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Discover Benelux | ’s-Hertogenbosch

| The Perfect Autumn & Winter Destination

Savoury and sweet meet over good coffee TEXT: STIAN SANGVIG  |  PHOTOS: BITTERZOET

Bitterzoet (the Dutch word for ‘bittersweet’) is a cosy spot for breakfast and lunch, beautifully situated in a picturesque square at the heart of Den Bosch in the south of the Netherlands. “Driven by our passion for quality food, we aim to serve our customers the finest cup of coffee and the most delicious food,” explains general manager Bram van der Pas.

es can be accompanied or followed by a cup of top-quality coffee. Their strategy appears to pay off. “We attract all sorts of clients ranging from young to old,” Van der Pas continues. Approaching its tenth year in operation, Bitterzoet has grown into a place for people to see and be seen in Den Bosch. Currently, however, there are no plans to open new lunchrooms or offer franchising options. “Whilst we may experiment in food varieties we are

not interested in a business strategy which may compromise our quality,” Van der Pas concludes. As Bitterzoet’s popularity continues to grow, their customers clearly appreciate such dedication to quality.

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Bitterzoet opened its doors in 2007 as a lunchroom but now also serves breakfast and Englishinspired afternoon tea. It is a place where locals meet, read the newspaper or pick up their favourite coffee to go. The menu offers a broad range of choices based on traditional Dutch dishes and international favourites from Britain, Italy and the Middle East. These dishes include various varieties of eggs and cereals for breakfast and light dishes, platters and yoghurts for lunch. Thus, the range of savoury and sweet options is also reflected in the name. All dish-

Family hospitality on historical grounds TEXT: STIAN SANGVIG  |  PHOTOS: HOTEL CENTRAL

“Our mission is for visitors to feel as if they are in their second home with us, the Rademaker family, and not strangers,” owner and director Karin Rademaker of the Golden Tulip Hotel Central in ‘s-Hertogenbosch explains. Situated in the ancient heart of the city, the hotel has provided a warm welcome to visitors from near and far since 1905. Practically the “living room” of the city, Hotel Central accommodates both holidaymakers and business travellers. In addition to 125 tastefully decorated rooms and 12 well-equipped meeting and event rooms, a luxury penthouse flat with a spacious terrace overlooking the city’s medieval cathedral recently opened – ideal for anyone seeking somewhere for that special occasion. Speaking of medieval, guests can enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s unique cellar, which in the 14th-century provided the premises of the local police. Meals can also be enjoyed in the hotel’s

Brasserie Central and at the more luxurious Restaurant De Leeuwenborgh. Both offer appetising dishes made with seasonal ingredients. A location in the city centre also means being close to safe parking in an enclosed parking cellar, public transport and tourist attractions. Everyone at the hotel is keen for guests to enjoy the city. “We feel privileged to have employees who are passionate and knowledgeable about our city and supporting our guests,” Mrs. Rademaker says. Guests can leave to explore the city knowing they have all the information they will need. The future is looking bright, as more visitors are discovering the Hotel Central and Den Bosch. Whilst retaining the hotel’s family feel and historical flair, the Rademakers also ensure it has the latest in technology to accommodate the modern traveller. “We aim to provide today’s standards whilst maintaining yesterday’s values,” Mrs. Rademaker concludes. Experience this contemporary charm yourself.

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Discover Benelux, Issue 35, November 2016  
Discover Benelux, Issue 35, November 2016  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.