Three delicious hotspots in Groningen

Delicious hotspots in Groningen

After some lekker food in Groningen? Check out these delicious hotspots in Groningen:


Located near the Westerhaven shopping area, Pernikkel is the perfect spot for a post-shopping feast. With an exciting menu that changes every week and generous portions, you’ll never get bored of this place. They aim to use sustainable ingredients as much as possible whilst still making their food delicious and healthy. Vegans and vegetarians are well catered for with plenty of tempting options available, including a meat free version of the famous Pernikkelplank.

You can see the food being made fresh in front of you!

The atmosphere is really gezellig, with old movie posters adorning the walls and comfy sofas – there’s a really chilled vibe. The philosophy behind the restaurant is the idea that food brings us together and that is really obvious in the decor and seating arrangements. There’s plenty of spots to hang out with a larger group or cosy, dimly lit spots for a more intimate experience. The staff are super friendly and happy to recommend their favourite dishes of the week.

Perfect place to chill after shopping til you drop in Westerhaven

This Dutch reviewer had a sweet potato veggie burger which was served with fries and a salad. It was a delicious combination and left me so full I could only share a raspberry cheesecake for pudding. My fellow diner had the chicken burger which I’m told was also very tasty so I can say with confidence that Pernikkel will satisfy both meat lovers and veggies alike. Something which is not always so easy in the Netherlands.


For a relaxed vibe and a nice, varied menu, give Pernikkel a try.


Aweg 2
9718 CS Groningen

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The name of this delicious restaurant tells you 2 things: first, where it is! Exactly, if you pronounce it à la dutch it is Beren, a quiet but central area close to the east end of Noorderplantsoen. Secondly, they have a soft spot for beer lovers. With dozens of varieties and a recommended beer for every dish, you are most certain to walk out happy and tipsy. And what about the amazing food? Local, well studied, with a fine taste that is going to impress you and your date!

Take a walk through the park to get yourself hungry cause you’re in for a treat: without further ado, take a look at what you can dream of eating at Beer&!

An entrée of mushroom selection with a fresh IPA, that awesome wild duck accompanied by a rich dubbel and a chocolate-oozing, fruity dessert together with a sweet cherry beer. Source: Aurora Signorazzi

I know, I was drooling too. Such classy and tasty food. And unlike many fancy restaurants, you can walk out with a full belly without getting your wallet empty!

The atmosphere is undoubtedly gezellig and cosy, with interesting details that tell you more about the story of how Bjorn, Sjoerd, Jorn and Emiel joined forces to create this sweet spot.

Relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a date as well as a friends’ reunion! Source: Aurora Signorazzi

I also want to mention that this restaurant has many tasty choices for vegetarians and vegans. Their menu changes to offer you seasonal specialities; check their website to get ready for an excellent experience! And don’t forget to ask the staff for recommendations about the booze 😉


Rodeweg 1
9715 AW Groningen

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As the name says, Wadapartja has a true Grunneger soul. This concept store and restaurant in Zuiderdiep sells all kinds of things that make you say: wadapartja!, which can be translated as “how special!”. From Indian cabinets made of recycled wood, to local and homemade food, you’ll find yourself in a happy vibe (and you can even buy the table you’re having dinner on!). Lekker!

This time we opted for a vegetarian dinner, and we ended up very full and satisfied (and with the good feeling of having eaten healthy!)

As starters: homemade nachos with cheese dip (addictive) and vegetarian sushi rolls. Then we added a perfect chickpeas curry and a spicy beanburger which didn’t make us miss the meat at all. Source: Aurora Signorazzi

As I said, Margreet and Gezinus strive for local grown food so they started the Wadapartja vegetable gardens: combine this with local bought produce, and you have the perfect recipe for fresh, seasonal veggies (and contribute to reduce food waste!).

The beer selection is quite generous, and you can also enjoy Groningen-based drafts: we paired our meal with a Martinus Nuchter beer (a “Groninger Pale Ale”). As an IPA lover I couldn’t be happier.

You can have food and you can shop. What else? Source: Aurora Signorazzi

The ambiance is very relaxed; here you can chill with your fellow students and friends, as well as enjoy the Wadapartja sessions (for music lovers) or the Comedy nights!

I would also like to recommend their famous ontbijtplank, for breakfasts and borrels – very popular among international students… I will let the picture speak for itself!

delicious hotspots in groningen
Source: Wadapartja

Hungry already? Here’s a delicious hotspot in Groningen.


Gedempte Zuiderdiep 39-41
9711 HB Groningen

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How’d you like our review of these 3 delicious hotspots in Groningen? Let us know in the comments if there is anywhere else you’d like us to check out! Also, join our Facebook group for more Dutch stuff!

Aurora Signorazzi
Aurora comes from the majestic Italian capital, and is working on her PhD in virology at the University of Groningen. She has been living in the Netherlands for four years and is by now familiar with many Dutch habits... But still finds plenty of reasons to be pleasantly amazed (most of the time) by this industrious country and its brutally honest inhabitants!


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