New shops, restaurants and cafes in Groningen

The summer of 2019 was a summer of many changes. At least, when it comes to the restaurants, cafés and shops in Groningen. Papa Joe was transformed into Bistro Boys, the sisters Mansholt (Holtbar) gave way to the sisters Nguyen (LaCa) and the RubRider turned out to be a good alternative to our trusted bikes. Here we list a few great new additions to our city. So that you can keep discovering Groningen. Have fun!

Yanagi | Introducing Groningers to Ramen

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 44 – Freshly made broth with noodles, (crispy) vegetables, a boiled egg and, if desired, pieces of grilled meat, fish or soy. This dish is called ramen in Japan. The dish is not only very tasty, but also healthy, affordable and prepared very quickly. For these reasons, owner Xin thought it was time to finally introduce the people of Groningen to this popular street food dish. Already getting hungry? Yanagi is open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner.

WAAR | Giving presents for a better world

Vismarkt 14 – WAAR is back. After 2,5 years the store has reappeared at the Vismarkt. Better and even more green than before, because in this gift shop you won’t find anything that isn’t fair-trade, locally produced, organic or eco-friendly. You can find new-fashioned city maps of Groningen, recyclable bags for your sandwich, chemically untreated plants and much more that you can go and discover yourself.

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RubRider Groningen | Touring through the city and province without a sound

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 144 – You have probably seen them pass by somewhere. They are a mix between an electric scooter and a normal scooter. For the sake of convenience we call this the RubRider. Since last summer you are able to rent, lease or buy one of these RubRiders at the Zuiderdiep. And with that, not only a CO2-neatral means of transport has been added to Groningen, but also an option for a nice day out! On a single battery you can drive 25 km per hour, up to a distance of 70 kilometers. The RubRider is therefore ideal to go on a silent and eco-friendly ride through the province.

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Bistro Boys | Deliciously simple

Folkingestraat 46 – The Folkingestraat had to say goodbye to Papa Joe and instead welcomed the brand new Bistroboys, including a brilliant make-over. No chic fumbling or stiff hassle, but casually enjoying a bite, a drink and simple but delicious dishes. And all of this gets even better when combined with the two ever-good-humored hosts Guide and Floris, who you might already know from De Sigaar. They decided that it was time to start their own business. “Not because our place is so revolutionary or slick, but simply because we love good food, great drinks and ‘gezelligheid’. Just go and have a look inside when you are around. And if you are there anyway…

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Smaakaron | Tiny works of art waiting to be eaten

Oude Ebbingestraat 46 – Macaroons are those cheerfully colored, airy cookies filled with a delicious ganache. Not only do they look great, then can also be combined and varied with in endless ways. If you love them, you have a new favorite place in Groningen. At Smaakaron there are over 20 different flavors of macaroons waiting to be eaten. Or visit the shop for a professional and fun workshop on how to make those delicious macaroons. One to remember for a party or your girlfriend’s birthday.

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LaCa | Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraatfood

Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 20 – There where you could previously find concept store Holtbar, you can now find a very tasty eastern concept. The Manholt sisters gave way to the Groningen-Vietnamese sisters Nguyen, who you might know from their food truck with the same name that would regularly appear on the Kraneweg. At LaCa you can get authentic Vietnamese street food, which you can already smell when walking by. Think for example of spring rolls, pho soup, noodle salads and Vietnamese sandwiches. LaCa is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.

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FLO. | A piece of Tel Aviv in the Ebbingekwartier

Langestraat 66 – Tel Aviv is a city where many cultures come together. That is why the Israeli city has a very creative and artistic vibe, which you can mainly see in the Florentin area. The food, the drinks and the vibe, the energy of the city in combination with the small and cozy, are in a way very similar to Groningen. And that is why FLO. settled in the right place: the former gas factory in the creative and bustling Ebbingekwartier. FLO. is open for lunch and dinner and the menu consists mostly of street- and comfort food.

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Museum café Het Pomphuis | For those sunny days

Kleine der A 7 – What a shame that such a beautiful monumental building besides the water is no longer used, must have been what Nick and Jan Bas were thinking.  The idea of starting a café or restaurant there had been around for some time. But since it would not be opened this summer, they decided to already make the terrace ready for some guests. It turned out to be a very good idea, because as soon as the sun came out, the pop-up terrace pops up. They do not have a logo or website yet, but that will all come later. As well as the inside area, so that the café can be open on those rainy days. Until then, Het Pomphuis will be open if the weather gods allow it to be, from around 12 o’clock in the afternoon. Keep an eye on this side of the A, because many good things are about to happen here in the near future.

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