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Guidebook for Groningen

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Guidebook for Groningen

Food Scene
Right opposite De Pintelier, you can find De Uurwerker. It’s a little more all-purpose and is a good coffee place, lunch place, dinner place and bar. It doesn’t excel at any of these but does everything very decently and for a good price! The atmosphere is very cozy as well. It’s self-service, so don’t forget to check in at the bar.
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De Uurwerker
24 Uurwerkersgang
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Right opposite De Pintelier, you can find De Uurwerker. It’s a little more all-purpose and is a good coffee place, lunch place, dinner place and bar. It doesn’t excel at any of these but does everything very decently and for a good price! The atmosphere is very cozy as well. It’s self-service, so don’t forget to check in at the bar.
Excellent lunch and dinner for decent prices, and it’s situated right next to a beautiful four hundred year old university building (and opposite the university library). If you’re visiting in the evening, the upstairs features a cocktail bar with a robotic arm that’s used to retrieve ingredients (the mixing itself is still thankfully done by humans).
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Mr. Mofongo
26 Oude Boteringestraat
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Excellent lunch and dinner for decent prices, and it’s situated right next to a beautiful four hundred year old university building (and opposite the university library). If you’re visiting in the evening, the upstairs features a cocktail bar with a robotic arm that’s used to retrieve ingredients (the mixing itself is still thankfully done by humans).
The very best pizza Groningen has to offer can be found at Osteria Da Vinci, a family owned restaurant that has quietly become the place to be for Italian food aficionados that are also on a budget. They don’t do deliveries (although you can take away) and are always full, so book a little in advance to guarantee a spot.
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Da Vinci
33-1 Turfsingel
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The very best pizza Groningen has to offer can be found at Osteria Da Vinci, a family owned restaurant that has quietly become the place to be for Italian food aficionados that are also on a budget. They don’t do deliveries (although you can take away) and are always full, so book a little in advance to guarantee a spot.
Want a quintessentially Dutch dining experience? The bad news: most typical Dutch food is snack food. These include Dutch-style fries, frikadellen (meat sausages), bitterballen (a mix of meat and roux) and even the Groninger eierbal (‘eggball’), which features a boiled egg in the middle of ragout. If you’re curious and want to try, I can think of no better place than the homemade snacks of Plat.
Plat. (Haute friture)
10 Astraat
Want a quintessentially Dutch dining experience? The bad news: most typical Dutch food is snack food. These include Dutch-style fries, frikadellen (meat sausages), bitterballen (a mix of meat and roux) and even the Groninger eierbal (‘eggball’), which features a boiled egg in the middle of ragout. If you’re curious and want to try, I can think of no better place than the homemade snacks of Plat.
If Asian food is more your thing, then you don’t want to miss Konbu. They serve both Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho with very reasonable prices and excellent quality. Of course, as can be expected for any quality place that’s both small and central, it can be a little busy at peak hours.
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Konbu Street Food
10 Oosterstraat
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If Asian food is more your thing, then you don’t want to miss Konbu. They serve both Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho with very reasonable prices and excellent quality. Of course, as can be expected for any quality place that’s both small and central, it can be a little busy at peak hours.
The best burgers in town can be found at Papa Joe’s, which has now become popular enough to feature two different locations in the same city. All meat is locally sourced and made in front of your eyes, and you can’t beat their spicy sauce.
Pappa Joe
46 Folkingestraat
The best burgers in town can be found at Papa Joe’s, which has now become popular enough to feature two different locations in the same city. All meat is locally sourced and made in front of your eyes, and you can’t beat their spicy sauce.
Drinks & Nightlife
The other best bar in Groningen for drinks is surely De Pintelier, which was not only voted best bar of the city but also the second best bar of the Netherlands. It features a wide selection of Belgian beers (I grudgingly admit their superiority) and is absolutely wonderful for atmosphere. Of course, being that famous, it’s often incredibly crowded. If you should go here and it’s full, you’ll be happy to know that the other bars close by are good as well.
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De Pintelier
9 Kleine Kromme Elleboog
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The other best bar in Groningen for drinks is surely De Pintelier, which was not only voted best bar of the city but also the second best bar of the Netherlands. It features a wide selection of Belgian beers (I grudgingly admit their superiority) and is absolutely wonderful for atmosphere. Of course, being that famous, it’s often incredibly crowded. If you should go here and it’s full, you’ll be happy to know that the other bars close by are good as well.
So what establishment does actually feature the best beers? The first prize is shared between two bars, the first of which is well hidden for tourists but always very popular with the local populace. De Koffer has over 280 different kinds of beers available.
Café De Koffer
1 Nieuwe Blekerstraat
So what establishment does actually feature the best beers? The first prize is shared between two bars, the first of which is well hidden for tourists but always very popular with the local populace. De Koffer has over 280 different kinds of beers available.
De Drie Gezusters isn’t the cheapest, it doesn’t provide the best quality drinks in town and the atmosphere can be a little crowded. So why visit? Because with its collection of twenty connected bars and 3750 person capacity, it’s the largest collective bar in Europe featuring beer taps. It can be found dominating the entire southern side of the Grote Markt. Visit it for the experience!
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Three Sisters
36-39 Grote Markt
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De Drie Gezusters isn’t the cheapest, it doesn’t provide the best quality drinks in town and the atmosphere can be a little crowded. So why visit? Because with its collection of twenty connected bars and 3750 person capacity, it’s the largest collective bar in Europe featuring beer taps. It can be found dominating the entire southern side of the Grote Markt. Visit it for the experience!