Katfé, the first Cat Café in Utrecht will open soon!

Cat lovers around the world listen up! After the success in Amsterdam and other cities around the world, Utrecht is finally coming with a “Cat Café” named Katfé.

After a crowdfunding process and help from 65 volunteers around the neighbourhood, they have finally managed to find the right location and the construction has started. Katfé will be located where the old Wibra store used to be, in the Amsterdamsestraatweg in Utrecht.

Cuddling with Cats
Katfé is going to be a place where you can enjoy a coffee or a small bite while you can cuddle with several cats from all shapes and breeds. Don’t be mistaken, it’s not the place to bring your own cat, but to enjoy the company of others. There are many cats on the streets of Utrecht that love to sneak into different café’s and bars, which is not always the best place for them to hide or relax. The Katfé will be the perfect sollution for this problem and the cats will have a safe and especially designed area for them to play and relax.

Cat café, Katfé in Utrecht

Jelmer Bergsma en Stephanie van Hovell came up with the idea a few years ago and believe that cats can bring cat lovers together. “It’s also the perfect place for those that can’t keep a cat in their own home, for whatever reason”.

Katfé is planning to open the doors early Juli 2018, Miawow!


Amsterdamsestraat weg 253, Utrecht

These are the Best Giftshops in Utrecht

The festive season is just around the corner. Sinterklaasavond (a Dutch celebration for kids) and Christmas eve are only a couple of weeks ahead and everybody’s getting ready to have family gatherings full of gifts.. Oh boy, the stress! Thankfully you can find many cosy giftshops in Utrecht where you can get everything you need. If you are in in Utrecht, be sure to check this perfect guide to find lovely presents.

Paperbird Conceptstore, Oudkerkhof 40
If you are looking for various accessories and clothing, this is the place you should go to. They have a lot of glittery fashion items, which will be perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are also many beauty products and home decorations for sale. Run by two boss ladies, this concept store deserves a mention in the best giftshops in Utrecht.

Paperbird Concept store
Fashion and accessories at Paperbird

Pracht, Oudegracht 133
Pracht is a little jewellery shop at a corner at the busy Oudegracht. You can find various jewellery, bags and accessories there in different price ranges.

Pracht, Giftshops in Utrecht

Atelier Ohlala, Kintgenshaven 1A
This hidden shop is close to the cozy Neude. The shop is very mini, but they have a nice assortment varying from golden rings to cute coffee cups and baby goodies.

Ready for the festive season, Atelier Oelala

It’s a Present, Lijnmarkt 16
If you go to It’s a Present, you will be sure to buy something. The store has so many things and you will probably buy something that you didn’t think you would ever need. Choose from a variety of cacti, (animal) coffee cups, postcards and many other knick knacks.


Just in time for the holidays!

Keck & Lisa, Zadelstraat 38
Keck & Lisa is the place if you need anything for the kitchen or just a fun gift for your friends. It’s full of wanna-haves and you can walk around here for hours. The whole store is fully stuffed with amazing gifts and tools. It will be hard to leave this store empty handed!


WAAR, Lijnmarkt 21
WAAR has a wide range of sustainable goodies. You can buy fairtrade food and drinks, but also special soap, candles, beauty products and home decorations.


All the Luck in the World, Zadelstraat 15
This store made it to our list of Coolest Concept Stores in Amsterdam so it’s a must visit if you are looking for giftstores in Utrecht. Another nice and cozy shop is All the Luck in the World. They sell many jewellery items, but also cute home accessories and postcards plus you can grab a nice coffee while you’re at it!

Coolest concept stores in Amsterdam

So what are you waiting for, get yourself some gifts right in time for the holidays!



More Utrecht? Check out this recently opened hotspot!

Hotspot: De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Close to the lively Ledig Erf in Utrecht is a new coffee bar/bookshop; De Utrechtse Boekenbar. It’s a shop where you can buy interesting books and drink a cup of coffee while reading your new book purchase.

Founder Tim van den Hoed started a crowdfunding campaign to make his dream Book-Bar become a reality. Because he’s born and raised in Utrecht, he felt like this was the city where he wanted to open the Boekenbar. Utrecht is also a cultural city with many music, art and book projects. Van den Hoed wanted to create a space with ambiance where both the coffee and the book assortment were good. De Utrechtse Boekenbar is quite unique because of the combination of interesting and special books and the possibility to have a drink at the same place. You can come here for novels, travel books, cookbooks and table photo books. All are displayed with the front faced forward. 

Utrechtse boekenbar

More than just a bookstore
The Utrechtse Boekenbar is a place for everyone. You can meet up with friends but the bar is also suitable for studying. The shop is sleek, with a comfortable sitting area and a wide range of books and a simple café. Books are both available in English and Dutch and the assortment is not very standard as you may expect. Your attention is immediately drawn to all the fascinating book covers that are placed around the store.

