Our 22 Favorite Spots in Utrecht

It's been almost ten years since IT'S A PRESENT! opened its doors in cozy Utrecht. During all the years of fun at Lijnmarkt 16, we have seen the center of Utrecht change from a cozy place to an even nicer, bustling and lively must-see location! That is why we have listed the best hotspots in Utrecht, within walking distance of our store, especially for you! After this you know exactly where to go for optimal enjoyment in the beautiful Domstad.

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  • Sniffing culture day
  • Food paradises
  • Endless shopping pleasure
  • For the vintage enthusiasts
  • Sniffing culture day

    Central Museum

    The central museum is an indispensable attraction during your trip to Utrecht! The museum has existed since 1838 and is the oldest municipal museum in the Netherlands. Here you will find, among other things, the largest Rietveld collection and the beloved Miffy museum. Not only art lovers, but also design and fashion enthusiasts have come to the right place. Don't forget to join a breathtaking exhibition, which can be found online on their website, and end the outing with a tour of the beautiful courtyard! Here is a lovely cafe, an ideal place to relax. The café is also accessible without a museum ticket.

    https://www.centraalmuseum.nl/nl

    Agnietenstraat 1, 3512 XA Utrecht

    Pandhof of the Dom

    This hidden secret of Utrecht is located between the Dom Church and the Academy Building. The Pandhof is a cloister garden of the Dom Church that dates back to the 14th century. This is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the center and find yourself in an oasis of peace. Between the flowers and herbs you can also enjoy the beautiful view of both the Dom tower and the church!

    https://www.uu.nl/organisatie/de-pandhof-van-de-dom

    Domplein, Utrecht

    Louis Hartlooper Complex

    Where once you could get arrested in style, now you can indulge in delicious food and a cup of coffee. Louis Hartlooper Complex is a hip place in the heart of Utrecht where you can sit on a terrace to see and be seen. This former beautiful police station has now become a cultural center and film theater in addition to a catering facility! The films are even introduced by an explicator, where can you still find that? An explicator is someone who adds commentary and sound effects to films without sound. Because few of these kinds of films are being shown nowadays, the explicator only gives a short introduction about the content of the film in advance. In any case, a unique experience that you don't often encounter!

    https://www.hartlooper.nl

    Tolsteegbrug 1, 3511 ZN Utrecht

    Museum Catharijneconvent

    The Museum Catharijneconvent is located in a beautiful monastery from the Middle Ages. The museum is rich in art and is full of magnificent masterpieces from the Middle Ages. You have also come to the right place to see various exhibitions. So you won't get bored easily in this beautiful museum! After a day of culture, enjoy a delicious lunch in the café or take a seat on their terrace in the beautiful courtyard. It is not necessary to buy an entrance ticket to visit the courtyard.

    https://www.catharijneconvent.nl

    Lange Nieuwstraat 38, 3512 PH Utrecht

    Food paradises

    TEDS

    Looking for a cozy spot for a late breakfast or delicious lunch? Then this all-day brunch restaurant is the perfect place for you! Opt for the delicious Ted's club sandwich – believe us, you won't regret it – and make yourself comfortable on their cute terrace on the canal when the weather is nice. Savory or sweet? It's all possible at Teds! There are also plenty of places inside the beautiful historic building where you can enjoy all the goodies on the menu throughout the day. And as icing on the cake, you also have a view of our store! J

    https://teds-place.nl/utrecht/

    Lichte Gaard 8, 3511 KT Utrecht

    KLUTS

    This cozy vegan bakery & coffee bar can be found in the middle of the center behind the Dom. KLUTS (formerly Carla's Conditorie) is an ideal place to recharge and treat yourself to a delicious vegan treat. Find a cozy spot inside or enjoy the terrace with a beautiful view of the Dom when the weather is nice. Be surprised by the delicious pies, cakes and biscuits that are freshly baked every day in the bakery. And all vegan! Can you – just like us – not get enough of the delicacies of KLUTS? Fortunately, it is also possible to bring something delicious to take home!

