Maps Events Restaurants Cafés Nightlife Sightseeing Shopping Hotels

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Lone Wolf

Discover the unusual
world of renowned artist
Hieronymus Bosch



Boutiques, souvenir shops and shopping centres


Health & Lifestyle


Spas, doctors and other useful information



A few words from the editor

Arrival & Getting Around


Getting to grips with Den Bosch

Culture & Events 10
Concerts, festivals and events



The Dutch have much more than cheese to offer



Classic cafés and high tea



Bars, pubs, clubs and coffeeshops



Beds for backpackers and business executives

How to get to your hotel

’s-Hertogenbosch Basics



Museums, churches and other sights

List of small features
Lick it!
Lone wolf
Bossche koek: a well-kept secret
Winding waterway
Glorious age
A farewell to pints
Coffeeshops 25
One city, two names
Modern angel
Den Bosch for kids
Palace Bridge
Dutch courage

Maps & Index
Venue index
Old town street register
Old town map

Don’t miss the Bosch by Night
light show on the Market
Square after sunset

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In 2016 ’s-Hertogenbosch celebrates the fact that’s its exactly 500 years since the death of its most renowned native son, Jheronimus Bosch. That means there will be even
more tourists than usual. As we write these lines canal
boats of varying sizes on the Binnendieze are positively
heaving with tourists and the Market Square is covered
in sprawling terraces bursting with life. Indeed one of the
highlights of a trip to this ancient fortress city is simply
ordering a tasty brew at one of the town’s outdoor cafés
and watching people walk by or street performers put on
a show for the throngs of shoppers and day trippers. The
city also hosts a wide variety of cultural events throughout
the calendar year that should not be missed (see Culture &
Events). We hope you enjoy the latest updated guide to the
city, but if you find a wonderful place that we haven’t yet
reviewed then by all means drop us a line at denbosch@ Discover the birthplace of Jheronimus
Bosch for yourself with ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket!

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At a height of 25m you’ll be
amazed by the sight of huge
dragons, musicians, gargoyles
and mythical creatures atop
St. John’s church, which is now
open to the public for a limited
time. The history of the sculptures, their origin and other historical information is available at
the beginning of the tour. Make
sure you reserve a ticket for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Arriving & Getting Around
Arriving in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is fairly simple these days.
The bus and train stations are located right on the edge
of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s old town and the two main Dutch
airports, Eindhoven and Amsterdam Schiphol, are only an
hour (train) ride away. Buses within the city are also simple
to use and well-organised. In the city centre you may prefer
moving about on foot, as nearly everything is within walking distance.

By bike
You can reach almost any destination in ‘s-Hertogenbosch
by bike. This is why the local town council has built four
large bicycle parks where you can park your bike safely for
free. At Stationsplein (conveniently located at the central
station, and room for more then 4,000 bikes), Burgemeester
Loefplein 54 and Wolvenhoek 12 (open 07:00 - 19:00, Thu
07:00 - 22:00, Sun 11:30 - 18:00) you can also take advantage of lockers for stowing your valuables. A free location
for 1,100 bikes is located at Kerkstraat at the former post
office (open 07:00 - 24:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 07:00 - 04:00, Sun
09:00 - 24:00). Taking a bike on a train will cost you extra.

By bus
Because train travel is so fast and efficient in the Netherlands, there aren’t many international bus arrivals in ‘sHertogenbosch. Eurolines is actually the only international
bus company that uses Den Bosch as a hub. From here you
can depart to a few cities in France and Spain. If, however,
you take a train to Utrecht, the whole of Europe is at your
feet. Its buses drive to more than 200 cities spread over 35
European countries. Arriva provides most regional and city
bus services in and around ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you
leave the central train station in the direction of the city
you’ll see the bus station on your right side. If you want to
make use of bus services check out the Arriva website at

By car
‘s-Hertogenbosch can be easily reached by car. The inner
city is largely a pedestrian zone, but around the centre
there are plenty of multi-storey car parks. You only need to
follow the parking route directions and electric signs display how many parking spots are available. Pay when you
pick up your car. If you park on the street you’ll have to pay
in advance when you get a ticket at a ticket machine, which
you then place behind your windscreen. But always be sure
that you’re back in time as ‘s-Hertogenbosch is known for
its strict meter maids. The money you’ll save not paying a
fine will easily cover a few delicious beers: alcohol-free if
you’re driving, of course!

