Why You Need To Visit Haarlem, Holland

With cobblestone streets, winding alleyways, an abundance of cafes and chic shops the medieval city of Haarlem is a photographers dream. Located only fifteen minutes by train away from Amsterdam it is a perfect place to spend a few hours exploring.


What to Do in Haarlem

Unlike Amsterdam there isn’t a list of must see places in Haarlem. The beauty of the city is best found by wandering the alleys, streets and canals aimlessly. Below are some photos of the beautiful spots we found along our way.



Where to Eat

We walked past many beautiful cafes and restaurants but the ones below were the standouts.

Native Cafe for some of the best coffee in town.

Bij Babette for afternoon tea.

Chco Cafe for chocolate everything!

Friet Hoes for Dutch fries. Try these with mayonaise and satay sauce, just like the locals.



How To Get There

We used one of our return bus rides from our Kirkenhoff Entry and Bus combo ticket to get to Haarlem, which took an hour by bus. Upon return to Amsterdam we caught the train which took less than 15 minutes and cost €4.20.


How Long To Spend in Haarlem

We only had a few hours but could have easily spent the day there getting wonderfully lost in all of the beautiful streets, drinking coffee in the many cafes and shopping up a storm in all of the boutique stores along the way. If visiting in the summer you could even cycle to the beach in less than thirty minutes.
If I were to move to the Netherlands I would definitely live in Haarlem.


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