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5x game cafés in Utrecht for a fun evening

Whether you’re a sore loser or really good at cheating, it’s fun to challenge your friends to card and board games. You can of course do this at home, but a game café in the city is also a good reason to get out the door. Below, Explore Utrecht is listing five cafés where the dice fly past your head and someone often has to go back to start.

Café Tilt!

If you’re in the mood to play games with friends, then head to café Tilt! in the Lange Jufferstraat. People even phone ahead to reserve Catan here to make sure that they can play it. The regulars here donated Trivial Pursuit because it was missing from the collection. And the game corner, like the cake display, is well stocked with different kinds of games. The card game ‘Shit Happens’ is very popular among students, and for die-hard chess fans, the personalized chessmen trays are heavenly! Lange Jufferstraat 62

Café de Vingerhoed

Café de Vingerhoed in the Donkere Gaard has a small but good collection of party games. Find a game in the wrong box? Yep! It’s to mislead potential game thieves. They do sometimes strike here, but de Vingerhoed won’t stand for it! Just like every father who fights with his son during a game of Risk, de Vingerhoed is taking on the crooks. Serious or not, people lose at chess here daily! Donkere Gaard 11

Café de Poort

Don’t be alarmed when guests of Café de Poort start gesticulating wildly, followed by a lot of enthusiastic cries. The game ’30 Seconds’ is very popular here. Besides having lots of board games to choose from, you can also participate in a quiz twice a month. The PoortQuiz takes place every first Monday of the month. The quiz consists of 80 questions on various subjects, so everyone can use their knowledge. Then, on the third Monday of the month, everyone is challenged with questions from the BrainDrain quiz, where teamwork is key. Tolsteegbarrière 2

Stichtse Taveerne

Real game fanatics can be found at the Stichtse Taveerne on the Twijnstraat. Every Thursday, they reserve a table to play fanatic games with each other. The clanging of Jenga stones is not uncommon here, as this game is one of the most played besides Catan. There’s tons of choice: there are at least 70 different types of games in the cupboard here. If you can’t choose a board game, there are also two pool and billiard tables, or you can relax with a game of darts. Twijnstraat 43

Café ’t Hoogt

Café ‘t Hoogt is hidden in the cinema on the Hoogt. There are no game cupboards in this cozy café, but special game afternoons are organized there. They do this is collaboration with the Utrecht game store Subcultures. It’s totally free and you get a whole afternoon of cool games at your disposal. People both young and old are welcome. Would you rather bring your own game along? That’s cool too! To stay up to date on all upcoming game afternoons, check out the cinema’s Facebook page. That’s where the most up-to-date announcements are. Hoogt 4

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About Puck Groen

Puck is a real culture lover! She loves to use her articles to describe the ambiance of foodfestivals, theater performances, new shops and the best restaurants. She has been studying in Utrecht for three years now, and she loves to explore the city in between her lectures. She loves to wander through the city to take lovely pictures of the Dom tower, the Canals and Utrecht's unmistakable city vibe.

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