Discover Benelux, Issue 25, January 2016

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Discover Benelux | Bustling Utrecht | Top Eat, Drink & Sleep Spots

Eat, drink and dance at De Beurs TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: RUBEN MAY

For 20 years De Beurs has been one of Utrecht’s places to be, to enjoy specialty beers and good food in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. From travellers to students and locals, many come here to chat over a cup of coffee, enjoy quality food and dance the night away.

Starting out as the first multifunctional café-restaurant of its kind in Utrecht in the late ‘90s, De Beurs’ concept is still successful. Open from morning until after midnight, De Beurs offers breakfast, lunch, dinner (served on silver plates) and a wide range of drinks. The mouthwatering menu includes for instance a ‘Beurs sandwich’ with chicken and bacon, served with homemade mayonnaise and the ‘De Beurs burger’ is also something special. The owner, Theo Burger, says: “It’s made from superior beef from Australian Angus and is complimented with onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and De Beurs’ popular secret recipe sauce.” For those who love to add a luxurious touch, freshly prepared lobster can be

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served with any meal. The food is not only delicious, but also perfect fuel for a party, like every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night when De Beurs’ furniture is stored away and the once peaceful dining venue becomes a dancefloor. When you arrive at Utrecht’s most famous square, De Neude, De Beurs is hard to miss. The four, merged, bright-red, characteristic historical buildings in which De Beurs is located, tower gently over the square and seemingly guard over its neighbouring cafés. Dating from the 18th century, De Beurs, like most buildings in the centre, has many features reminiscent of the old days. Burger: “This building housed for instance a sail manufacturer, of which two tiles in the façade are proof.”