Haarlem is well known in the Netherlands for its wide choice of excellent restaurants, cosy cafe’s and lively bars.
Haarlem is really making a name for itself in gastronomic circles. Almost every week, there seems to be a food-related festival such as the great Haarlem Culinair to smaller slow food or street food festivals, like Proefpark Haarlem.
There are also several Michelin-starred restaurants in the surrounding areas of Haarlem, for instance the fabulous De Bokkedoorns in Overveen, Chapeau in Bloemendaal (lovely building and surroundings but a bit stuffy) and De Vrienden van Jakob on the Duin & Kruidberg estate in Santpoort.
Also dotted around the city are stellar restaurants, cosy cafes and trendy bars.
Editor’s Choice: Haarlem Restaurant recommendations
Good – honest Italian fare – absolutely fresh and sublimely prepared and so much better than mamma made. The very affordable menu changes monthly, depending on seasonal produce and the wine list is brilliant. Read more
The Louisiana Lobster Bar
Chill out with lobsters, craft beers, an astounding array of cocktails and live music in Haarlem’s in-spot! Read more
The Roast Chicken Bar
Who doesn’t love chicken? With ample space, finger-lickin’ fare and a laid-back ambience, it’s the perfect joint to visit with your kids. Read more
The ever-popular Loetje in Overveen (just outside of Haarlem) is the place to go with your granny, your kids, your boss or just about anyone except for a romantic date. The specialty is steak and chips – which are really tasty! On warmer days you can sit on the terrace outside.
A lively French-styled brasserie in the heart of Haarlem, Café Colette serves French classics like escargots, onion soup gratinée, duck legs and of course crème brulée. They also have enough vegetarian choices like Melanzana or Ravioli. Slightly on the pricy side though.
We’re working on bringing you the best restaurant, cafe and bar news from Haarlem… As you can see from this list , there are a lot to work through! For more restaurant reviews, we recommend you check out TripAdvisor.