Apeldoorn is centrally located in the Veluwe region, in the heart of the countryside. Apeldoorn offers a surprising and unique mix of culture, nature and urban dynamism. The best way to explore the city is on foot, strolling past interesting boutiques and stopping off for some great food and drink along the way. If you have no idea where to start, use this as a guideline so you don’t miss some of the main hotspots!
09:00 h: Coffee to kick-start your day in Apeldoorn
The irresistible smell of fresh coffee hits you as soon as you step inside Schenkers. What better way to start your day?! Take a seat and enjoy one of the delicious specialty coffees, and if you really want to treat yourself you can order a home-made cake or pastry to go with it.
Schenkers, van Kinsbergenstraat 8
10:00 h: Time to shop!
Did you know that Apeldoorn’s Hoofdstraat (‘Main Street’) plus all the side streets and backstreets amount to more than 2 kilometres’ worth of shopping? Whereas Hoofdstraat is dominated by the major chain stores, the side streets are where you will find smaller speciality stores and boutiques selling clothes, flowers, outdoor goods, food & drink, jewellery, interior design and more! Fashion Café is the place to be for the latest women’s styles, and if you’re looking for hip and trendy home accessories head to LAB02 or Loft. As for men, don’t miss Mansion24 on Leienklein! It has everything a man could wish for: music, a barber, a café and fashionable menswear.
13:30 h: City walk
Explore the centre of Apeldoorn on foot to discover surprising architecture, pavement cafés, statues, water and museums. Keep a look out for some impressive examples of Art Nouveau buildings which are characterised by the expansive use of glass, asymmetry and decorative details, especially flowers and birds.
14:30 h: Time for some culture
Apeldoorn can be rightfully described as a city bursting with art and culture. With its high-quality offering of museums and outstanding exhibitions, you’ll be spoilt for choice! If you’re a fan of modern and contemporary art, the CODA museum is well worth a visit. It often holds exhibitions revolving around jewellery and paper art.
CODA, Vosselmanstraat 299
16:30 h: Drinks and snacks
There are countless options in culinary Apeldoorn! Head to Rembrandt on Marktstraat for seriously good toasted sandwiches, various flavoured teas, appetisers and a fine glass of wine. They serve 15 different types of wine by the glass and around 30 by the bottle, so there’s plenty of choice!
Rembrandt, Marktstraat 3
18:30 h: Delectable dining
For a delicious dinner, Restaurant Poppe is just a five-minute walk from Rembrandt. In this charming old building, the chef conjures up a range of dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world in addition to the more traditional Dutch favourites. Take your pick from the menu or opt for the ‘surprise menu’ and let the chef decide. Another recommendation is Eetcafé Fijn which is situated in the basement of the old town hall. Enjoy modern-day service and hospitality in an atmospheric and relaxed ambiance.
Poppe, Paslaan 7. Eetcafé Fijn, Raadhuisplein 8