New cafés and restaurants are mushrooming in Groningen centre, and you will find even more fun and enjoyable ones on the outskirts. Many locals frequent these venues, each of which has its very own and special story. We present 6 restaurants and cafés from the various Groningen districts.
Kroeg van Klaas
Oosterpoortbuurt – Sit at the bar with a draught beer while other patrons play billiards behind you and the barman chats away with a regular. It’s as if time has stopped in De Kroeg van Klaas, located in a village-like area just a few minutes from the city centre on foot. That this pub has been a household word in the Oosterpoortbuurt for almost 50 years is no great surprise. It’s the place to be for African jam sessions on Sunday afternoons, a monthly poetry club in the backroom and activities such as pub quizzes, dances and intimate concerts.Read more
Korrewegwijk – You will find the friendly Korrewegwijk within walking distance from the centre, next to the Noorderplantsoen park. This district features various lovely restaurants, which include Buurman&Buurman, De Padangbar and Beer&; the Groningen beer and food restaurant. The stress of choosing will be a thing of the past with their monthly menu comprising 3 meat, 3 fish and 3 vegetarian dishes. Using local and seasonal products from a local baker, fishmonger, butcher and their own kitchen garden, this is an asset for the district, both for residents and tourists.Read more
Oranjebuurt – The charming Lambik gastropub is located on the outskirts of the Noorderplantsoen park. 25 years ago, owners Eddy and Ageeth transformed a pub into this colourful venue. Guests of all ages come to enjoy a fresh daily meal after whiling away an afternoon in the park. And we have news for you ever-doubters: it is impossible to linger for too long, because their daily menu consists of two dishes: vegetarian or meat, ensuring that fresh food is served at all times. On warm summer nights, when tables and chairs are moved outside, it’s easy to imagine yourself at an outdoor café in France.Read more
Uit de Buurt
Helpman – Vincent, who was born and bred in Helpman, knows all there is to know about processing the tastes from this district into his dishes. Choose from a 3, 4, 5 or 6-course meal and experience a surprising explosion of flavour combinations. ‘Uit de buurt’ (From the district) lives up to its name, working with local products where possible. The seasonal products, friendly staff and colourful interior are guaranteed to complete the evening. Their menu changes every two weeks, so there are always surprises to keep your tastebuds on their toes.Read more
Rivierenbuurt – Located right behind the main railway station, this charming café is frequented by people of all ages. Now this is what a local should be like, with everything you need to ensure a lovely evening. Have a flutter at the gambling machine, throw some darts and enjoy a nice cool draught speciality beer. With 40 speciality beers (and counting), this is the place to be for Friday afternoon drinks, a birthday or any other reason for a gathering. Not surprisingly, for the past 90 years this former off-licence is the ultimate place for a delightful spirit – of the liquid kind.Read more
Het Oude Politiebureau
Oosterparkwijk – Het Oude Politiebureau city restaurant is a charming venue in a special building that features a decorative interior with various Oosterparkwijk elements. Dishes prepared according to recipes from all sorts and places are served here, while sustainability, the use of local ingredients and a social character are considered paramount. In addition, this is a non-profit work/training company where restaurant and café enthusiasts can learn the ropes of the trade while working. And don’t let their rates keep you away: the Oude Politiebureau considers everyone should be able to go out for a meal, so they keep prices low.