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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.
Science Museum
“Teylers Museum Teylers Museum is the best-preserved 18th-century public knowledge institution for the arts and sciences in the world. It has been open to the public since 1784, welcoming all those who are eager to look at objects of interest in the visual arts and the sciences. It is a unique place with a remarkable atmosphere, and a visit is bound to be an unforgettable experience.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Jopen has restored the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition. A former church in the lively center of Haarlem has been transformed into a modern city brewery, grand café and restaurant. The Jopenkerk Haarlem makes every visit a true experience. While enjoying lunch, tasting, drinks or dinner, you can watch the brewing process with your own eyes. A unique environment to taste, experience and enjoy. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The oldest art museum in the Netherlands remains as innovative as ever. Haarlem painters such as Frans Hals started implementing exciting, artistic innovations at the beginning of the 17th century. Thus they unleashed the unparalleled boom of painting in the Golden Age. Art that still has – to this day – an unrivalled international allure.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Plaza
“You can find all the shops there, even a mall. A great place if you want to go for shopping, way less crowded than Amsterdam. ”
  • 113 locals recommend
Church
“The group of friends of the Friends of the Great Church association provides tours of the Great Church, attic tours, tower climbs, excursions to the Müller organ and tours for students in the Great or St. Bavo Church. Every Saturday there is a regular tour of the Grote Kerk at 2 p.m. Between May 15 and October 1 there is an additional tour at 2:30 PM. The church tour lasts approximately one hour and costs, including admission, € 6. No reservation required.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Haarlem - Check out their website, the programming might have a nice surprise for you.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Haarlem's city centre! Find the hidden gems in the small streets around, or go for the International chains like Zara, Costes or H&M.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Plaza
“To explore even more of Haarlem’s market life, then the Saturday market on nearby Botermarkt is also a favourite with the locals and offers a more intimate market experience than its more well-known neighbour.”
  • 33 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“A french restaurant in the Center of Haarlem! Very popular bistro amongst the locals. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Museum
“Molen De Adriaan (Windmill) ★★★★ Papentorenvest 1A, Haarlem molenadriaan.nl/nl/ Haarlem’s windmill is famous and not to be missed. Picture perfect setting on the river Spaarne and the sheer size of this windmill ensure that this is one of Haarlem’s most impressive constructions. Inside the windmill all the working parts may be viewed and are explained, from wind to energy. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Historic city centre with lots of shops, restaurants, squares, Churches and museums ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“City beach De Oerkap ★★★★ Harmenjansweg 95, Haarlem oerkap.nl The Oerkap is Haarlem’s beach venue and is located on the Harmenjansweg 95. open every day from 12:00 tot 0:00 hrs. Except: Sunday from 10:00, Tuesday from 15:00 hrs Open until the end of September”
  • 57 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“For some nice trendy food accompanied by some good wines, I would recommend this restaurant. Also for lunch this is a good option. Try the bruschetta's!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Lovely cafe with nice staff, good food options and good coffee. If you manage to get in before 10:00 you can also enjoy seeing the city waking up. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Famous Dutch steak House. Just order the steak and fries, it is a local hotspot”
  • 26 locals recommend
Building
“Haarlem has been voted as the Netherlands’ best shopping destination on several occasions, and a quick saunter around the boutique-lined streets will reveal exactly why. With everything from achingly cool concept stores to traditional markets and big brands to independent labels, as well as charming antique and curiosity shops around every corner, it’s no wonder that Haarlemmers call their shopping district ‘de Gouden Straatjes’ (streets of gold). Perhaps the best-known streets in Haarlem are the Grote Houtstraat, the Barteljorisstraat and the Zijlstraat. But don’t miss the chance to explore the smaller streets characteristic of this historic city, such as the Schagchelstraat, Kleine Houtstr”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Jopen has restored the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition. A former church in the lively center of Haarlem has been transformed into a modern city brewery, grand café and restaurant. The Jopenkerk Haarlem makes every visit a true experience. While enjoying lunch, tasting, drinks or dinner, you can watch the brewing process with your own eyes. A unique environment to taste, experience and enjoy. ”
  • 166 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A french restaurant in the Center of Haarlem! Very popular bistro amongst the locals. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For some nice trendy food accompanied by some good wines, I would recommend this restaurant. Also for lunch this is a good option. Try the bruschetta's!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Lovely cafe with nice staff, good food options and good coffee. If you manage to get in before 10:00 you can also enjoy seeing the city waking up. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Famous Dutch steak House. Just order the steak and fries, it is a local hotspot”
  • 26 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This is just one of the best places for lunch. After lunch visit the beautiful courtyard of the Proveniershof original almshouse.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great place for a nice coffee or tea. The also serve breakfast and lunch and some nice cakes! ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A restaurant located at the water with a view on a windmill. Tip! The last sunshine is here ;-)”
  • 33 locals recommend

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