Is it possible to get bored of Utrecht?

Clue: No.

On Sunday we went to Utrecht (again – which must be about my 123rd trip!) Ok, kidding, but I have been around 10 times… and for me, it never gets old. The reason? It’s just so darn pretty… even in dreary January!

Cyclists... loads of them!

See what I mean?

De Dom

De Dom

But honestly… the real reason we went to Utrecht? KFC!! I’m laughing as I write this, as it seems so ridiculous, even to me! But hey, I’m an expat and sometimes you miss things… and on Sunday, it was the Colonel and his not-so-secret recipe.

It’s an American chain, but in the UK, we have KFCs everywhere! Over 800, in fact. In the Netherlands? 44.

And the closest one to Hilversum? Poor me 😉 we HAD to to to Utrecht… 😉

I agree wholeheartedly with their slogan: 'So good'!

I agree wholeheartedly with their slogan: ‘So good’!

After the amazing chicken… (hot wings, in case you’re not a connoisseur like me) my happy KFC bubble was rudely disturbed when I went to the loo.

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Yup, you have to pay 50 cents to use the facilities! (That’s about 40p for English folks.) Normally, at motorway services or on King’s Day… this doesn’t bother me… because it means you’ll get a clean toilet. I get it. But not having any coins means going back to the counter to change a €5 note, after I’d just spent €15 in their establishment. That is annoying. And what if you didn’t have any cash on you? Arrrgggghhhh.

Anyway, rant over. Next stop was the Wolff (City) Cinema to see The Imitation Game.

Cute statue on the way to the cinema

Cute statue on the way to the cinema

What a cracker!! Seriously one of the best films I’ve seen in the last few years. I’ve heard of Benedict Cumberbatch – with a name like that – who hasn’t!? But I’d never seen him act before… and man, can he act! Quick synopsis: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, attempts to crack the Enigma code during World War II. If you haven’t seen it yet, go now! It hasn’t got a bazillion award nominations for nothing! Outstanding film.

Nothing to do with the film, but this cool building was close to the cinema.

Apparently a Bed Specialist... I just liked the building.

Apparently a bed specialist… I just liked the architecture.

And what to do post-cinema when it’s raining? Stop in the first pub you see, have a drink and discuss the film – of course!

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We stumbled upon Cafe de Bastaard and what a great place it is! Apparently it also has a small theatre. Very trendy, not too busy and loads of beers on offer, including my favourite: Kriek! (I’m a girl, so I’m allowed to like flavoured beer!)

The bar itself, as you may be able to see from the picture, is made of several long pieces of driftwood! Very cool, but I’m sure the uneven surface has caused a spillage or two, especially after a few drinks! A definite hidden gem!

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Where are your favourite spots in Utrecht? Any recommendations for me?

Hayley x

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23 comments

  1. I like Utrecht too! Klein maar fijn. Try Humphrey’s on the gracht for date night. You’ll like the atmosphere. And it’s hard to find good Tex-Mex in NL, but Popocatepetl comes pretty close.

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    1. Ieeeeks?? 99% of any animal has it’s use in some way. Brains sound ‘yuck’ and ‘zwezerik’ is a delicatesse, Pork cheeks? “Forgotten meat” but so soft and tender for a stew. Nowadays we are spoiled but our ancestors appreciated (almost) every part of an animal. And it is ok to NOT know, what is in a nugget or frikandel. ‘Testicles’? Disgusting to us but in other cultures they are a token of menhood, to eat them. Not to mention the powder of rhino/elephants tusks. Not on a soapbox here, as I will not eat insects or brains or tusks in any way, lol.

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  2. I suppose the 50ct is to stop random people from coming to just use the facilities and leave, but it would be nice if they gave you some sort of token with your order so you can go to the loo at least one without paying.

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  3. I had BRILLIANT bitterballen in Utrecht. It’s a lovely town!!
    My bf is a Dutchie (i also love stuffed eggs)
    But he moved to France to be with me
    Gotta love dutchies

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  4. I live in Utrecht for 2 years (as a student) and I fell in love with this city.
    I love the ‘Nachtleven’ building as well, so it’s nice to see that other people appreciate it as well 😉

    My favorite places are the little quiet streets between Lepelenburg Park and the Oudegracht. All the gorgeous houses are so much fun to look at and to imagine how they’ll look from the inside. Or the Kromme Nieuwegracht, by moonlight haha, where in the night, the light from the houses at De Werf shines mysteriously on the water.

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  5. I echo those recomending Kafe Belgie. It’s small and cramped… but the choice of beers is amazing… also it has a nice punk vibe going…. I really like Cafe Derat (as it’s spelled on the sign outside. It’s pronounced like ‘de rat’… It’s tiny, but you can’t beat it for genuine local atmosphere. Plus they have amazing amounts of obscure dutch beers from micro-breweries that have been popping up in the last decade… Most of them delicious… No food, except for ‘Oude Kaas’and ‘Vockingworst’. but a great place to enjoy a beer and catch up with someone

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