Student city Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden is real student city in the northern part of the Netherlands. One of the sights in Leeuwarden is the Oldehove, Friesland’s rival to the leaning tower of Pisa. But there’s so much more! There´s a reason for this city being Cultural Capital 2018. The city is full opportunities for an evening out. How about the Irish pub Paddy O’Ryan, the cute shopping street Kleine Kerkstraat or the terraces at the Nieuwestad. Don’t forget about sports either. We’ve selected a few restaurants, shops and hotspots.

Brasserie Spiegelaar

Brasserie Spiegelaar can be found on the corner of the St. Jacobstraat/Nieuwestad, by the canals in the cozy center of Leeuwarden. This is the place for fresh coffee and cake, extensive lunch, high tea, drinks or dinner and conviviality (more information).

De Burgemeester van Napels

Come to De Burgemeester van Napels and enjoy real Italian dishes. The only pizzeria in Leeuwarden where you can taste artisanal Napoletana pizzas (more information).

De Lachende Koe

De Lachende Koe is located in the bustling city centre of Leeuwarden. De Lachende Koe is a cosy, easily accessible eatery where an evening is about good food in a cozy setting (more information).

De Yserman

The student restaurant in one of the oldest streets of Leeuwarden. The Yserman guarantees hospitality, good cuisine, pleasant service, wide choice in food and drinks, flexibility, cosiness and always a good price/quality ratio. Students get a 20% discount on the entire bill (more information).

Double B

For a good quality juicy burger, stacked a 100% according to your choice, you come to Double B in Leeuwarden. At de Weerd 18 we have transformed the originally prestigious mansion into a contemporary ‘American Style’ hamburger restaurant (more information).

Eetcafé Het Leven

Eetcafé Het Leven has been a household name in Leeuwarden for 30 years. In Het Leven it’s about good food in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Come in and enjoy life (Het Leven) (more information).

Fellini City Lounge

Fellini City Lounge is about the Italian family feeling. At any time of the day you can taste, feel, hear and see La Dolce Vita (more information).

Grand Café Fire

Grand Café Fire is located where the old fire station used to be. At this unique location you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. The terrace is located by the city canals (more information).


Traditional and tasty Indian dishes have been served here since 1994 (more information).

Leeuwarden Lounge

Let yourself be enchanted by mystical Oriental atmospheres and settle down at Tapas Restaurant Leeuwarden. Enjoy heavenly tapas, fresh tea or finish of your evening with a good glass of wine (more information).


Loetje Leeuwarden is located at the Stationsweg, directly across the street from the train station. Loetje is characterized by a delicious steak (more information).


Proefverlof is a special location for lunch, drinks or dinner. Proefverlof is located in the old prison of Leeuwarden: de Blokhuispoort (more information).


Restaurant Roast is characterized by a stylish industrial decor. Because of the large building, eating with a larger group is no problem. You can go for lunch, dinner or a drink (more information).


Stek is located in the old bridge house near the Oldehove and the Prinsentuin. Here you can have breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner with a view of the Oldehove and the Prinsentuin (more information).

’t Pannekoekschip

For the classis Dutch Pancakes and more, visit this ship (close to the ABN Ambro) (more information).

Central Station Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden Central, the site refers to NS (Dutch Railing Company), click here for more information about departures, bicycle storage and how to travel responsibly with corona measures (more information).

Leeuwarden Student City

Leeuwarden Student City (Leeuwarden Studiestad) is a foundation made for students, organizing events, sports and more to make your student life unforgettable. We are not only here for entertainment, but you can contact us for all matters concerning; renting a room, sports, several parties and workshops. And we supply you with all kinds of information about the studentlife in Leeuwarden (more information).

Libary Leeuwarden (dbieb)

This library is located in the former prison, the Blokhuispoort. In 2019 this public library was declared the best library in the Netherlands. A beautiful location near the center to go and have a look, drink coffee and borrow a book (more information).

Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden

The MCL is the hospital of Leeuwarden (more information).

Town hall of Leeuwarden

For all matters concerning government issues (more information).


After an amazing summer, it’s time to take a deep dive into student life! Studying is more than just collecting your diploma in the end. This period is life-changing, you will become independent and determine your own direction in life. The StudentSuccessCentre encourages you to get the best out of yourself, and be as successful as possible. Take a free course and learn to balance your study load, yourself or your budget. For all general questions you can turn to Student Info. In case of personal circumstances our student counselors are available and we have study choise advisors if you have any doubts. Find us: StudentSucces at

De Prinsentuin

The Prinsentuin is an ideal place to enjoy the beautiful weather. The city’s most famous park is beautifully situated on the waterfront. The Prinsentuin is perfect for a picnic in the sun.


Leeuwarden has several canals right through Leeuwarden. This company offers boats and more for a nice afternoon on the water (more information).

Hestia Student Lounge

Hestia Sudent lounge is located just a hop away from the main entrance of Stenden university and consists of two houses. Since the lounge was opened in 2002 students can visit the facilities daily from 11:00 AM till 6:00 PM to study, relax, socialise or meet with their module assignment groups or classes. the idea is to provide a home away from home for Dutch and international students with an intercultural atmosphere (more information).


Magical place in Leeuwarden. A theater, a bar and club. You can find it all in the Neushoorn (Rhino) (more information).

Poolcafé Big Ben

Big Ben is a dance and poolcafé. They host several tournaments during the year (more information).

SC Cambuur

The local football club (Eredivisie!) (more information).

Street art tour

As soon as you enter Leeuwarden, you will come into contact with all kinds of artworks on the street. Leeuwarden is full of murals and other modern art. Would you like to see all these works of art and get to know the city better at the same time? Every last Sunday of the month you can join a street art tour (more information).

Sup tour

Leeuwarden was once situated by the sea. Nowadays Leeuwarden is European Capital of Water Technology. Rent a sup (stand up paddling) board and get a unique view of Leeuwarden from all the canals the city has to offer (more information).

Pathe Leeuwarden

A brand new cinema for the latest movies (more information).

Bar Bascule

One of the most popular bars in Leeuwarden. Made for students, every night discount if you show your studentcard (more information).

Café de Kantelaar

Bite, drink and experience. That’s were Café de Kantelaar is about. An oldschool pub in combination with dance music (more information).

Club Hemingway

Club Hemingway opened her doors in 2011. A different style of music and athmosphere, popular amongst German students (more information).

Club Red

Red, the club of Leeuwarden. Red invites exciting DJ’s and artists every year. Service and quality is the number one priority of this club and they host a studentnight every Thursday (more information).

Feestcafé Scooters

Musicbar Scooters, for all your classic pop & rock music! (more information).

Paddy O´Ryan

Paddy O’Ryan. The Irish Pub where we bring the comfort of Ireland to Leeuwarden. Come and let our International staff look after you with homecooked food using the best of local produce  (more information).

Wijnlokaal Bij de Mannen

The first real wine bar of Leeuwarden and finalist of 1 of the best 15 wine bars in the Netherlands (according to the winebar of the year 2019 contest). “Bij de Mannen” is all about relaxation, conviviality, hospitality and craftsmanshipp (more information).

De Centrale

In the past 20 years, shopping mall. De Centrale has been growing to one of the most important malls in Friesland (more information).

Kleine Kerkstraat

The best shopping street of 2010 and 2012. You can find multiple shops here (more information).


The Nieuwestad is the largest shopping street in Leeuwarden. In the centre of Leeuwarden you will find large shops such as H&M, Hema and Zara.

Recycle Boulevard

The thrift shop of Leeuwarden (more information).


The Wilhelminasquare is one of the squares in Leeuwarden where a lot of events will take place every year. It is surrounded by restaurants and bars.