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Things to do in Groningen

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Impressive museum with changing collections on display. The design of the building is dramatic and modern, the collections typically contemporary. Located across the train station in an absolutely beautiful part of the city.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Martinitoren (Martini Tower) is the highest church steeple in the city of Groningen. It is 97meters high and was completed in 1482. You can climb to the top (no elevators) and it gives you an amazing view of the city. Try to find your temporary home - as you can see it from there :-)”
  • 57 locals recommend
“Best place in the city for chilling with just a blanket and a bottle of wine. I love to watch people and chat with my friends over here. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
“great place for a stone oven baked pizza. Really popular with students because of their low prices. Great outdoor area. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Cinema. All Dutch movies have subtitles, so you can also easily follow the movie if you do not speak Dutch :-)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The city Groningen is living and the most beautiful city in the Netherlands. It is only 20 minutes by car!”
  • 29 locals recommend
“The central square in Groningen, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. With some beautiful architecture at the east, south and west sides, ranging from very old to very modern. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
“The cultural centre of Groningen, with many concerts and performance of national and international artists and performers.”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Great food but you should definetely check out the cocktailbar and wine bar”
  • 37 locals recommend
“Famous Stadspark, great for a romantic walk. Also a lot of big events take place in this park”
  • 18 locals recommend
“one of the best shopping streets in the Netherlands, with quirky boutiques and small concept stores: from clothes to presents and delis”
  • 36 locals recommend
“Not only a lovely building to see, but the regular stage for comedians, artists and performers. About 20 min walk from the appartment”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to eat
“I highly recommend the " brakke brunch" on the Sunday. From 11.30 till 15u. For 13euro its " all you can eat" Its located at a nice square with an outside terrace. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Get your fresh groceries (cheese, vegetables, fish, meat, nuts) at the local market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9.00-17.00 Local tip; if you are going around 16.00 on a Saturday you will be able to get fresh flowers for a bargain. They bundle several bouquets and you can buy them for 5 or 6 euro.”
  • 20 locals recommend
“The other best bar in Groningen for drinks is surely De Pintelier, which was not only voted best bar of the city but also the second best bar of the Netherlands. It features a wide selection of Belgian beers (I grudgingly admit their superiority) and is absolutely wonderful for atmosphere. Of course, being that famous, it’s often incredibly crowded. If you should go here and it’s full, you’ll be happy to know that the other bars close by are good as well.”
  • 21 locals recommend
“especially on Friday and Saturday an extensive food market. famous for fresh fish, dutch cheese, meat and vegetables.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

“great place for a stone oven baked pizza. Really popular with students because of their low prices. Great outdoor area. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Cozy place for lunch or drinks in the park. Salads there are tasty and huge. The outdoor seating is amazing both during winter with the fire pit and summer with the natural sunlight.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“ Informal, a bit loud, but the vibe is fun and the cooking was very well-executed when we were there. They do breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the biggest influence is New Hip American, “small bites”, waffles, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, fondue, none of which sounds exciting but they do try to put a fresh spin on things. Definitely make a reservation. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
“De Drie Gezusters isn’t the cheapest, it doesn’t provide the best quality drinks in town and the atmosphere can be a little crowded. So why visit? Because with its collection of twenty connected bars and 3750 person capacity, it’s the largest collective bar in Europe featuring beer taps. It can be found dominating the entire southern side of the Grote Markt. Visit it for the experience!”
  • 13 locals recommend
“This is more of a summertime hangout for us because they have a nice big terrace on a canal, but one day a serious rainstorm appeared out of nowhere and we had to hang out inside for a couple of hours and it was also nice. Above-average food. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
“The ’t Feithhuis baristas are happy to conjure up the most amazing and delicious espresso and cappuccino works of art. In addition, there is the monthly Barista Jam for real coffee lovers: a free workshop that teaches the tricks of the coffee trade and introduces the amazing world of coffee.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Casual place to eat. every week a different menu. Mostly local and bio products. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
“Semi-posh/industrial/informal hangout known more for their high-quality live jazz than for their beer, worth checking to see if there's something on their schedule. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

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