Den Bosch, or ‘s-Hertogenbosch as it is sometimes called, is located towards the South of The Netherlands. While it may not be an as popular destination as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, it still holds the Dutch charm that I have fallen for over the past over.
The cobbled streets and traditional Dutch buildings make for a more authentic feel than Rotterdam or The Hague and the many independent businesses that line the shopping areas give off a wonderful sense of community and pride among the 150, 000 people that reside here. Locals are proud of their home and will be quick to tell you they are part of the Netherlands, not Holland which is a different province.
It is a wonderful place to stroll around and dip in and out of the many cafes, bars and restaurants.
The Yoghurt Barn is actually a chain throughout the country and the perfect place to stop for a light breakfast. Serving a wide range of yoghurts with various toppings, cakes and coffees in bright, succulent-filled dining area. They also serve their speciality of Barn Toast with Banana Bite, Avocado Addict and Fabulous Fig, which I can fully recommend.
Robbie’s Concept Store and Cafe
If you ever feel stuck in a rut or lack of direction, go to Robbie’s and speak to the wonderful lady who runs the store, she will honestly make you feel like you can take on the world and achieve any dream you ever had, seriously. Robbie’s cafe is situated inside the store and serves up breakfast and lunch. I recommend the vegetarian quiche followed by a wander around the store which a treasure trove of unique homeware and gifts. The quirky store was once a former bank and if you head downstairs you can still see the former vaults in full glory.
I didn’t get a chance to visit here but was recommended it by someone who had visited it previously. Nom Nom’s has a large outdoor terrace and serves a world cuisine including Korean and other Asian inspired dishes. It sounds like a great place to eat and have a few drinks during the summer months.
Stadsherberg ‘t Pumpke
A quaint and traditional Dutch pub in the middle of the city, we headed hear to try their signature chocolate bomb – A large chocolate covered dough ball filled with a large amount of fresh cream – definitely a more indulgent treat but delicious none the less. In the evening the quiet pub turns into a place for nightlife for both locals and tourists alike.
A traditional French restaurant located on Korte Putstraat ( the main hub for restaurants in the city). The restaurant serves a large selection of fresh fish and shellfish, but being vegetarian I went for the truffle ravioli which was incredible. The restaurant has an upmarket atmosphere providing a quiet place to eat and drink fine wine after a day of exploring.
Another stunningly decorated restaurant perfect for evening dining, if you are sat upstairs be sure to check out the wonderful rainforest themed statement wallpaper. Here I had a starter of Gamba and red curry, which tasted as authentic as you would get in Thailand.
If you are looking for a more homely stay book into the Uylenhof Hotel, here you can book into your own apartment but still have all the perks of hotel service, including a room service breakfast fresh from the local bakery. Located close to the local attractions as well as restaurants and bars, the Ulyenhof is unique stay with luxurious perks.
Blogger transparency: I visited Den Bosch as part of a press trip with Visit Holland, however my ever growing love for this country and opinions are all my own.