    https://www.klutsutrecht.nl/

    Behind the Dom 6, 3512 JP Utrecht

    Thyme

    During the day it is a cozy coffee house and in the evening you can enjoy a delicious meal. Thyme is highly recommended for lovers of healthy, fresh and tasty meals. We are a big fan of their delicious poké bowls, but the other options will not disappoint you either! You will find this cozy spot in the dark garden around the corner from our store. Join us or choose to pick up your order. Prefer to laze on the couch? No problem, Tijm simply delivers your meal to your home!

    https://tijmutrecht.nl

    Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 5, 3514 HA Utrecht

    LE:EN

    This hip restaurant is located in a former car garage and is located in the creative Rotsoord district. It is slightly outside the center but is definitely worth a visit for lovers of Asian cuisine. With these Asian fusion dishes, which are perfect for sharing, you make a tasteful journey to countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka!

    Tip: don't forget to order a cocktail!

    http://www.leen-restaurant.nl/nl

    Heuveloord 140, 3523 CK Utrecht

    BROWN

    BROEI is a cozy and 100% vegetable restaurant on the Oosterkade. It has a nice terrace on the water, where you can enjoy a good lunch, drink or snack. You can also come here in the evening for a 3, 4 or even 5-course dinner. What makes BROEI's kitchen unique is that it mainly revolves around vegetables. The menu is completely vegan and therefore an indispensable place for every vegetarian or vegan. BROEI is also a great place to work flexibly while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and a healthy snack. The best – and tastiest – way to make hard work fun!

    https://www.broei-utrecht.com

    Oosterkade 24, 3582 AV Utrecht 

    Bistro Madeleine

    This French bistro is known for its classic dishes with a modern twist. Besides this interesting and classic menu, Bistro Madeleine is especially a very good place for a nice drink! The cozy 21st century interior and contemporary dishes are a perfect combination. The menu of this bistro is composed by their own chef, and consists of a collection of delicious dishes. A real must-taste is the classic of French cuisine; the oeuf mayonnaise. Complete your meal with a delicious wine from their extensive wine list and enjoy!

    Tip: don't forget to make a reservation!

    https://www.madeleine-utrecht.nl

    3-A, Wed, 3512 JH Utrecht

    Rhubarb

    Rhubarb is a cozy, atmospheric place. From Wednesday to Sunday you can go to Rabarber for a delicious breakfast, lunch, drink and everything in between! Take a seat in this cozy little place and enjoy delicious homemade cakes and a good cup of coffee! You can even choose to order your favorite cake via the webshop! An option that we certainly sometimes use J .

    https://rabarber-utrecht.nl

    Zadelstraat 20, 3511 LV Utrecht

    ' t Old Pothuys

    ' t Old Pothuys is a cozy café on the Oudegracht. You can enjoy a drink here for an affordable price and enjoy live music almost every night! Fun fact: this cozy café used to be a storage place for old pots and pans, hence the name t' Oude Pothuys. The international menu includes meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes. So everyone can enjoy a musical evening at 't Oude Pothuys. Take a seat in the atmospheric restaurant or find a spot in the sun on the terrace on the Oudegracht.

    https://www.pothuys.nl

    Oudegracht 279, 3511 PA Utrecht

    Loua juice bar

    Start your day with a delicious smoothie bowl at Loua Juicebar! You can also go here for a nice cup of coffee with a delicious slice of homemade banana bread . Loua has sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan options, so it's accessible to everyone! All fruit and vegetables are also sourced locally. You will find the tastiest, healthiest and most colorful treats at Loua Juicebar!

    https://louajuicebar.nl

    Vismarkt 19, 3511 KS Utrecht

    Endless shopping pleasure

    It all starts with a Postcard

    This shop is a temple of good taste. The range is small but carefully chosen by the friendly owner of English descent. It All Starts With a Postcard is a shop full of the most beautiful paper items: books, cards, games, posters and more! Perfect for your search for a nice gift or card!

    https://www.itallstartswithapostcard.nl 

    Twijnstraat 38, 3511 ZL Utrecht

    Green UP

    Green Up is a shop-in-shop department store with a huge range of sustainable items. Here you will find the best home and fashion accessories, textiles, fashion, beauty and care products, gifts and unique items for your interior! Thanks to the accessible prices, Green Up makes the daily use of these sustainable products accessible to everyone . The shop-in-shop concept ensures that each department has its own style. We recommend everyone to take a look here!