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tourist information
VVV Den Bosch
The ‘s-Hertogenbosch tourist information centre is
housed in the oldest stone building in the Netherlands, known as De Moriaan, and is well equipped with
maps, informative booklets and, of course, copies of
this guide.QC‑2, Markt 77, tel. 0900 11 22 334, www. Open 10:00 - 17:00, Mon 13:30 18:00, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. J­A

By plane
If you arrive at either Schiphol or Eindhoven airport, ‘sHertogenbosch is only an hour away by public transport. A
single trip from Schiphol by train costs about €15 and from
Eindhoven Airport the bus followed by the train will cost
you about €10. Both routes will take just over an hour of
travelling and you’ll arrive at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Central
Station. From Weeze airport in Germany you’ll have to take
a bus to Weeze and then take another bus to either Eindhoven or Utrecht to catch a train to Den Bosch. Walk outside past the watchful gaze of the golden dragon fountain
and within five minutes you’ll be in the city centre. Check for more information.
Eindhoven Airport
Despite its modern appearance and grand plans Eindhoven Airport is still small, so it’s impossible to get lost. Arrivals can take local bus 400 or 401 to the Eindhoven train
station (20 minutes) and then continue on to destinations
near and far.QLuchthavenweg 25, Eindhoven, tel. 0900
95 05, P­T­H­A­U­L­
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is the most important airport
in the Netherlands. A single train journey from Amsterdam to Den Bosch will take just over an hour and cost you
roughly €15.QEvert v/d Beekstraat 202, Amsterdam, tel.
(+31) 207 94 08 00,

Den Bosch’s Central Station by night

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Arriving & Getting Around
By train

Public transport

Train station
The Central Station has a front and a rear entrance. If you’re
going to the city centre take the one at the front of the
building overlooking the golden dragon fountain. From
here you can walk straight into the city centre via the double Stationsweg (Station Road). Just before you reach the
inner city you cross the Dommel river. Although smaller
than some of its larger sister stations, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
seems better equipped and easier to navigate. A toilet as
well as luggage lockers can be found at gate 1c.
For travellers on the go platforms 3 and 4 share a kiosk
that sells quick snacks and drinks. The same holds true for
platforms 6 and 7. If you have time to spare head up the
escalators to the main walkway to find four different places
to eat, a Burger King, a small pharmacy, a bookstore and a
grocery shop. At many Dutch train stations you can only
buy a train ticket outside opening hours with cash from
a ticket machine, so make sure to have plenty of coins.
For information on schedules and prices check or

The OV-chipkaart is a means of payment for the public
transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the
size of a bankcard and it contains an invisible chip. The OVchipkaart can be loaded with credit in euros with which
you can travel anywhere within the Netherlands, or with a
travel product such as a single or season ticket.
You can choose a personal, anonymous or disposable
card. The personal OV-chipkaart can be purchased online
or from your public transport company. The anonymous
OV-chipkaart can be bought at the ticket office and vending machines at the station. The disposable card can be
purchased at the station vending machine. This cards allows the holder to travel immediately, but it can not be recharged or loaded with a different travel product.
You can load travel credits or products onto your OVchipkaart. Travel products single as well as season tickets.
You can load these onto your card at the station vending
machine or at the local public transport company’s ticket
You purchase travel credit using a bankcard and PIN
code at a vending machine or at the ticket office. If you
have a personal OV-chipkaart, you can also select the
auto-reload option to ensure you always have enough
OV-chipkaart credit with which to travel. When you begin
your journey simply check in at the gate by holding your
OV-chipkaart up to the screen. The sound and light signal
indicates your card has been read. If you don’t have a specific product on your card a boarding rate will automatically
be deducted when you check in. The credit on your OVchipkaart should be at least the boarding rate or you won’t
be allowed to go through the gate.
At that end of your journey, you check out by holding your card up to the gate screen. The sound and light
signal once again indicates that your card has been read.
Checking in and out is required when you transfer from any
one form of transport to another, except when you transfer
from one train to another.

‘s-Hertogenbosch has six large multi-storey car parks and
three park & ride facilities. In total there is parking space
for about 4,400 cars. At most places in the inner city there
is paid parking in the streets. Till late at night! Check if it
isn’t reserved for licence-holders; these aren’t always clearly
marked. The streets can be busy on evenings where shops
are open late (Thursdays until 21:00), on Saturdays and on
certain Sundays when the shops are open. A good alternative can be to use one of the three park & ride facilities (see
chapter Transferium).
One of the better -and very spacious- parking garages is Paleiskwartier. It’s located behind the central station about a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Most car
parks can be found in the inner city, where you usually pay
One of the cheaper parking garages in town offers 120 spots
for only €1.20/hour. The rate for an entire day is €8.QC‑2,
Barbaraplaats 28,

Modern stairs connect old town with the Paleiskwartier

6 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

‘s-Hertogenbosch taxis are safe, clean and generally reliable. Ordering a taxi by phone will get you better service
and lower rates for longer distances. The great majority of
Dutch taxi drivers are honest and hard working people like
everybody else in this country. Just make sure that the meter is running before you set off. The following companies
are among the most reliable of the bunch.
AAA Voordeel Taxi
This has been a reliable cab company since 2003, but it
only accepts cash.QO‑15, De Bloemendaal 25, tel. (+31)
736 33 00 00,
Mobi Tax Centrale
This has been a reliable taxi company for over five decades.On Saturday nights and big events a (pink) Ladycab
is available, but for women only.QHavendwarsstraat 3,
tel. (+31) 736 14 54 44,

