One of the things I love about Groningen is that you can always discover new spots, even if you have been living in Groningen for a while! What are your favourite places, and what do you love about them? Here are five of my personal favourites.
By Melanie Lange
1 – Along the canal Hooge der A
This is my go-to place on a sunny day. I love to let my feet dangle across the edge with a nice cup of tea in my hands and a slice of cake right beside me. From where I usually sit, you can see the Visserbrug and Abrug as well as some docked boats. People will pass by cycling, walking, canoeing, and sailing. I love the chill, colourful, and maritime atmosphere along the canal.
2 – Lui Huiskamercafé
I only discovered this unique little café the other day. It is a great place to relax and let your mind wander. They offer various cakes, small dishes, and drinks. As the name already implies, it is the most relaxed and cosiest place I have been to in Groningen. Not to mention that it is a paradise for plant lovers like me. There are plants everywhere!
3 – Stadspark or Noorderplantsoen
Let’s get one thing straight: nothing beats a picnic with friends in the Noorderplantsoen on a sunny day. It is just one of those things that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. The park is a great place to meet up with friends, go for walks, and enjoy life. If you prefer it more quiet then you should pay the Stadspark a visit. I love to explore the hidden and solitary places this park has to offer. With its little alleys and deserted paths, it is a really peaceful spot.
4 – The weekly farmers market
This is a great place to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, cheese, and whatever else your heart longs for. Plus, if you’re an international like me, you get to practise your Dutch. Since I love healthy cooking, this is my favourite place to do my shopping. The good news is, the market is happening every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday all year round.
5 – Rooftop terrace UB
The view from the university library’s rooftop is just amazing. Obviously, it is not as high up as the viewing platform of the Martini tower, but this also means that it is less windy up there. So why not treat yourself to a great view and some tea or coffee while taking a well-deserved study break?