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    Winkel van Sinkel: Ideal For Watching The World Go By

    by johngayton Written Sep 5, 2013

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    Winkel van Sinkel (Sinkel's Shop) is definitely the most eye-catching building on the Old Canal here in Utrecht. It was built as a sort of department store in the late 1830's by the German-born draper Anton Sinkel who had developed a successful business with branches in several Dutch cities.

    After spending much of the 20th century as a bank it was converted into a restaurant in 1995 and renamed after its original owner. The facade was fully restored in 2003 and the building now houses a Grande Cafe, event and exhibition spaces, a tapas restaurant and a popular nightclub.

    The Grande Cafe has a stylish Art-Deco interior with high ceilings, gleaming woodwork and mirrors and despite looking quite formal is in fact very Dutch-style laid-back.

    The terrace at the front, overlooking the canal, is an ideal spot when the sun's out for relaxing with a beer and watching the world go by.

    As to be expected this isn't the cheapest place in town but service is friendly and unhurried and you're more than welcome to just have a coffee and sit awhile.

    Favorite Dish: I was just here for a light lunch and opted for a chicken salad sandwich, and of course a large beer. I think the bill was about 11 euros but in the greater scheme that wasn't too extortionate.

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    Eetcafé De Vingerhoed: Lookoff to the Oude Gracht

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 18, 2013

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    Eetcafé De Vingerhoed is a cosy place for lunches and diners. The food is prepared on the spot and you should try their sandwiches, soup or salads.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Th: 10AM - 1:30AM
    Fr-Sa: 10AM - 2:30AM
    Su: Closed

    Favorite Dish: Soup of the day
    Roombrie

    Eetcaf�� De Vingerhoed - Utrecht
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    De Winkel van Sinkel: In between fossils

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jul 15, 2013

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    De Winkel van Sinkel is a special place, advertised as a cultural culinair warehouse.
    There is an outside terrace at the Oude Gracht, but I much more like the inside with long tables and private corners at the walls with the showcases with fossils.
    Toilets are deep down in the dungeon and a attraction of their own.

    Favorite Dish: Coffees Euro 2.20
    Beer upto Euro 3.80
    Alcoholic drinks upto Euro 4,60

    Lunches ~Euro 6,75

    Starters ~Euro 7.00
    Dinners ~Euro 17.00
    Dessert ~Euro 7.00

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    O' Leary's: The best Irish Pub at Utrecht?

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 27, 2013

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    O'Leary'r Irish Pub is a true pub and restaurant.
    Sports like Dutch football, English football, Rugby and F1 are displayed on big TV screens.

    Business hours:
    Mo-Th: 4PM - 1AM
    Fr: 4PM - 2AM
    Sa: 2PM - 2AM
    Su: 2PM - 1AM

    Favorite Dish: Guinness.

    O'Leary's Irish Pub - Utrecht
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    El Mundo: Little Tapas

    by Designerartgirl Written Jan 6, 2013

    I love this little place. It's set close to the oude gracht and to the shopping area and it can easily be missed, but its such a chill little place to sit, enjoy a glass of wine (or 3) and watch the world go by. It has a small terrace area outside where long tables line the sidewalk, where you can sit in groups with your friends or sit next to random strangers to enjoy your meal. The food is a bit of a spanish origin with a bit of a dutch twist. portions are quite generous and reasonably priced. my friends and i always end up eating too much when we come here.

    Favorite Dish: Fondu Pequena, its melted cheese which is served with bread. inside the cheese is some spices and its so so good...

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    Ele: Tapas next to the Oudegracht

    by Designerartgirl Written Jan 2, 2013

    Set on the oudegracht you can walk past and most probably easily miss it. its set on the side of the canal so you have to go down some steps to get to it, but this hidden gem has a taste of pure Spain when you eat the tapas. Each time i go there (and i go a lot now) my friends and i try to sample different dishes. We place the dishes in the centre of the table and just try from all. You can order multiple times so you can easily spend a couple hours there drinking, eating and chatting with friends. it can get busy during peak periods so if you want to sit in a particular place, i recommend reserving. i particularly love sitting outside in the autumn, when you can watch the boats going past while you eat.

    if you also have the energy, there is a flamenco classes and shows right next door run by the same family.

    Favorite Dish: Their home made tapenade... so so so good.

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    De Vingerhoed (The Thimble): Another Atmospheric Canalside Cafe

    by johngayton Written Jan 1, 2013

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    This little brown cafe is as inviting for those just fancying some liquid refreshment as it is for lunchers or diners and its canalside location (overlooking the Oude Gracht) makes it a prime spot to enjoy its terrace when the sun's out. On our Winter visit, when we dropped in for lunch before heading off to meet Sinterklaas, the cosy interior was warm and welcoming, as too were the staff who more than happily rearranged a couple of tables for us.

    At 2 pm on an early December midweek afternoon the main seating area was almost full with all the window tables taken and the place had a youthful local buzz created by a mostly student clientele. Obviously being targetted at the student market meant that prices were reasonable and on the lunch menu of sandwiches and tostis there was nothing over 5 Euros.