Football is an important sport in Den Bosch

’s-Hertogenbosch Basics

Read on and find out why the Dutch allow people to smoke
joints, but not to operate a bicycle while intoxicated. Plenty
of other funny facts about the Netherlands are available

‘s-Hertogenbosch is famous for its many cafés and restaurants so you’re never far from a glass of wine or a pint of
beer. Heineken and Bavaria are the two most popular beers
on offer at most places in the inner city. Other tasty brews
include Grolsch, Hertog Jan, Amstel and the Belgian Jupiler. Beer is served everywhere, especially Belgian brews,
but you must be able to prove that you’re at least 16 years
old (to drink beer or wine) or 18 for spirits. If you look too
young you’ll be carded, so always bring identification. This
holds true for supermarkets and off-licences, too. If you’re a
little too tipsy you’ll probably be asked (firmly, yet kindly)
to leave the premises and if you don’t cooperate you could
end up spending a night sobering up in a police drunk
tank, most likely followed by a decent hangover…

Being one of the smaller countries in the world with a
topography that is as flat as a pancake, the Netherlands
is the ideal place for cyclists. Add to that an unbelievable
amount of criss-crossed cycle paths, and you know why
the Dutch love cycling so much. Although cycling in the
bigger cities can be - thanks to lots of traffic- a lesson in
suicide, we recommend that you cycle as much as possible in Den Bosch. If you’re up before happy hour and
feel like doing something healthy, rent a bike and discover

The electrical current is 220V AC, 50Hz. European plugs are
a must.

Emergency numbers
In case of an emergency, call 112. This number will connect
you to the emergency centre that will put you through to
the local police, ambulance or fire department.


Natural wonders abound outside Den Bosch

8 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Dutch is an Indo-European Germanic language that is
mostly spoken in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname
(South America). It is closely connected to the Low German
dialects which by now have largely been flooded by official German. These dialects managed to keep a number of
proto-Germanic characteristics, and for this reason, Dutch
as a language is a living fossil. It represents a group of important dialects that were spoken by the founders of the
Frankish Empire and the Saxons. Most Dutch have a more
than fairly healthy command of the English language.
Many will also be adept at other European languages with
German being the most commonly spoken. Mastering the
Dutch language can be a terrifying ordeal, but learning a
few key phrases will make things easier and may even win
you friends and admirers.

’s-Hertogenbosch Basics
Local time


From 28 March to 31 October, the Netherlands is in the
Central European Summer Time Zone, or GMT+2. The rest
of the year the clock ticks according to the Central European Time Zone, or GMT+1.

For a country as small as the Netherlands, there are a ridiculously high number of asphalt roads and motorways. Every
town, village or hamlet can be reached from the black ribbon that never seems to be more than a few kilometres
away. The majority of Dutch drivers never break the speed
limit, and considering the severity of traffic fines, this seems
wise enough. Just a few rules: within city limits you must
drive 50km/h, outside city limits 80 and on motorways 100
or 130 (check the road signs!). In the Netherlands you must
drive on the right side of the road, and you are not allowed
to cycle on motorways! You don’t want to know how many
tourists are plucked off the road by police each year, happily pedalling to their next destination.

Phone numbers
All In Your Pocket guides in its European publishing empire
list country codes before all telephone numbers. The Dutch
country code is (+31), but of course, you only have to use
this if you’re dialling from abroad. If you’re already in the
Netherlands and want to call one of the numbers in this
guide, just ignore the (+31) prefix and dial the ten-digit

The Dutch postal system works more or less infallibly. Letters and parcels are sent without ado across the whole
world. At post offices and post agencies (store-in-store, for
example at supermarkets) you can buy stamps and drop off
parcels. Any Dutch street is incomplete without the orange
or red TNT post-boxes. You can drop off your postcards in
the slit labelled overige postcodes (other postcodes). For
up-to-date postage rates check

The Netherlands adopted the euro as its local currency in
2002. One euro contains 100 eurocents. There are coins of
1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 eurocents, and also of 1 and 2 euro.
Banknotes are available with the following values: 5, 10,
20, 50, 100, 200, and 500. Although a collection of €200
and €500 bills in your wallet might make you feel like Bill
Gates, or better yet Mark Zuckerberg, bear in mind that
they’re almost never accepted in shops or restaurants. You
can exchange and withdraw money at most large banks;
there are a few in the centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. All Dutch
banks accept Visa and MasterCard at their cash dispensers. At the train station (Stationsplein) you can find a GWK
Travelex shop (open 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, Sun
10:00 - 17:00). Many restaurants, hotels, and shops accept
Visa and MasterCard, but to avoid disappointment, be sure
to carry some cash with you.

Until recently, smoking was very common in the Netherlands. Since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places in 2008, smoking has become a lot less common.
Today you can have a wild night out and come home without your hair and your clothes reeking of cigarette smoke.
However, thanks to unclear rules you may suddenly find
yourself in a pub where people smoke with recless abandon. This is usually in pubs with just a single staff member:
the boss. You may also find yourself in a pub that flouts
the ban on smoking. This will not have any consequences
for you. If you light a cigarette in a pub and the manager
tolerates this, then the manager will receive a fine upon inspection. In addition to cigarette smoke, the Netherlands is
of course also known for its aroma of marijuana. For more
information see ‘Coffeeshops’ in the Nightlife chapter.

