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No matter how many times you’ve been to a city, there’s nothing like seeing it through a local’s eyes! This guide to Den Bosch written by Brabant local Francis brings you to some local-only insider spots in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, one of Brabant’s loveliest cities. We hope that it inspires you to revisit Den Bosch, even if you’ve been before!
As a small child, Francis (who runs a family blog about her life in Brabant) spent her time between two Dutch cities: Eindhoven and Den Bosch. In her teenage years, she spent more time in Eindhoven, but now as an adult, she fully appreciates the charms of Den Bosch.
A secret: She considers it to be her favorite city in the Netherlands. Anyways, if you’re planning to visit Den Bosch, this article will bring you to the loveliest places in Den Bosch that you must see with this local’s guide to Den Bosch!
De Korte Putstraat
A Den Bosch local will immediately think of Korte Putstaat, a small beautiful street full of Brabant charm. You always find great cafes for food and drinks along with the nicest terraces in the city. From brown bars (a traditional Dutch cafe) to fine dining, there’s something for everyone.
Den Bosch was voted the most hospitable city in the Netherlands multiple times as you’ll understand immediately once you’re on this charming street… This cozy street has only existed since 1990 yet it’s had over 50,000 visitors already.
Looking for fine dining? I recommend Het Lokaal 1650. This nice restaurant with food from all around the world sits at the end of the street. You can enjoy the informal atmosphere along with a shared dining concept.
If you’re looking for a drink after dinner at a cozy cafe, you must visit ‘t Pantoffeltje. This is the place to be on Korte Putstraat for a drink, a chat, and perhaps a dance.
Design Museum Den Bosch and Het Noordbrabants Museum
Behind the train station in the heart of the city center, there are two museums: the Design Museum of Den Bosch and the North Brabant Museum (Noordbrabants Museum) Interestingly enough, these museums share a property, so you can easily visit both museums in one visit.
You might wonder: What is the difference between these museums? The Design Museum of Den Bosch used to be called the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch. You can learn about the influence of design on our daily lives, the stories behind these iconic designs, and weigh the meaning of design for our past and future.
The Noordbrabants Museum is the best place to learn about the cultural heritage of Brabant, which is a nice contrast to the other museum. Both museums are quite different although worth visiting, so be sure to check the agenda for the latest exhibitions.
aan de Vaart
Craft beer has become a global phenomenon with new craft breweries popping up like mushrooms. Of course, Den Bosch has craft beer too. At Bossche Brouwers aan de Vaart, you can enjoy the beers in quite a few unique ways.
The bar has a game that you can play with known and unknown items. You can also enjoy a beer tasting along the water on a boat (on a nice day) while trying their own beer. Not surprisingly, you can take a tour of the brewery and enjoy live music along with theme nights at the bars.
There’s almost always a new beer of the week, so be sure to try this beer along with the other beers that you can only find in Den Bosch. (Of course, you can bring a bottle home with you!)
Not a beer lover? Don’t fret. There’s still plenty to enjoy along this gorgeous location along the water as they serve other drinks besides beer.
Looking for a chance to unwind after sightseeing? I recommend heading to Bolwerk Sint-Jan, the perfect place to get away from the crowds.
This former rampart at the end of Sint Jansstraat (which used to be the same height as the street) used to be part of the 14th-century gate of the city. This gate (Koepoort [Cow port]) led
Today, you can find an information center and a cozy brassier in the spot where the medieval city gate used to be. It’s a really special place to sit and soak up the history along this beautiful and tranquil place along the water.
Standswandeling (City tour)
If you love walking and history, you should consider taking a walking tour in Den Bosch. There are a few fantastic walking tours that include going through St. John’s Cathedral and the Palace Quarter.
If you’re a fan of Jhernominus Bosch, you can also take a tour highlighting the rich history of Den Bosch. I even learn things along these walking tours, which are run by passionate volunteers. (You can reserve these walking tours as well as boat tours online through the Den Bosch tourism board online or in person. )
A Bosse Bol
Of course, you must have a Bosse Bol, the iconic dessert of Den Bosch from Jan de Groot bakery. This dessert is made with whipped cream as well as chocolate.
Unsure of how to eat it? Don’t worry: There’s not a correct way. Some choose to spoon out the whipped cream before taking a fork and knife to it! Others go bold and decide to take a giant bite.