Though often overshadowed (especially for tourists) by its much larger and more famous neighbor Amsterdam about ten miles east, Haarlem’s history actually goes back further. And with about 150,000 people, it’s the capital of the Noord-Holland region. The Teylers Museum, with its unique collection of art and artifacts, is the oldest museum in the Netherlands. The fantastic Frans Hals Museum has many works by the artist and other Haarlem schoolers. Grote Markt, the main town square, is a must-see.
Things to do in Haarlem
4.5 based on 126 reviews
I recently moved to Haarlem and searched TripAdvisor for the best local restaurants. Chez Bastijan had such good reviews so booked for a Saturday night with a friend and it didn't disappoint. The service was of a very high standard, the specials were explained and wine recommended. Our mouths were watering just looking at other diners meals and we had the chateaubriand (for two). It was amazing. Beautifully cooked to our taste, which was rare and priced fairly. The ambience was lovely with couples, friends and families all present. I couldn't fault it and will definitely make this a regular dining spot.
4.5 based on 148 reviews
Charming little restaurant in the heart of Haarlem. Warm and inviting with a great atmosphere on a chilly night. I had the Haddock and my a pasta dish with a salad. The Haddock was wonderfully cooked to perfection on a bed of tasty risotto. Thr flavors from the risotto were subtle enough to let the fish shine. The presentation was superb. My wife's pasta was cooked to perfection with a wonderful light taste. The salad was an adventure to eat as you dug down through the layers different vegetables and things kept appearing making for a great salad. No problems figuring out the menu even in Dutch. Just ask Amber to help you, and she'll more than happy to go into detail about the dishes.
4.5 based on 219 reviews
For more than 27 years Erawan Thai restaurant provides Authentic Thai cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. We provide freshly made dishes containing the original vegetables and spices which are flown in from Bangkok every week. These ingredients form the basis for the flavors the Thai cuisine is famous for. Recognized by the Royal Thai Embassy as an authentic Thai restaurant, we have been rewarded with the "Thai Select" logo.
As nearly as i could tell, this was a locals type place. You could clearly see that interaction with customers was based on familiarity. A very pleasant atmosphere with wonderfully prepared dishes. When in Haarlem and seeking a significant change up from Dutch fair it's hard to imagine a better choice. Highly recommended.
4.5 based on 513 reviews
At Specktakel we work with the best ingredients from all over the world with a born understanding of combining flavours of food & wine. Here there is no such thing as eating silently, not just by the volume of laughter and enjoyment brought on by the company at the table, but more so by the food and wine that is being enjoyed. Its colours, aromas, and flavours, so simple together creating a wonderful feast to talk about…Let us guide you how to enjoy the flavours and atmosphere in our world of food & wine....
International menu changes on a regular basis and you can put together your chosen 3-courses menu. In the back it's most of the times I've been a bit quieter (noise-wise). Very central location.
4 based on 1 reviews
A regional Brewery with all kinds of beer from their own brewery. You can go for a drink, for lunch and dinner, all 'honest' products, Dutch cuisine with a nice authentic touch!
4.5 based on 146 reviews
Trendy 'small dinner' restaurant. Espresso, winebar. 7 days a week a 'dolce vita' experience with breakfast, lunch and dinner or just for a drink.
We had a quick stop at our favorite restaurant again, during Haarlem Jazz Festival, we could get a table without reservation, which is quite unique and again had a great dinner...
Super tasty food and great wines.. the freshly made scroppino's are also highly recommendable like the restaurant!
4.5 based on 136 reviews
Not in the touristy area, but accross the river Spaarne at like 10 min walk from Central Square Grote Markt this place is. Really worth a walk.
Close to the only entrygate Haarlem has still left, looking towards the city of Amsterdam (Amsterdamse Poort.. Amsterdam Gate) this is a hidden gem.
Great food, lots of choices of pizza, nice housewine, good service.
Everything we tried was tasty.
Certainly worth a visit.
4.5 based on 367 reviews
The Golden Bull will serve the unique, mouth melting and flavorful steaks in the whole Haarlem City. We are very glad to serve the Wagyu kobe style beef, New Zealand Hereford beef, Scottish Aberdeen Angus and Argentine Hereford together with the most delicious wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy and USA. Experience the great food, service and atmosphere at the "Steakhouse The Golden Bull".
We had an excellent dinner at The Golden Bull.
Empenadas and chorizo sausages as a starter and entrecote and ribeye as a main.
The steaks were perfectly cooked. Accompanied by a salad and the signature home made fries. Very nice.
Good red house wines from either Chili or Argentina.
Very recommendable if you desire a steak in Haarlem.
4.5 based on 213 reviews
Awesome! Luv every bit of my 6 courses Dinner. The Menu is creatively created ans the ingredients are smartly selected. The atmosphere is trendy n I adore the open kitchen. The wine pairing is absolute recommended. You get a fantastic selection of lebanese (48 old years mighty yummy lebanese dessert wine) 5 European wines icl from Zeeland, NL. The staffs are so adoring friendly n highly competent. A must visit if you are around.
4.5 based on 243 reviews
Authentic urban Frenchy bistro offering great French wines at surprisingly affordable prices, lobsters, dry aged beef and oysters.
Ate here with friends last month. The staff are excellent and go out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience. The food was nice but nothing really out of this world. We waited a very long time for a table but we hadn't booked so no complaints there.
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