We have compiled a list of our favourite places to eat and drink in and around Groningen.
The Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat (a ten minute walk from the faculty, around the corner from the Academy building) has a number of coffee and lunch places:
FLFL: Excellent falafel.
Jaxon’s: Has a €5 lunch deal, and fine selection of ice creams.
Il Gusto: Lots of sandwiches.
No25: A bit more upmarket.
Black & Bloom: Best coffee in town.
On the Nieuwe Ebbingestraat, no.62:
Elmer’s: About five minutes from the faculty.
Closest to the faculty, in the middle of the park:
Zondag: Nice, but not cheap.
Other lunch options:
Highly praised Vietnamese food at La Ca Banh Mi: Corner of Westersingel and Verlengde Vsserstraat. About ten minutes from the faculty.
Very good Vietnamese noodle soup at Pho Saigon: About twenty minutes from the faculty.
Historic (1635) state tax office, now a restaurant— Het Goudkantoor (Waagplein 1)—serves a nice lunch and a fine dinner. Try the mustard soup: a northern classic!
Friday is market day at the Vismarkt, which is a twenty minute walk from the faculty. If you’re looking for fish and/or chips, there is no better place.
Tea, sammies, and quiet contemplation
Prinsentuin garden: Renaissance-style garden with sections for herbs & roses, plus a small café serving sandwiches. Accessible through a gate on Kattenhage, or via the Prinsenhof Hotel at Martinikerkhof 23. (Just north of the Martini tower.)
Café Uurwerker: Very good wood oven pizza. Shared seating. Uurwerkersplein 1, about ten minutes from the faculty.
Cho Fah: Good Thai food. Gelkingestraat 5.
Thai Jasmine: Just as good. Gedempte Zuiderdiep 19.
De Kleine Moghul: Best Indian food in the city. Nieuwe Boteringestraat 62. (That’s only two minutes from the faculty.)
Hanasato: Authentic Japanese cuisine. Gedempte Zuiderdiep 55.
Prinsenhof Grand Café: Lunch, High Tea, Dinner, Drinks. Housed in a former monastery dating from 1436. Martinikerkhof 23. (Just north of the Martini tower.)
Feithhuis: Local flavours artfully presented. Martinikerkhof 10. (Just south of the Martini tower.)
Voilà: Excellent French cuisine. Fixed menu for €45. W.A. Scholtenstraat 39
Paviljoen Sterrenbos: Best restaurant in town at the moment, but a bit hard to get too. Their 5-dish surprise menu for €32.50 is amazing value.
There is no shortage of watering holes in Groningen—the stellar quality of education at the University of Groningen is not the only reason the town is popular with students. Here are some of our favourites, but any selection will do many others injustice.
De Kale Jonker: A typical Dutch “café”. Great atmosphere. Gedempte Zuiderdiep 148.
De Graanrepubliek: A “literary café”. Gedempte Kattendiep 11.
Mr. Mofongo: Next to the academy building, hence very popular with students. Has an excellent cocktail bar upstairs. Oude Boteringestraat 26.
Drie Gezusters: Three bars in one, in a historic building on the Grote Markt. You can’t miss it: there’s a huge terrace in front. (Also: don’t forget to have a look at the impressive stained-glass ceiling in the pub.) Grote Markt 36-39.
Note: if you want coffee, go to a café. Coffee shops sell something else. For example, Metamorphose is about ten minutes from the faculty at Oude Ebbingestraat 53/1, right across the street from the University’s administrative headquarters, and it sells something else.
Snacks and groceries
Albert Heijn (AH) and Jumbo are consistently the best options for easy snacks, wine and beer, cheese, and pre-packaged ready-to-eat salads. They both have many locations in the city centre.
Ekoplaza also has higher-end and vegan offerings, but you’ll need to bring your own bags and containers. They have two locations: one is near the conference venue (Nieuwe Ebbingestraat 49-51) and the other is in the city centre (Gedempte Zuiderdiep 65).
Better wines and spirits can also be found at Gall & Gall. Still-better options can be found at specialty shops. For example, Slijterij Groningen (Vismarkt 36) has a great selection of specialty beers and jenever (Dutch gin).