Tipping, if deserved, is up to the diner, with 10 percent or a
rounding up of the bill both being acceptable.

national holidays
January 1
April 14, 2017
April 16, 2017
April 17, 2017
April 27
May 1

May 4

May 5
May 10
May 25, 2017
June 4, 2017
June 21
December 5
December 25 - 26
December 31

New Year’s Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag)
Easter Sunday (Pasen)

Easter Monday (Pasen)
King’s Day (Koningsdag)
Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid)
Remembrance of the Dead
(Nationale Herdenking)
Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag)
Mother’s Day (Moederdag)
Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag)
Whitsunday (Pinksteren)
Father’s Day (Vaderdag)
St. Nicolas (Sinterklaas)
Christmas (Kerstmis)
New Year’s Eve (Oudejaarsdag)

You’ll get five-star treatment at Den Bosch’s restaurants

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Culture & Events

Remembering the past at Camp Vught. Photo: Paul Jespers

For concerts by huge mega-stars you might have to take a
train to Amsterdam, but for cool festivals and shows at cosy
local venues, Den Bosch has it covered. The city’s historical legacy as a prominent regional powerhouse has left it
well endowed when it comes to cultural sites and events.
Festival goers should check out Festival Boulevard, Jazz in
Duketown and the Bevrijdingsfestival.

Theater aan de Parade
Used to be the only venue in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where
you can watch 3D movies as they were intended by the
production companies. You’ll still have to pay a little extra
though. Movies are without breaks. The cinema is situated
in a theatre and has a few perks like a café with outside
seating.QD‑2, Parade 23, tel. (+31) 736 80 98 09, www. Open 13:00 - 20:30, Thu, Fri, Sat
13:00 - 21:30, Sun 13:00 - 14:30, 18:00 - 20:30. (€9, 3Dsurcharge €2). P­T­J­U­B
A stylish multifunctional theatre housed in an old biscuit
factory. Art-house films and smaller productions are usually on offer here.QB‑1, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736
81 81 60, (€6 - 10). P­T­U­

Den Bosch also has its fair share of street art

10 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Concert halls
This former cattle market is now a fair and concert venue.
Iron Maiden rocked the stage and Disney on Ice twirled
on the same floor where farmers once traded cows and
bulls.QF‑7, Diezekade 2, tel. (+31) 736 29 39 11, www. H­U­L
De Toonzaal
Come to this intimate hall voor classical and contemporairy chamber music, jazz and traditional music. Roughly 120
concerts are scheduled in this former Jewish synagogue
each year.QC‑3, Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, tel. (+31) 736
12 21 23, J­E­B­X
W2 Poppodium
A famous concert venue, its legendary stage has hosted
some truly big names in the past. The venue isn’t too big,
which creates a cosy atmosphere.QB‑1, Boschdijkstraat
100, tel. (+31) 736 12 34 22, J­L­E­G

Kunstruimte Voltaire
Between a cup of fresh Mint tea and a healthy lunch, you
can enjoy the works from local artists.QC‑2, Stoofstraat
6, tel. (+31) 736 13 96 72,
Galerie 68
This place offers quite the eclectic mix of art for sale. You
can find everything from extremely abstract pieces to
simple portraits.QC‑2, Postelstraat 68, tel. (+31) 736 14
06 35, Open 12:30 - 17:30, Thu 13:00
- 17:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. J
Galerie Mark Peet Visser
This has been a popular local art gallery for over three decades.QBastion Vught 35, tel. (+31) 736 12 57 74.
Nova Zembla
For nearly 10 years this picturesque building has been a
venue for both art students and professional artists to exhibit their work.QD‑2, St. Josephstraat 20, tel. (+31) 736
21 50 22, T­J

Culture & Events
Special events
Festival van het Levenslied
The Dutch just love to sing even if they have no talent or
musical training. This two-day festival gives a small inside look into their habit of making fools of themselves
publicly. Although there will be lots of famous Dutch
performers and plenty of local wannabees playing on
one of two stages, the main event that really attracts the
crowds is the Sing Loudly concert where a mass karaoke
of Dutch classic songs takes place.QC‑2, Markt, www.
For years now PaasPop has signaled the beginning of the
Dutch festival season. Every year people come to Schijndel
during Easter weekend to enjoy music, theatre and entertainment.QL‑11, De Heikampen, Schijndel,

