuts and blackberries in a blackberry vinaigrette. Enjoy!
In October 2011 Brasserie Buiten took over the former Restaurant Eten en zo!
The menu offers something for everyone, children included. Besides that the cooks will take your preference in account.
we-Sa: 3PM - 11PM
Su: Noon - 11PM
Croissanterie La Marquise is proud to compete since 1994 for the best sandwhich served in the Netherlands.
The small shop with terrace is the place to go to for a wonderful lunch.
Also good for breakfast, soups, pancakes, egg dishes and desserts.
Mo: Noon - 6PM
Tu-We: 9.30 - 6PM
Th: 9.30AM - 9PM
Fr: 9.30AM - 6PM
Sa: 7.00AM - 5PM
Su: 11AM - 5PM (only by reservation)
Chez Dick looks like a small bar, but there's a big hall at the back that can seat 140 guests.
The kitchen is Dutch/French.
Mo: 7PM - Midnight
Tu-We: Noon - Midnight
Th: 5PM - 7PM
Fr: 7PM - Midnight
Sa-Su: By reservation only
Brasserie Bontekoe is situated at a strategic crosspoint between the harbour and the old town. The terrace is an ideal place for people watching.
The restaurant is known for its
•4 course surprise menu
•Fresh fish from a Den Oever fisherman
•Wild animals from the Peel
•Snails from the Vogezen
•Self imported wines
The second floor is setup as a party room.
Main menu's from €19.50 to € 40.00
Tu-Su: 5PM - 10PM
Café 't Schippershuis is known as "Het Kleine Café aan de Haven", the title of a song by Vader Abraham (inventor of The Smurfs). In 1975 he had an appointment with a photographer who did not show up. While waiting Vader Abraham used the flipside of a couple of beer coasters to write about the café and its mood. Half a year later he was inspired to write the music and to complete the lyrics, but he could not find a singer to record the song. So, he altered some more to the composition and recorded the song himself. The song just made it 6 weeks in the Dutch Top 40 in 1976, because it was released at Carnavaltime. But the fact that it was translated into 50 different languages made it a millionseller; in English it's called "The Red Rose Café".
The Café has billards, a smoking room and a great bar.
At times there is live music (check the website) and other activities
Ma-Th: 4PM - 2AM
Fr: 2PM - 2AM
Sa-Su: 10AM - 2AM
Ma-Tu: 4PM - 2AM
We-Th: Noon - 2AM
Fr-Su: 10AM - 2AM
In 1973 Lei Cheung and her husband Yuk started a traditional Chines restaurant in Hoorn, that was taken over in 2005 by their daughter Hoying and Robin Wu.
A Japanese Sushi restaurant was added and the Petit Nord hotel.
Cooking classes for € 55,- per person per night.
Restaurant hours: daily from 5.30 PM
Burîram is a small Thai restaurant that opened as the first Thai restaurant at Hoorn in 2206.
There are about 30 seats.
Also take-away, delivery and catering service.
Tu-Su: 5PM - 11PM
Favorite Dish: Thai food.
Gumbleton is an English Tea Room offering High Teas, but also coffees with sweets and pies.
We-Su: Noon - 6PM
In the weekend fixed High Tea times: Noon - 3PM; 3:30PM - 6PM.
Brasserie In de Verleeden Tijd is a great place to be for lunches, dinners, high teas and high wines. The inner court is a quiet corner to enjoy the atmosphere.
Mo-We: 9AM - 5:30PM
Th: 9AM - 9PM
Fr: 9AM - 5:30PM
Sa: 9AM - 5PM
Su: 11AM - 5PM
Restaurant (B)EET is a modern one, great for lunches and dinners.
The food follows the seasons.
(B)EET is known for its fine wines.
We-Fr: Noon - 2:30PM (on reservation); From 5PM
Sa-Su: From 5PM
Lunchroom De Vier Jaargetijden is housed in a former classic city house. There still are separate room inside and a small terrace outside.
A great place for lunches, soups, salads or just a coffee.
Tu-Fr: 9AM - 5:30PM
Sa: 9AM - 5PM
Grand Café Winston is located at the spot where till 1918 a coffee house was at the stop of the horse drawn tram to Enkhuizen. In 1918 the first Hoorn Cinema was constructed here in art-deco style, the Frisia Bioscoop. In 1924 the cinema got Johan Wilson as owner and the name changed into Wilson Theater. After WWII the name was changed into Winston Theater, that burned down in 2000. Thereafter the Grand Café was constructed.
Mo-We: 11AM - 11PM
Th: 10AM - Midnight
Fr-Sa: 10AM - 1AM
Su: 11AM - 11PM
't Sneeker Veerhuys is a nice small café with a small outside terrace great for people watching. There is a wide variaty of beers available.