The best places for coffee, tea & lunch

These are the coffee houses, tea rooms and lunchrooms in Leeuwarden where the locals get their lunch, caffeine and high tea. You can also find the on our Map.

In de binnenstad van Leeuwarden zijn er genoeg plekken om te lunchen of een koffie of thee te halen. Hier beschrijven wij onze favorieten. Je kunt ze ook vinden op onze plattegrond.


Stek Leeuwarden is located at one of the most beautiful locations in Leeuwarden. Inside this old bridge keeper’s house you have a view of our leaning tower while the boats sail by in the canal. Inside everything is cute and the food is only healthy and delicious. Location: Harlingersingel 2


Brownies & Downies is one of the nicest places to have lunch. They mainly work with people with mental disabilities. Sometimes your order takes a little longer, but that is more than made up for by the friendly staff.  Location: Wilhelminaplein 92


Barrevoets is a small lunchroom in the Kleine Kerkstraat, near the starting point of the Free Tours. An ideal place to have a cup of coffee before your walking tour starts. It’s also the right place for delicious homemade cakes, lunch or smoothies. They also have the best Cappuccino in town here. Location: Kleine Kerkstraat 41


Banhs & Coffee changed it’s name to Bahns & Boba. This is a Vietnamese Lunchcafe where they have been selling really good Bubble tea’s for year’s. But a Banh Mi sandwich is also highly recommended and the Vietnamese coffee with sweet condensed milk is also an experience. Location: Tuinen 23


Bowls ‘n Rolls has delicious poke bowls where you can choose all the ingredients yourself or try one of their delicious otions from their menucart. Also the only restaurant in Leeuwarden where you can sit on a swing while eating. Address: Groentemarkt 1, Open: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00-21:00


Grand Café Post Plaza is located in the former post office of Leeuwarden. While decorating this building they really had an eye for detail. In the sink you can find a big stamp and if you order tea, you will find your teabag in an envelope. Bravo! In this beautiful entourange you can enjoy your lunch. Staff is very friendly. You can also have dinner or come by for a beer or glass of wine in the Grand Café. Location: Tweebaksmarkt 27


Café De Bak & Restaurant Proefverlof are both located in the old prison the Blokhuispoort. For a simple cup of coffee or a simple lunch, go to Cafe de Bak with terrace on the 2nd square of the prison. If you want a more extensive lunch, go to Proefverlof, here you also have a beautiful view of the water and in the summer you can sit here by the water. Location: Blokhuisplein 40 


Huize kwast is located on the Nieuwestad and has a beautiful terrace on the canal. It used to be one of Mata Hari’s favorite places because her best friend Henriette Kwast lived here. Location: Nieuwestad 75


Brasserie Spiegelaar has a nice terrace on the canals of Leeuwarden. Enjoy your drink while the boats sail by and if there is no boat passing by, you also have the best view of the Waag from this terrace.Location: Nieuwestad 141,


DE café is located on the corner of Doelesteeg, the access road to the city from the south. You can go up three floors, with even a balcony on the third floor. Outside, the terrace is also getting bigger. Perfect place to start your day in Leeuwarden. Location: Ruiterskwartier 111, Open: Monday-Saturday 8:00-22:00, Sunday 9:00-22:00


De Walrus probably has the largest terrace in Leeuwarden. It was also chosen as the best terrace! Location: Gouveneursplein 37

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