Top 10 Hotspots of Utrecht: Culture, Culinary and Entertainment

Utrecht, a vibrant city in the heart of the Netherlands, has a lot to offer in terms of culture, gastronomy and entertainment. With a rich history, vibrant atmosphere and picturesque canals, it’s hard not to fall in love with this city. If you are going to Utrecht for a day, be sure to visit one of these ten hotspots!

Sinkel’s shop

sinkel shop
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The Winkel van Sinkel, located on the atmospheric Oudegracht, is an architectural gem. And not to forget, an important part of Utrecht’s history. This imposing building, built in 1837, was once the first department store in the Netherlands. Nowadays it serves as a versatile meeting place with a grand café, restaurant, club and event location.


Gys is a cozy and sustainable eatery with two locations in Utrecht. Here you can go for organic and responsible meals, with many vegetarian and vegan options. From delicious salads to tasty burgers, Gys has something for everyone. The modern interior and friendly service make this eatery a must-visit hotspot.

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose is a trendy wine bar and restaurant located in a beautiful monumental building on the Korte Jansstraat. The stylish interior, with lush plants and vintage details, creates a romantic atmosphere. Ruby Rose Utrecht offers an extensive selection of wines, delicious cocktails and a delicious menu full of tasty dishes to share.

Karma kebab

Karma Kebab is an innovative fast food restaurant that takes traditional kebab to the next level. Previously only in a food truck, and now also with a real bar in Utrecht. With a focus on sustainability and quality, the kebabs are made from plant-based ingredients and served in eco-friendly packaging. The tasty kebab, crispy fries and delicious sauces ensure a true taste explosion.

The Street Food Club

The Streetfood Club is a hip and colorful restaurant in the center of Utrecht (Janskerkhof), where you can enjoy delicious street food dishes from all over the world. The unique interior, with a mix of tropical and urban influences, creates a relaxed and lively atmosphere. Try the tasty tacos, Asian bites or one of the surprising cocktails.

TivoliVredenburg – The Gift Horse

TivoliVredenburg is not only a music venue, but also home to Het Gegeven Paard, a cozy café and restaurant with a beautiful view over Utrecht. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a drink or a delicious dinner before a concert. The spacious terrace is ideal for a relaxing evening with friends.


FAK, or Fresh Asian Kitchen, is an Asian fusion restaurant located in the Drieharingstraat. This modern and attractive restaurant offers a surprising mix of Eastern and Western flavours, with dishes such as sushi, dim sum and wok dishes. The friendly service and the extensive menu ensure an unforgettable culinary experience.

Ted’s All Day Brunch

Ted’s All Day Brunch is a popular brunch spot in Utrecht, located in the Lichte Gaard, near the Oudegracht. As the name suggests, you can go here all day for an extensive brunch. The cozy interior and homey atmosphere make it the perfect place to enjoy classic brunch dishes like eggs benedict, French toast, and the famous Philly cheese steak sandwich. Don’t forget to try one of the delicious cocktails or fresh juices.


Vascobelo is a Belgian coffee bar that can be found at several locations, including the Zadelstraat, in the historic center of Utrecht. This stylish and quiet place is ideal for a delicious cup of coffee, a tasty breakfast or an extensive lunch. Enjoy the homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches and typical Belgian delicacies such as waffles. The friendly staff and the warm interior make Vascobelo a real asset to Utrecht.

Black Fox

De Zwarte Vosch is an atmospheric Spanish pintxos and tapas bar, located on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. This cozy restaurant offers an authentic Spanish experience with a wide variety of delicious pintxos, tapas and other small dishes. The special wine list with a selection of Spanish wines completes the culinary experience. The historic building with its vaulted ceilings and attractive canal-side terrace creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing evening with friends or family.

Those were our ten favorite hotspots in Utrecht. An overview of many more great hotspots in the Netherlands can be found here!

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