Sample dishes from all over the world

Leiden has hundreds of restaurants, cafés and bars. Every cuisine imaginable can be found here, and there is something available in every price range. If you want a tasty lunch or a relaxing drink at the end of the afternoon, Leiden has plenty to offer. You’ll find that many of Leiden’s restaurants and cafés are located in beautiful historic monuments, each with its own rich history. This is what gives the city its special ambience.


Nieuwe Rijn/Stadhuisplein
The Nieuwe Rijn is one of Leiden’s most atmospheric areas.This is where you will find many of the city’s restaurants and cafés, with their canal-side terraces – or even a terrace on the water. 

This area around the Pieterskerk has numerous narrow streets, packed with unusual shops and restaurants. The Kloksteeg with its views of
the centuries-old Pieterskerk, is one of Leiden’s prettiest and most atmospheric streets.

Harbour area/Zijlpoort
The neighbourhood around the harbour is where you will find some of the city’s finest eating places. This is also the location of the historic Zijlpoort that now houses a restaurant. 

Passing through the Mors Gate you will stumble on an incredible culinary diversity. From Spanish tapas and finger food to French delicatessen. The Beestenmarkt a little further on is home to even more friendly terraces.

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