More then 20 years already a leading force in the local
culturescene. Very picturesque location of the theatre.
QD‑2, Predikherenpoort 50, tel. (+31) 736 12 32 23, fax
(+31) 736 13 55 44, Open 09:00 - 17:30.
Closed Sat, Sun. Admission: adults €8, children and stu‑
dents €6. T­J­E­G
This small, cosy theatre fills a certain niche that Den
Bosch’s other theatres can’t and it’s beloved by both actors
and audiences alike. It’s located close to the train station
and free parking is available.QL‑10, Hoff van Hollantlaan
1, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 738 50 75 50, fax (+31) 738 50 75
51, T­J­A­U­L­E­G
Theater De Speeldoos
320 visitors can find a seat in this multifunctional complex.
Also a smaller stage for less known productions.QK‑11, Vli‑
ertstraat 6, Vught, tel. (+31) 736 56 55 88, fax (+31) 736
56 81 86, T­H­U­L­G

lick it
You shouldn’t leave without
sending an old-fashioned
postcard home. And what
could be better than to
adorn the card with a special postage stamp of the
most beautiful building in
the city? The stamp features a photo of the south side,
taken in the morning, from the Parade. The photo is
unique because the trees on the left side of the Parade
have grown so much over the years that it’s now impossible to take a similar picture with an open view
of the south side. The self-adhesive stamps can be
bought – while supplies of the 227,500 sheets last –
via or at all Bruna stationary shops.

lone wolf
Hollands’ most important
painter of the Middle Ages
was born Jeroen van Aecken, but few people know
him by this name. Hieronymus Bosch (1450 - 1516),
AKA Jeroen Bosch, is ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s most famous
son. In 2016 the city will
commemorate the 500th
anniversary of his death with
an unprecedented cultural
programme. Over the course of centuries his work has
travelled across the globe, from the renowned galleries
of American cities to the capital of Spain.
Many find it surprising that such an incredibly gifted
painter managed to develop his talents in what could
be described as a rather provincial artistic backwater.
This ‘lone wolf’ didn’t belong to any artistic groups, but
developed his own paintings and style. Bosch grew
up in turbulent times when there was a great fear of
the devil and all things evil. They were times filled with
many contagious diseases like the plague and lots of
people believed, perhaps not unlike today, that the end
of the world was nigh. Therefore, the creativity of many
painters was restricted to precise copies of religious
themes. Flouting convention, Hieronymus Bosch took
the liberty of painting his own, original ideas. With his
potent imagination he pictured the oppressive atmosphere that was preached from the pulpit and which
lingered in people’s minds.
Naturally, he was light years ahead of his contemporaries. Contrary to the serene work of other painters
of his day, the fantastic works of Bosch illustrate fear,
horror, sin and misfortune. The first things that many
people notice in his works are the surreal and atrocious
creatures. Today, only 25 paintings and nine drawings
known to have been created by him still exist. The
works of this passionate man are exhibited in various
museums all over the world. If you’d like to know more
about him, visit the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center.

Platforms at the Central Station

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Unique design at Hotel Central

The ’s-Hertogenbosch city centre can be divided into two
culinary regions. This doesn’t mean that the rest of the city
is devoid of restaurants, (in fact it offers 161 eating establishments) but the Uilenburg and the Korte Putstraat are
the places to go for lunch or dinner. In the Uilenburg you’ll
find cosy local restaurants and a few trendy places, but ’sHertogenbosch is most known for its Korte Putstraat, which
is an extraordinary little street lined with attractive restaurants and outdoor cafés frequented by tourists and locals
alike. Tipping, if deserved, is up to the diner, with 10% or a
rounding up of the bill both being acceptable.

Although you may feel a little uneasy about dining at a
restaurant serving cuisine from a country where millions
of people are on the run from the Taliban, we recommend
you put aside your squeamishness and visit this simple Afghan restaurant, which looks and feels like somebody’s living room. The décor may not be its biggest attraction, but
the food most certainly is and despite its simple menu you
won’t go home hungry. It’s also the one and only place in
town where it’s impolite not to eat with your hands!QC‑1,
Orthenstraat 87, tel. (+31) 738 79 51 85,
Open 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J­A­

Rancho Bravo
Argentinians are real meat-eaters and if there’s one restaurant in Den Bosch that confirms this stereotype, it’s Rancho
Bravo. Carnivores will salivate over delicious steaks, spareribs and other ‘specialties from the charcoal grill’. Excellent
house wine too. The walls offer depictions of grazing cattle, modern cowboys and other beautiful wallpaper photos of Patagonia and the pampa’s. Cheerful Spanish music
is piped in from the speakers.QC‑2, Orthenstraat 53, tel.
(+31) 736 13 01 67, Open 17:00 23:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 23:00. (€19 - 24). P­J­A­G­W
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Het Nieuwe Oosten
If you have your own transport and fancy real Asian food,
make your way to the De Rompert shopping centre. For
more than four decades, Het Nieuwe Oosten has been located on the side of this indoor shoppers’ paradise. You’ll
find plenty of delicious delicacies including a remarkably
wide selection of vegetarian dishes, but our favourite is
still the roast pork tenderloin.Q0‑15, Rompertcentrum
7-13, tel. (+31) 736 41 23 15,
Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:30 - 22:30. ­S

