Recommended by Peter Postma: Andere Koffie is one of these hidden gems in Leeuwarden. Excellent choice of coffee, tea and cakes – and yes: they can even serve you a typically Dutch breakfast or lunch. Don’t miss out on the Liwwarder Blend tea and their Nokturné Café DJ night every last Thursday evening of the month. And if their coffees and teas don’t make your day already, those serving you, friendly and always welcoming Shamé and Benny, certainly will!
Andere Koffie I Coffee, Tea & Lunch
Naauw 5 (show on map)
Open: Mon 12:00-18:00, Tue-Wed 9:00-18:00, Thu 9:00-22:00, Fri-Sat 9:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
‘Small and cosy like the living room of a single man on age’ is how the local newspaper (LC) once described the atmosphere in this pub. From the outside, it just looks like a regular house. The light above the door, with the Amstel beer logo and the word lampie (small light), gives away that this is not just a regular house. Since the 1920’s, this place has been the local pub for people in the neighbourhood. In those years, it was the place for rough sailors and labourers who liked to drink and sometimes even got paid in the pub. Those times are long gone, but some of those customers are still there. It makes Bierhuis Lampie one of those local pubs that you just have to visit once. You can find it just outside the canals that surround the inner city.
In the city centre, above shoe shop Manfield, you can find the head of a man of Southern appearance who opens his mouth like he is yawning. Hence, his name the wijde gaper (yawner). However, he is not yawning, he is opening his mouth for medication. Because before it became a shoe shop, a pharmacy resided in this building for at least 125 years.
In earlier years, a yawner was pretty common in the Netherlands. Most pharmacies had a yawner on their shop. It was the old school sign board of this profession. The Southern appearance of the yawner was probably a symbol for the origin of the medication. And it probably also suggested a healing power of the medicine.
The yawner is a Dutch invention. Besides a few in the border region, you will not find any of them abroad. Most of them have disappeared nowadays, however. Damage caused by the weather and a lack of maintenance were probably the main causes. The yawner in Leeuwarden is not original anymore either. In 2007, the original was replaced by a replica. The original was restored and can be seen in the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden.
De Wijde Gaper | Sights
Nieuwestad 156 (show on map)
Open: 24 hours daily