    Favorite Dish: Most of us opted for the local speciality, the Utrechtse Kroket, which is a sort of thick beef paste rolled in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Served between a couple of slices of malty brown bread with a nicely-dressed little salad and a dish of mustard this made for an ideal light, but substantial, lunch. Washed down with a couple of Hertog Jan pilsners my bill came to about 9 Euros and so was excellent value for money too.

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    De Rechtbank: The former Court house

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 13, 2012

    De Rechtbank is a first class brasserie and restaurant located in the former Court house. It is part of the Court hotel that occupies the rest of the former Court house.

    The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Restaurant De Rechtbank - Utrecht
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    Toque Toque: Café Restaurant

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 13, 2012

    Toque Toque is a local café restaurant, nicely located at the Oude gracht. It has a street section and one at the lower wharf at the canal.

    Great for breakfats, lunches, dinners or in between plate service.

    Toque Toque - Utrecht
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    Manneken Pis: Belgium Fries

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 12, 2012

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    Manneken Pis is famous as the small P-ing boy statue at Brussels, but it's also the name of a small chain of Belgium Fries shops.

    In Utrecht there are branches at:
    -Vredenburgplein 154/155 (at the entrance of the Utrecht Centraal station)
    -Bakkerstraat 1
    -Steenweg 2

    Business hours:
    Mo-We: 11AM - 9PM
    Th: 11AM - 10PM
    Fr-Sa: 11AM - 7PM
    Su: Noon - 7PM

    Favorite Dish: PATAT!

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    Olivier: Belgium Beer Café

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 11, 2012

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    Café Olivier was voted as the best Utrecht bar in 2013. WHen you are in front of the building you cannot imagine that in fact you are looking to a former church. Once inside you cannot miss the origin of the building, because the church organ on the first floor is there and so are many other original church remains. The building used to be the catholic shelter Maria Minor church from 1859.

    There are 7 kinds of draft beers available and more than 50 different bottled Belgium beers.

    Business hours:
    Mo: From 11AM
    Tu-Sa: From 10AM
    Su: From Noon

    Favorite Dish: Hot chocolate with Apple pie (both with whipped cream)

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    Saigon Restaurant: Good in parts.

    by planxty Updated Jun 28, 2012

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    As the title suggests, this restaurant was like the parsons egg - good in parts!

    The decor is light wood panelling, with some very pleasant Vietnamese prints and artefacts on the wall.

    I was there on a Tuesday night in early November and there were eight other people in what is about a 60 cover restaurant. The service, I am sorry to report, was awful. I waited ages to be served, and then another age to receive my meal. When it did arrive, the waiter managed to spill soup all over the tablecloth.

    On the upside, the food was very good. i am not sure if it was a translational matter, but the pork with orange peel, tasty though it was, was not "hot and spicy" as billed on the menu.

    The hot and sour soup that didn't land on the table was excellent.

    I don't know if service improves at busier times (bizarre as this may sound) by virtue of them having more than one waiter on. Let's hope so, because it owuld be a shame for decent food like this to be let down by the front of house.

    The website provided is in Dutch but has all the relevant details.

    Favorite Dish: Good as the soup was, my favourite item was actually a side dish, the mixed pickled vegetables - essentially a julienned salad marinated in (I think) rice wine vinegar and served with crushed peanuts on top. Very good.

    Saigon Restaurant, Utrecht, Holland.
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    Douwe Egberts Café: Only in Holland ...

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 31, 2011

    Douwe Egberts is the quality coffee brand in Holland.

    Douwe Egberts is very Dutch as their coffee packaging contains coupon points, where related " free" gifts can be acquired.

    Throughout the Netherlands there is a chain of Douwe Egberts café's.

    Business hours:
    Mo-We: 7.30AM - 6PM
    Th: 7.30AM - 9PM
    Fr: 7.30AM - 6PM
    Sa: 8.30AM - 5PM
    Su: 9.30 - 6PM

    Douwe Egberts Caf�� - Utrecht
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    De Oude Muntkelder: Pancakes

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 31, 2011

    The Ode Muntkelder Pancakes restaurant is housed at the location where the Royal Mint had its stamp manufacturing. In the centuries before it was one of the Mint's warehouses for coins.

    In the Napoleontan time in 1806 the Utrecht Mint was declared to be the sole production source for Dutch coins.

    This situation lasted till 1994.

    Business hours:
    Daily: Noon - 9PM

    Favorite Dish: Pancakes.

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    Broodje Mario: The best sandwiches

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 31, 2011

    Broodje Mario has the best sandwhiches at the Utrecht streets.

    Their warm rolls and more are supurb.

    Also mini pizza's available.

    Besides their regular shop, they have an additional stall at the Oude Gracht in the weekends.

    Business hours:
    Mo-We: 10AM - 6PM
    Th: 10AM - 9PM
    Fr: 10AM - 6PM
    Sa: 10Am - 5PM
    Su: Closed

    Favorite Dish: Broodje ham & kaas.

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