At the station
Houwen’s Vlaai
Imagine your favourite fruit, put it on a layer of cake and
you’ll have an idea of what they sell in this takeaway shop.
This is for more than five decades one of the better places
in the city to sample some regional delicacies such as
kruimelvlaai (crumb cake) and pruimenvlaai (plum cake).
Our favourite of the impressive menu of 30 choices is the
woudvruchtenvlaai, which is impossible to translate but
filled to the gills with berries and cream. Houwens Vlaai
is particularly popular with local shoppers with a sweet
tooth.QB‑2, Stationsplein 115, tel. (+31) 850 60 02 80, Open 07:00 - 16:00, Sat 08:00 16:00, Sun 08:00 - 14:00. T­J­A­S
Le Figaro
This restaurant/pub leans more towards a restaurant, but
still has a cosy wooden bar area. Inside you’ll find an intimate
setting, which gives off an Irish pub feel with dark stained
wood covering almost every surface. But this pub lacks the
flat screens, the huge array of draught beer (there are only
two: Bittburger and Palm) and the fake memorabilia. Instead,
Le Figaro has some attractive art and statuettes adorning the
shelves and walls.QB‑2, Stationsplein 81-83, tel. (+31) 736
13 13 62, Open 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 19:00, Sun 11:00 - 19:00. (€10 - 15). J­L­B­

It appears that Starbucks has snagged the most coveted
space for a café at ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s central station,
just above the tracks near the entrance to the city. Of the
17,000 or so Starbucks in the world, this is by far the ‘highest’ one on Dutch soil. There’s plenty of comfy seating,
free wi-fi and the usual selection of Starbucks drinks and
snacks and if you like privacy, try one of the leather seats in
the corner. If, however, you’re in the mood to socialise and
perhaps share a frappuccino with fellow travellers, grab a
chair at the central reading table.QB‑2, Stationsplein 89, Open 06:30 - 21:30, Thu, Fri 06:30
- 22:30, Sat 07:30 - 22:30, Sun 08:30 - 21:30. P­T­J­

Het Groote Genoegen
Upon entering, Manneken Pis, the famous urinating boy
from Brussels, joyfully pees in your direction. It’s a bit of
abroad in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Flanders that is, with corresponding atmosphere and beers. Guests are seated on
chairs and red upholstered sofas that surround tables on
an old, wooden floor. Everywhere you look, shelves on the
wall are lined with bottles of Belgian beer. Under these circumstances Trappist cheese tastes exquisite, especially a
luxurious baguette with sweet ginger and fromage.QC‑2,
Achter het Stadhuis 10, tel. (+31) 736 89 02 54, www. Open 12:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon.
(€15 - 20). J­

Burgers are all the rage in the Netherlands these days and
the latest addition to the Den Bosch scene, Bar35, has
raised the bar with a nice range of gourmet beef, chicken
and veggie burgers served on homemade buns. And if
you think that yellow clown with the red hair knows how
to make a real American burger then go straight to this
place to see how mistaken you are. Bar35 specialises in
simple, yet surprisingly creative hamburgers made from
environmentally sustainable, organic ingredients. The
trendy industrial surroundings are the perfect place to eat
a proper juicy burger.QC‑2, Lepelstraat 35, tel. (+31) 737
20 08 77, Open 17:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri,
Sat, Sun 12:00 - 01:00. P­J­A­G­W
Mister H.A.M.Burger
Painter Jheronimus Bosch and his monstrous creatures are
all the rage in the city these days and even this hamburger
joint is no exception offering stunning visuals from the
1500s. Luckily the quality of the food is up to 21st-century
standards, so carnivores can get their meat fix right in the
heart of the medieval city centre. All burgers, no matter
the style or price, are big and perfectly seasoned.QB‑3,
Vughterstraat 101A, tel. (+31) 736 89 28 88, hamburger. Open 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 17:00. Closed Mon. P­J­A­G­S­W

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
I Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section

S Takeaway

W Wifi

De Blauwe Lotus
Tintin’s fifth comic The Blue Lotus is commonly regarded
as the best work cartoonist Hergé ever produced. The
book is quite popular in China because it explores the
sensitive relationship it has with Japan and it doesn’t
foster any stereotypes of the Chinese. Everything in this
restaurant in northern Den Bosch is also authentically
Chinese from the dated tablecloths to the typical Asian
landscapes on the walls. Forget all of the 156 dishes
on the menu, especially the pork chop with fries, and
focus on one of the 26 items listed under the heading
Specialties of the House.QH‑5, Schanswetering 24-28,
tel. (+31) 736 41 97 58, Open
16:00 - 21:30, Sat 16:00 - 22:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00.
Closed Mon. (€16 - 20). L­­S
While many restaurants lower their standards or begin using inferior products after a period of time, Nan King has
been at the top of its field for over a quarter of a century
and is Den Bosch’s undisputed best Chinese restaurant.
That said, we recommend you skip the regular menu and
simply ask the friendly staff to prepare something special.
The result will be an authentic Chinese dish, and not the
sticky substances passed off as Asian cuisine at so many
other establishments.QK‑10, Boschmeerplein 1-2, tel.
(+31) 736 21 73 43, Open
12:00 - 21:30, Tue 16:00 - 21:00. (€15 - 20). T­L­N­S

