THE BREDA CITY GUIDE
It’s time to discover the pearl of the South of The Netherlands and the pride of Brabant. It’s Sarah’s hometown (did you know that?), and she goes back many times a year. We’ve picked some unforgettable places that should be on everyone’s list when visiting Breda. In other words: Breda is HOT!
The city exudes coziness and is a perfect destination to enjoy food, drinks, and shopping.
Where to eat in Breda?
Mr Moos Bar & Bistro, Grote Markt 40-42
Hello cool place! In the heart of Breda on the Grote Markt you find this massive but warm bar & Bistro. The owner of Bobbi’s bar completely renovated the restaurant a couple of years ago to trendy yet classic and fancy spot. The bar, the floors and the love seats are just fabulous.You’ll feel like you’re in New York when you enter the restaurant. The dishes like carpaccio, burgers and Caesar salad are tasteful and fairly priced.
The Streetfood club Breda, Van Coothplein 17b
The Instagram spot of Breda! With palmtrees, jungle wallpaper, gigantic hot air balloon on the first floor, flower power flooring, this is definitely one of the coolest places we have geen. If you visit Breda and you didn’t check out this spot, you will regret it forever. The owners opened their first Streetfood Club in Utrecht, and decided to open their second one in the vibrant city of Breda. Every second you will discover something new which is as beautiful. The flood with Latin-American and Asian influences is super tasteful.
Puick, Veemarktstraat 56
This place in the centre of Breda can be best described as a living room where you can enjoy a healthy fair-trade meal between hanging plants, peaking cactuses, old Chesterfields and vintage 70’s lamps. So if you want to go for a healthy lunch with creative green dishes, this is your place to go!
Hotspots such as trendy restaurants, cafés, and concept stores pop up one after another.
Big Belly Bar, Prinsenkade 3
Big Belly is located at the harbour of Breda and is a paradise for tasting. They serve many creative variations on well-known comfort food dishes but in smaller portions so that you can try out various plates. Wine, beer and coffee lovers will also be well served here as they fill half of the taps with their own beers and have selected 24 very cool wines from a limited number of wineries. You can also choose the coffee beans you would like to have for your cup of coffee Big Belly is open for lunch, dinner or a drink and they are also planning to organise party evenings with live music performances.
Bobbi’s bar, Gasthuispoort 1
Probably one of the biggest hotspots in Breda right now. The ambiance in this restaurant is great and it is beautifully decorated to the last detail (especially the bar which looks like it’s straight out some movie). So if you want to dine in an Instagram-proof restaurant with velvet chairs, neon lighting, and golden detailed interior; head your way to Bobbi’s! The restaurant is often full, so a reservation is a must.
Chocolat, Torenstraat 9a
Planning a special date night or just feeling like having an elegant dinner? The culinary restaurant Chocolat serves special and creative dishes made of seasonal products. Be prepared for an explosion of flavours while sitting in a fancy chocolate brown interior.
FoodHall, Reigerstraat 24
This big industrial-styled open space has a big bar in the middle and is surrounded by food stalls where you can find 14 different kitchens with a wide variety of dishes and drinks from all over the world. This is the place to be if you want to eat, drink and socialize with friends, family or colleagues in an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. The FoodHall also regularly has live music performances during the weekend and they hold game / quiz nights. Check the program here.
’t Hart van Breda, Grote Markt 4-6
Are you strolling around the city and want to have a little break while enjoying a drink and a little snack? ‘t Hart is a cozy, easy-going café located in the middle of the city centre with a large outside terrace. They are famous for their delicious nachos.
Tiger Club, Sint Janstraat 4
The best Asian street food restaurant in town! All their dishes are the size of an intermediate dish and are intended – according to Eastern family traditions – to share with the whole dining company. Service, interior and the quality of food: everything is right. Personally my favourite place to eat in Breda!
Best Coffee Spots in Breda
Sip First, Sint Janstraat 24
Most likely the best coffee hotspot in Breda! This super trendy coffee spot is perfect for sitting down and relax, so some work, and in the meantime enjoy a cup of good coffee or tea with some sweets or food. They serve coffee and tea from all over the world, perfectly brewed and served, a must visit!
