SMOOD – healthy spot on the Vismarkt

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Smood, located at the Vismarkt, is the new health conscious food spot in Utrecht. The juice bar offers vegetable and fruit juices that are made fresh daily – you can also pick up fresh fruit, nuts, or a bar for on the go. There are also useful smoothie bowl specials on the menu which you can order with as many extra toppings as …

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Restaurant SYR – Dining for a good cause

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A little cultural gem opened their doors in June thanks to crowdfunding through the initiative of the GYS foundation. Today, Syr now sits on the beautiful Lange Nieuwstraat next to the Dom Tower. This restaurant wouldn’t have been possible without the community. Large numbers of people donated their money and volunteers came in the droves to help get the restaurant going. Within just …

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Golden Oldies: 4 historic locations for a memorable party

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Are you looking for the perfect venue for celebrating a birthday, anniversary or to throw a wedding party? An old city that dates back to Roman time, Utrecht boasts a great number of historical landmarks that will surely add a special atmosphere to your party. Just imagine…high ceilings, burning candles, and great acoustics for the band! And how about a glass of …

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Experiencing a day full of tea at Dutch Tea Festival

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On Sunday, May 29th the first tea festival in the Netherlands took place in Utrecht: ‘Festeaval’. Overall it was a fun and educational day filled with tea, chocolate, workshops, tea ceremonies and music. We were invited to sip tea and learn all the ins and outs about this lovely beverage. A wonderful afternoon, and for us… tea will never be the same! One …

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LE:EN – Tasting session at Heuveloord

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A visit to Restaurant LE:EN, located on Heuveloord, was long overdue. LE:EN, as you might know by now, is one of our favorite restaurants. The asian-fusion restaurant is still in the Explore Utrecht top five. It’s an awesome place for a relaxed evening out, and the creative use of space makes the industrial look feel cosy. You can lounge on the …

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Sea Salt Saloon, located at ‘t Wed for the best seafood in Utrecht

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A little bit hidden from the main tourist commotion yet still superbly central as located on Wed 3, only a few meters away from the Domkerk, you will find the recently opened fish bistro called Sea Salt Saloon. As the name of the bistro suggests, this restaurant is for sea food lovers mostly. Their menu does not offer anything else than …

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Beers & Barrels at the Utrecht Harbour

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I ate my first oyster at Harbour, with a glass of sparkling wine on the side. It was a beautiful location back then. A spacious, open building with a view on the water. But now, restaurant Harbour is no longer there, instead the owners havere-designed into a new Beers & Barrels. And what a surprise! Out with the fish and …

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Lunchdate at Stael on the Twijnstraat

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Lunch at Stael A lunch-date at Twijnstraat, that’s always fun! The little boutiques and the streets’ atmosphere always give me that holiday feeling. I can waste my time here, strolling around and doing some windowshopping. But for now, we are entering Stael! The name sounds just as cool as the interior looks — with old carpets on the floor, and …

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Linger on Central Station Utrecht

Centraal Station Utrecht

Central Station is the startpoint for a day at the office, a holiday or for a day out. But the station can also cause a lot of stress for travelers: delayed trains, technical difficulties and such. While waiting for your train to arrive, you just might be thinking; ‘why is this happening to me’. It was very difficult to find …

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Indian & Nepalese restaurant Surya – Janskerkhof

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If I get to decide where to go out for dinner, 9 out of 10 times I’ll pick an Indian restaurant. I love Indian cuisine! The rich curries, a perfect combination of spicy and fresh flavors, often paired with un-Dutchlike levels of hospitality, always ends in an amazing evening for me. When I heard that Indian/Nepalese restaurant Surya was going …

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