One of Belgium’s best beers is recycled as a vase

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D’n Boerderij
This historic farmhouse is in 1997 converted into a restaurant ‘where you can taste the good life, exuberant atmosphere and Brabant hospitality in every detail’. That’s
indeed a bold statement, but unfortunately, it falls short of
its ambitious promise. Although it’s cuisine is affordable,
locals will tell you that the small serving sizes are more
typical of Randstad and not of Brabant. The predictable
menu could also use an upgrade. Great wines though and
excellent service.QJ‑6, Herven 52-54, tel. (+31) 736 44
50 58, Open 11:00 - 22:00. Closed
Mon. (€17 - 20). T­A­U­L­G­B­X­W

Citrus is one of the latest additions to the restaurant arena
in Den Bosch and we hope it’ll be around for a long time
as it’s run by a charming young couple who have breathed
some fresh air into the old town’s dining scene. The culinary team places an emphasis on quality rather than
quantity and you’ll no doubt be pleasantly surprised, as
we were, by the unusual flavour and ingredients combinations that land upon your plate. Wine connoisseurs
will also be happy to know that the selection of vintages
is much more than one might expect from such a small
venue. Enjoy!QC‑3, Lange Putstraat 7a, tel. (+31) 736 89
20 82, Open 18:00 - 23:00. Closed
Mon, Tue. ­J­A­U­G­W

English breakfasts have been served worldwide for over
a hundred years, but unfortunately not in the only nearly
authentic English restaurant in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Inspired
by the British recipes of Grandmother Pilkington, there
are plenty of other typically English dishes on the menu
like scones with marmalade and apple crumble. In summer the beautiful inner city garden is an ideal place for a
peaceful alfresco dinner or a genuine high tea.QD‑2, To‑
renstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736 12 29 23,
Open 10:00 - 22:00, Mon 11:30 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 19:00.
(€12 - 16). T­J­B­X

‘t Vervolg
Fans of ‘t Vervolg were no doubt shocked when this restaurant closed its doors. It is a compliment to the management that they didn’t choose the easy route, but instead
went in a completely different direction. All the old paintings and knick knacks have gone, replaced by modern
style furnishings and a completely new menu. Luckily the
ingredients are as fresh as ever and the same chef controls the kitchen.QC‑2, Kolperstraat 30, tel. (+31) 736 12
82 68, Open 10:00 - 21:30, Mon, Sun
12:00 - 21:30. (€23 - 25). J­A­U­G­B­X­W

One of the city’s numerous tour boats

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Food connoisseurs who’ve never been tempted to leave
the confines of Amsterdam now have a good reason to
travel south to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. On the outskirts of
this charming fortress town with the unpronounceable name, you’ll find Noble, which began impressing
local foodies in 2014. As the name suggests, this is no
humble hole in the wall. Whatever you choose from the
small menu will be worth taking a second mortgage on
your house for. But what else would you expect from
the man who had the honour of serving meals to Madonna, Nelson Mandela and the Clintons?QG‑10/11,
Wilhelminaplein 1, tel. (+31) 736 13 23 31, www. Open 12:00 - 24:00. (€40 - 50).
P­J ­H ­A ­L ­B ­X

De Griek
Each Dutch town has at least one Greek restaurant and
Rosmalen, a suburb of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is no exception.
Inside you can expect a typical Mediterranean scene of
white walls, traditional lamps and a few busts of Greek
goddesses. The food, on the other hand, is not at all standard. The delicious meals are a blend of traditional dishes
of the Greek countryside and Macedonian cuisine.QL‑10,
Rodenborchweg 35, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 21 24 84, Open 12:00 - 24:00. Closed
Mon. (€12 - 17). P­T­A­G­S
The myth that the credit crunch in Greece was caused by
its lazy population is convincingly busted at this excellent Greek restaurant. The friendly staff works hard - and
especially fast - to get the dishes ready. While the kitchen
staff doesn’t exactly go easy on the salt, the food still
tastes outstanding. The chef’s specialties are a must, but
don’t plan on a long evening as the service is so quick
that you’ll soon find yourself ready to visit nearby pubs.
QD‑2, Kerkstraat 87, tel. (+31) 736 13 22 13, www. Open 16:00 - 22:00. (€15 - 21).
P­T ­J ­A ­G ­B­

M’EAT Bar & Grill
M’EAT Bar is one of the latest hot spots in Den Bosch where
locals eat, meet and drink. A centrally located bar is the focal
point of this place that’s run by two young brothers. The interior is otherwise bare, but still trendy and you can enjoy anything from burgers to lots of other international meals cooked
with fresh ingredients.QC‑2, Minderbroedersstraat 22, tel.
(+31) 732 04 80 38, Open 11:00 - 24:00,
Fri, Sat 11:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. J­G­W

