Restaurants and bars in Weesp
More than just serene river views and windmills, Weesp has a tidy number of eateries and places to drink to choose from, whether that’s old-school brown bar favourites, cosy living room-style cafés, Latin-American and Asian street food, or even beer brewed in a church.
Mevrou & Co
After time spent in South Africa, the owner of this café decided to bring a little bit of the country back with them. The end result is Mevrou & Co; a bright, family-friendly space that has little winks and nods to the country, from its seasonal menu to Hendrik, the bison on the wall. Decked out in Pantone Peach-coloured wells and complete with a children’s play area, this is a great choice for families with young kids who want a little break outside the house. Head here for a morning smoothie and a smashed avocado on toast, and hang around until the afternoon for a crisp glass of Chenin Blanc on the terrace.
An all-day diner, this stylish eatery on the popular shopping street Slijkstraat is a necessary detour after some retail therapy. Designed with charcoal walls, a floor-to-ceiling bar and indoor trees, the decor is a sumptuous affair as it is. Luckily the menu stacks up too – with lunchtime sandwiches like the classic BLT for the traditionalists (and a huge portion at that) or a croquette-topped open sandwich for those after a Dutch classic. Plus, there’s a high-tea option if you’re feeling especially lavish.
You can’t really get to know a city without trying the local tipple, so head to Wispe Brouwerij: a brewery housed in a church that’s been converted into a grand café. Between the copper kettles, the high ceilings and airy interiors, this is a beautiful setting to enjoy home-brewed seasonal beers, Dutch snack platters and burgers. During the day, guided tours will take you through the entire Wispe brewing process, and you can also have a peek at how Anker Weesp's jenever and liqueurs are distilled. If you’ve had a few drinks and don’t want to leave, find a spectacular luxury apartment called The Clock Tower in the church tower. After climbing the 155 steps to this exclusive outpost, admire the sweeping views from the free-standing bath.
Tucked away on an island and nestled behind Weesp’s historical Ossenmarkt fort, you’ll find the idyllic Theetuin Noot. A former ammunition shed turned tea garden, the menu here is farm-to-table, meaning most of the produce is grown in the surrounding fields. Studded with gravel paths, leaf-covered archways, rounded bushes and pistachio cabins, this is the spot for dreamy afternoon teas.
One of the city’s finer dining options, Restaurant Harmsen excels with a polished and compact menu and snug interior. Set across multiple floors, the food here focuses on seasonal and Dutch produce first. The fish and seafood are all sourced locally, from mussels and clams, and even the burrata hails from the Netherlands (Enschede, to be specific). Fish tends to be the focus here, best enjoyed over long dinners with a glass of wine.
Chido Streetfood Bar
Latin America meets East and Southeast Asia at the canalside Chido Streetfood Bar opposite the Wispe Browerij. With a menu featuring everything from Thai coconut chicken croquettes and Peking duck pancakes to quesadillas and ceviche, bring food worlds together and order a few small plates to share – best enjoyed in the summertime overlooking the water, post beers.
La Base Pizza
Plating up pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven, this Neapolitan-style pizzeria has you covered when you crave a slice. While the classic red and white pizzas deserve a mention, perhaps what makes this place so alluring is the location itself. Dock up with your boat (if you’ve rented or got one) at the terrace on the water and pick up your pizzas here for a waterside bite. And in the summer, it’s a perfect spot for a picnic, just wine, pizza, sunshine and long, lazy days.
Café Restaurant De Eendracht Weesp
If you like people-watching with your food and drink, consider De Eendracht your go-to in Weesp. Nestled just in front of Weesp’s imposing town hall, this homey café has a pull, perhaps because of its perfect proportions, worn-wood bar and beamed ceiling. Describing itself as 'the cosiest living room in Weesp', get yourself comfortable for lunch, dinner and drinks while you watch the world go by from the window. Just make sure you grab a slice of the homemade apple pie, too.
Sometimes all you want when you go out is to feel like you're at home and Café t'Hoekje capitalises on that feeling. A cosy, living room-style café filled with brocade furniture and pastel colours has that lovely warmth that makes staying here for hours an easy choice. The big breakfasts and hefty slices of pie don't hurt either, so opt for one with a cappuccino in the morning as you gaze out onto the dreamy cobblestones of Weesp.
Café Toeters en Bellen
The spacious terrace and dock of Café Toeters en Bellen are great places to drink when the sun’s out. And even when it isn’t, this old-school brown bar offers space for bands, parties, music and sports quizzes, wine and beer tastings, plus live sports on the big screen. One for all occasions, moor up your boat and get your bitterballen order in, whatever the weather.