Museumkwartier, Ledig Erf & Rotsoord
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ABOUT THE TOUR
The tour leads along three streets that are parallel to each other: the lively Oudegracht, the calm Lange Nieuwstraat, and the historic Nieuwegracht. The route winds its way through this area, but all three of these streets separately are definitely worth a visit as well. You end up at Rotsoord, which isn’t the best-looking area for a walk, but does accommodate great addresses. You could rent a public transport bicycle at Vaartsche Rijn station to quickly return to the city later.
The Oudegracht is iconic for Utrecht. The part of the canal in the city center thus is the busiest part of the city, with the many chain stores and the full terraces by the wharf. Less well-known is the southern part of the Oudegracht, which is part of the Museum Quarter. Here you find great coffee bars, original stores, and seven museums: the AAMU Museum for Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the Utrecht Archief, University Museum Utrecht, Central Museum, Sonnenborgh, Museum Catharijneconvent and Nijntje Museum.
In this area you also find two of the best shopping streets of Utrecht: the Zadelstraat and the Twijnstraat. Clothing boutiques and stores with beautiful things can mostly be found in the Zadelstraat. For a deli or cozy lunchroom, the Twijnstraat is the place to go. Both streets have recently been thoroughly renovated.
At the end of the Oudegracht and the Twijnstraat lies the Ledig Erf, a cozy square with cafes and a cinema. When you cross the Singel, you end up at the Ooster- en Westerkade. Since a couple of years this area has been hot and happening. Young entrepreneurs are settling by the water, because this location, on the outskirts of the center, attracts an interesting type of audience. There are different hospitality establishments. Furthermore, this is a lovely place to relax at the piers along the Vaartsche Rijn.
Rotsoord is the city’s latest hotspot and in full development. This place is starting to transform from a rough business park into a tough location for creative businesses. In Rotsoord you can have dinner at the top floor of a water tower, or drink Asian cocktails in a large factory hall. This area forms a surprising alternative to the busy city center.
NOT MUCH TIME? THESE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
+ Mariaplaats + Central Museum + Twijnstraat + Vaartsche Rijn + WT Urban Café & Kitchen
TIPS & TRICKS
+ Possible to walk in reverse, then start at Vaartsche Rijn station
+ Also a great tour for culture fans, because of the many museums
+ This part of the city is bursting with fun cafes and nightlife venues