Koffie bij de Utrechtse Boekenbar
And yes, they serve good coffee at the Utrechtse Boekenbar!

You can also buy a variety of stationary items and at the bar you can enjoy a coffee, ice tea and (homemade!) cookies and pies. Tim is at the shop six days a week and pretty much runs the shop on his own. But he’ll always goes out of his way to have a small conversation about the store, and give you the best book recommendations! So if you’re searching for a new book and combine this with a nice cup of coffee, go to De Utrechtse Boekenbar!

The Utrechtse Boekenbar
Westerkade 2, Utrecht



*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

Wundernacht » Adventure awaits in Amsterdam & Utrecht

What do you get when we, travel addicts, and surprise experts team up: a night out in Amsterdam that you will never forget! Yes, we have been working together “in secret” with the boys from Wundernacht to create a Wanderlust X Wundernacht experience. We hear you think..What is a Wundernacht?

Well, let’s explain. Wundernacht organizes surprise nights out in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Curated by locals. This way you get to places that are not mentioned in the usual tourists brochures or that you wouldn’t normally go to. Are you a true explorer? Time to find out! Wundernacht is ideal for those who are not familiar in Amsterdam or Utrecht and for those who want to discover something unique and unexpected in 1 night! Wundernacht currently offers 3 packages; A sweet little secret, The big trip, Cosmonaut Adventure and now.. Wanderlust! Together we created a list of unique & fun experiences that everyone needs to go to at least once in their life. Luckily we are here for you which will make it easier to navigate, eat, and enjoy our favorite places in Amsterdam.

Wundernacht X Wanderlust

Amsterdam girls ready to plan your adventure!

“Are you ready for the unexpected?”

How does it work?
Pretty simple actually. Go to www.wundernacht.com and book your night by clicking on “Book Now”. Each night has a different price and our Wanderlust experience will cost 120 euro’s for 2 people. You can book our evening from 2 people upwards. This will include dinner & drinks, an experience and something to close of the night. What you will do? You won’t have a clue! Well, that’s until we send you a text message at 6pm with the address of your first destination in your selected city. During the evening we will keep in touch to see if everything runs smoothly for you. At each place you will receive an envelop with your next destination.. So when Wundernacht asked us to curate a Wanderlust Experience, we didn’t have to think twice!

WANDERLUST (do you see it?)

True, it wouldn’t be fair talk if we didn’t experience a Wundernacht ourselves, so we tried & tested.. and even though Amsterdam is our hometown, we enjoyed dinner at a place we had never been before, experienced a concert of an amazing upcoming artist and closed the night in a (really cool) secret bar we had never heard of. Yes they pulled it of, they truly surprised us!

Wundernacht X Wander-Lust
Our surprise night out with Wundernacht took us to places we had never been before

So if you are looking for a spontaneous adventure in Amsterdam or Utrecht then you’ve come to the right place! There are so many hidden treasures out there waiting to be discovered. Our Wanderlust package will give you an experience that will leave you different than when you came — get inspired, meet new friends, experience newly-discovered spots – and get the experience of a lifetime!

Are you ready to expect the unexpected? Book our Wanderlust Experience here!


Elke & Sarah

Hotspot in Utrecht » The Village

I was born in Utrecht, a vibrant student city in the middle of The Netherlands.
People call it small Amsterdam but locals would prefer to call their city a cozy medieval old town with canals, monuments and a good university.
I moved to Amsterdam about 7 years ago but I love coming back to Utrecht when I get the chance. Lot’s of new restaurants (especially for great lunch) and coffee bars are popping up by the month. There’s one place I had never been before even though they already have 3 locations. I’m talking about The Village.

The village Utrecht
Coffee in all sorts

The village has been around for a couple of years already so it’s not the newest hotspot but certainly one of the coolest. Like mentioned before, they have 3 locations of which one is located in the old jail of Utrecht. Pretty cool right?
At this location they also serve lunch and dinner but what makes them extra special is the in-house bakery and distillery.
Once every fortnight, they offer a 5 course meal for 37,50 with a theme that changes every now and then.

“Music is an important part of the Village with several music events on their calendar and art on their walls”

The Village Utrecht wolfplein

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The Village at the wolvenplein is located in an old jail.

The other locations are in the voorstraat which is pretty central and a popular hangout for coffee and music lovers.
Tip » It’s great for coffee and relax with friends but not the best place to work as they don’t offer WIFI.

Their 3rd location is at the science park which is a little bit more out of town. 
Music is an important part of the Village with several music events on their calendar and art on their walls. (which you can buy!)
They have even won the title for the best coffee bar of Utrecht 2013 so that’s something they can be proud of.

music at The village in Utrecht
Music magazine at The Village in the voorstraat

The Village
Science Park Utrecht
Bisschopssteeg 21
Wolvenplplein (old jail)
Wolvenplein 29
The Village Centre
Voorstraat 46




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