Koffie bij Teun, De Barones 17
Whether you order espresso or cappuccino, it is certainly a taste sensation. Owner Teun and his employees all have a real passion for coffee, and it will surprise you what these people get out of beans!
Koffiebar Sowieso, Nieuwstraat 46
A nice, relaxed coffee bar just outside of the city’s bustle, where only delicious home-roasted coffee is served. Tip: this place is a must for vegetarians and vegans because they have many vegan cake & lunch options, yummie!
Drinks & Cocktails
A great place for a drink in the sun along the harbour of Breda. Cupboards filled with board games, an extensive specialty beer menu, and nice music, make Dok 19 a place where you never get bored.
Café de Bommel has been a household name in Breda for more than fourty years. You can go there for a casual drink or go out during the weekend. The nice thing about this cafe is that people from all age-classes hang out here.
Beers and Barrels
An industrial looking restaurant located in the old beer brewery of Breda. Their huge range of beers (internationally and locally) make it difficult to choose! A must-go if you are a beer-lover and want to do a little beer tasting.
From gin & tonics to fresh smoothies or a delicious specialty beer: you name it and they’ve got it. Their large outside terrace catches the sun all day and has a nice view of the big church.
Come here for its inviting terrace along the water! Plus, prices at De Botanist are quite affordable – not to mention their tasty cocktails.
Where to Shop?
Fabienne Chapot, Ridderstraat 7
One of our favourite fashion brands just opened their doors in Breda. Fabienne Chapot is known for their beautiful and colourful prints and embroideries. You will stand out from most people when wearing their amazing pieces. Qualitative, unique, and durable and therefore forever with you! The store looks incredible, like you are used from Fabienne Chapot. The store has an adorable small insta spot in the back of the store, near the fitting rooms, where you can take a pose in your brand new outfit. The Fab store girls look all incredible, they are super friendly and they help you to find the perfect outfit for every occasion. Btw, check out the festive collection, with remarkable pieces to make your evenings memorable!
Ginnekenweg & Wilhelminastraat
These two streets are connected to each other and are full of historic buildings and contain an extensive range of different independent boutiques and restaurants. From clothing stores to book stores and from interior stores to places where you can find the most beautiful bouquet, it’s all here. The concept boutique PALMA is definitely worth a visit, here you can find cool lifestyle products, trendy and extraordinary clothing and beautiful jewellery. Exclusive fashion / beauty chains such as Skins cosmetics, IKKS and Pauw are also located in this street.
This is a broad restaurant and shopping street in the centre of Breda. The stores consist mainly of specialised boutiques in clothing and lifestyle areas. Halfway the street is a little square (Veemarktplein) where an organic market is held every Tuesday morning.
Ginnekenstraat & Eindstraat
These two combined are the main shopping streets in the centre of Breda. The big retail chains such as Zara, Scotch & Soda, Mango, Bershka and Levi’s are settled here.
What to see/do?
When walking from the train station to the city centre you pass through Valkenberg Park. This park was until 1812 the garden of the Breda castle which still stands next to the park. Valkenberg has also been voted in 2019 as the most beautiful park in the Netherlands. It is a wonderful place to relax among the green trees.
This artist initiative club offers Dutch and Belgian mid-career artists the opportunity to create and show their work in solo presentations. Club Solo is also a platform for discussions, lectures and music. A ticket is only a few euro’s. It is an inspiring place to walk around! Check out what exhibition is on now here.
STEK & PIER 15 Skatepark
STEK is a breeding ground for creative and artistic entrepreneurs who are committed to sustainability. There are studios, office units, workshops, flexible workplaces, shops and various types of little restaurants and bars. Next to STEK lies the PIER 15 Skatepark. On Saturday (during summer) an event called “Haveneiland” is organised there and you can expect great soul, jazz, disco and funk tunes. Get ready to dance!
Just on the outskirts of Breda is a beautiful piece of nature: Markdal. This area is rich in nature and cultural history and is popular by walkers, hikers and cyclists.
Whether you want to shop, go out for lunch / dinner or do something cultural; Breda has it. They don’t call Breda “the pearl of the south” for nothing! Planning your next trip yet? 🙂
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