6 Best Places In Leiden: Most Beautiful City In The Netherlands
Nothing beats shopping on a gorgeous day in the city center of Leiden which is also known as the student town of the Netherlands where we visited historic buildings and ate mouthwatering local dishes.
My sister and I decided to go shopping in Leiden. Its a gorgeous city located in the southern province of Holland.
1. Burcht van Leiden
Ancient fortress of Leiden with astonishing views
Nieuwe Rijn 14, 2312 JC Leiden, Netherlands
2. Tuinzaal de Burcht
Great cafe for traditional Dutch brunch
Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden, Netherlands
Famous Japanese cultural museum
Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE Leiden, Netherlands
4. Shabu Shabu Sushi
Best sushi restaurant in Leiden
Steenstraat 47, 2312 BV Leiden, Netherlands
5. Pieterskerk Leiden
Gorgeous church in the city center
Pieterskerkhof 1, 2311 SP Leiden, Netherlands
6. De Valk
Historical windmill of Leiden
Molenwerf 10, 2312 CK Leiden, Netherlands
It has been over 2 and a half years since my sister and I went shopping so this adventure was long due.
We visited the Haarlemerstraat fashion street, castle Leiden which has a grogeous view of the entire city, windmill 'de valk', the westgate, the Pieterschurch, breestreet for more shopping and Club Next which was the first club where Armin van Buuren spint his first tracks.
We had an incredible lunch at the Koetshuis at the foot of castle Leiden. It suprised us that so many celebrities had visited this restaurant after viewing the 'walk of fame' list on their wall.
For dinner we had Shabu-Shabu all-you-can-eat sushi which was again incredible. Dutch fish is hard to beat.
I was surprised to encounter 2 Japanese museums in this city. The SieboldHuis (Siebold House) is a museum which displays items that were collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829 during his stay at Dejima, the Dutch trade colony nearby Nagasaki in Japan. It also functions as a museum of Japanese culture.
Siebold was highly interested in all aspects of Japanese nature and culture, and as such his collection is very diverse. The SieboldHuis has a permanent exhibition of maps, rocks, animals, plants, utensils and art. Temporary exhibitions offer a varied selection of Japanese art.
We also witnessed an extensive Japanese collection at the Volkenkunde Museum a few block away from the Siebold House.
It was another succesful adventure and I already look forward on exploring the next city with my sister.