    Haven't looked forward to it for a long time but ready for a tasty bite? The large department store has a beautiful botanical garden with a wonderful restaurant! Here you can enjoy the tastiest sandwiches, snacks and sweets.

    https://www.botania.eco restaurant  https://green-up.eco department store

    Stadhuisbrug 5, 3511 KP Utrecht

    Glasses love

    For the owners, it was eyewear love at first sight. If you stand in front of your wardrobe in the morning and think: which glasses should I put on with my outfit, then this is the store for you! Here you will find frames from exclusive brands that suit your face. The health of the eyes is of course paramount, but at this store you will definitely walk out with a unique frame.

    https://brillenliefde.nl/home

    Lijnmarkt 7, 3511 KE Utrecht

    Beautiful and Belle

    Mooi En Belle is a store where interior design and fun gadgets are central. Warning: if you're sensitive to any of these things, you probably won't leave the store without buying something :-). In addition to the range of well-known brands, they also like to give a platform to emerging designers and smaller brands. A beautiful place where we recommend everyone to take a look inside.

    https://www.mooienbelle.nl

    Twijnstraat 37, 3511 ZH Utrecht 

    Beadies

    Beadies is a well-known and very popular jewelery shop in the center of Utrecht. At this cute shop you will find a large collection of loose beads and tools with which you can make your own jewelry. Not a fan of do-it-yourself projects? No problem! This way you can also score the most beautiful jewelry at Beadies without having to do anything yourself!

    https://www.beadies.com

    Oudegracht 193, 3511 NG Utrecht

    Subculture Utrecht

    Thanks to the fairytale interior of Subcultures, you will find yourself in a world full of fantasy in no time . This game store is filled with movie characters, collectibles and – you guessed it – hundreds of games! With this large selection you are guaranteed to find the best game for young, old, beginner or expert! Subcultures is the place to be for every game fanatic!

    https://www.subcultures.nl

    Oudegracht 183, 3511 NE Utrecht

    Things I Like Things I Love

    What once started as a small pop-up concept store has now grown into a trendy store full of the latest fashion trends, beautiful jewelry and the best items for the home! Things l Like Things I Love is an indispensable shop location for anyone who likes to stay informed of the latest trends within these lifestyle products. Does this sound like a store to you? Then don't forget to take a look at Things I Like Things I Love!

    https://www.thingsilikethingsilove.com

    Oudegracht 364, 3511 PP Utrecht

     

    For the vintage enthusiasts

    VintageIsland

    The second-hand shop is a pearl for all vintage enthusiasts. On the corner of Zadelstraat you will find not one, but two Vintage Island stores! One of these stores is a kilostore where you pay for your finds per kilo. Grab all the items you can't take your eyes off, weigh them on the scales and know exactly how much these gems cost! Ideal right? In the other store, the items are simply sold per piece. Definitely worth a visit to both stores!

    https://www.vintageisland.nl

    Zadelstraat 39, 3511 LS Utrecht kilo store / Zadelstraat 16-18, 3511 LT Utrecht

    Episode

    Episode, the vintage Valhalla of Utrecht. This second-hand store not only sells the nicest clothes, but also has a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories and piles of vinyl. Episode always strives for the best quality for the lowest price. These second-hand shops are mainly full of must have fashion gems from the 80s and 90s. As a vintage lover, you've definitely come to the right place!

    https://episode.eu/?lang=nl

    Oudegracht 206, 3511 NR Utrecht

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