Couchsurfing.org is a website where people offer a couch to other travellers. This is not just a free place to stay. It’s an other way of travelling. By surfing a couch you really get in touch with the local people and culture. On this social network people not only find each other in need of a place to sleep but they also meet each other during events.
In Leeuwarden there is a small active Couchsurfing community who organises the yearly Welcome to Fryslân (WTF) event and a Monthly Leeuwarden Meeting in Cafe de Stee. This last one is organized every month on the Wednesday closest to the 15th and starts from 20:00 onwards. It’s a good way of meeting international (minded) people who share a love for travelling.
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Cafe de Stee (show on map)
Meeting: Every Wednesday closest to the 15th, 20:00- late
Supermarket Liusja is the Eastern European Supermarket in Leeuwarden. It’s run by the Ukrainian shopkeeper Liusja, who loves to show you everything she sells in her shop. She once showed me all the 20(!) types of pickles she sells. Also for Polish Tatra beer, Prjaniki and Patisson you can head to Liusja, also on Sundays. If you are looking for an original present, Liusja sells gift baskets full with eastern European products as well. If you haven’t been sold yet, go and see her 4 minute long tv commercial! [Liusja is moved to a new location and these pictures might not resemble the new interior of the shop, her new shop is on the same location as the Selam supermarket]
‘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.
The Rooster is a typical Dutch cafe with the cosy, casual atmosphere of a brown cafe. The Dutch will call it gezellig. All the tables have a tablecloth, an ashtray (yes, you can smoke here) and sometimes even fresh flowers. Beer is served in bottles and you have a choice between Amstel or Heineken. Owners Agnes and Tamme will make you feel at home. Typical Dutch music is played here and sometimes a local customer will even sing a song for you.
An evening at the Rooster is not complete without a game of spijkerslaan. This is an old fashioned game in which you have to hit a nail in a tree trunk as fast as possible. In the middle of the pub, you will find a big trunk. In your turn, you are allowed to hit the hammer once. Girls are aloud to hit twice every round. The person who wins has to pay for the nails (0,25 eurocent a piece). The person finishing last will have to pay for the next round of beer.
Cafe the Rooster I Bars, cafes & pubs
Bij de put 6 (show on map)
Open: Mon – Sun 16:00 – 1:00