Ice cream
Generations of locals have been raised on ‘t Spul van De Rul.
This venerable nickname is printed in the local dialect on the
oldest ice-cream cart in the Netherlands. It’s been around
for over a hundred years and has been completely restored.
Many a visitor to ‘s-Hertogenbosch still enjoys the famous
ice-cream served from the old cart that carries no less than 42
litres of ice-cream in its belly.QC‑2, Markt 1. Open Wed, Sat
11:30 - 16:30. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun. J­­S
Owner Enzo Zanin put all his Italian background in his
homemade icecream. The fresh fruit he buys at the marketstalls in the morning, are later that day transformed
into lovely icecreams. Open from february (Carnaval) till
november.QD‑2, Nieuwstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 14 86 68.
Open 09:30 - 18:30, Thu 09:00 - 21:30, . T­J­B

Prince of India
Since 1991 Prince of India has been subtly combining
traditional Indian cuisine with elements from all regions.
The owner has created a dining experience that even Indian guests claim is better than any you’ll find in Delhi or
Mumbai. Part of that reputation has been built on excellent service. Overall it’s a fine effort and worth the total
on the bottom of the check.QC‑2, Orthenstraat 272, tel.
(+31) 736 12 21 26, Open 17:00
- 22:00. J­S

Dapur Saya
Although it’s a five minute walk from the centre of town,
that really is the only negative remark we can make
about this Indonesian eatery. Owner and chef Tim takes
his guests on a culinary journey through the Indonesian
archipelago. With a décor of mint walls and about forty
wicker chairs, this is a great place to enjoy the specialities
of the house ayam setan or babi pedis, the spiciest dish
on the menu.QE‑2, Hinthamereinde 34, tel. (+31) 736 89
77 13, Open 15:30 - 21:30. Closed
Mon, Wed. (€12- 18). L­G­S

This popular and trendy location combines a modern interior with old-fashioned Dutch accessories and ‘see and be
seen’ is the local motto here. Add the latest music hits, an
out-of-the-ordinary menu (raw tuna with Japanese ginger
sauce, a Kinder Egg or chips in a paper cone) and the popularity of this hip place is hardly a mystery. Dessert lovers will
definitely indulge their sweet tooth here.QC‑2, Snellestraat
24-26, tel. (+31) 736 14 10 15, Open
10:00 - 01:00, Mon 12:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00, Sun
10:00 - 24:00. (€9 - 12). T­J­A­6­E­G­B­W
Kloosterhotel Soete Moeder
Although Eetkamer Soete Moeder is only open four nights
a week for dinner, we highly recommend you visit this
former abbey. A short walk north of the city centre you’ll
find this characteristic place full of charming details from a
time when the Sisters of Love prepared food here for one
another. Today, Sister Clementine is no longer in charge,
but you can still expect some genuine organic food
for a fair price, served in the nuns’ former dining room.
QG‑7, Nemiusstraat 4, tel. (+31) 732 04 88 40, www. Open 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon,
Tue, Sun. T­U­L­G­B­X­W
Le VIN’x
If you’re in the mood for a big splurge, head straight down
to Le VIN’x, which is by far the best place in old town for
an old-fashioned evening of fine dining. With all the exciting food on offer, not to mention its professional staff, you
really can’t go wrong at this chic restaurant and wine bar.
Choose one of its delicious international main courses or
throw caution to the wind and be surprised by the chef’s
menu. Proper wine and food pairing is also a trademark of
Le VIN’x.QC‑3, Verwersstraat 18, tel. (+31) 733 03 02 87, Open 12:00 - 22:00, Tue, Sat
15:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Sun. P­J­U­G­B­X­W
Top class dining in the Movenpick showpiece. And even if
you’re not staying at this hotel, its restaurant and bar are still
worth a visit. The tranquil restaurant offers a fantastic terrace overlooking a small lake. Try one of its delicious Italian
made dishes or the stir fry Asian-style cuisine. For dessert
we recommend the original homemade Swiss ice cream
which is best enjoyed out on the terrace.QP‑15, Pettelaar‑
park 90, tel. (+31) 736 87 46 74,
Open 06:30 - 23:00. (€16 - 20). P­H­A­L­B­W­
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Japanese & Sushi

The open-plan kitchen at this historic house, where theatrical Italian cooks prepare the meals is inviting to say the
least. There’s plenty of space so you can enjoy an aperitif
in the vaulted cellar, a glass of wine on the ground floor
or a full meal upstairs. The atmosphere is stylish and the
menu offers Italian antipasta and loads of standard pasta
dishes. The service varies from good to typically Mediterranean, meaning impatient.QC‑2, Kruisstraat 37, tel.
(+31) 736 13 21 15, Open
17:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 17:00 - 23:00. (€20 - 25).

This brown brick building may lack a Japanese-style exterior, but inside is a completely different story. Peace
and tranquillity are in abundance in this spacious restaurant that plays calm, relaxing music for its guests.
The food is tasty and the staff is cheerful, but remember that this Japanese cuisine doesn’t come cheap, but,
in our humble opinion, it’s worth the expense.QC‑2,
Uilenburg 4, tel. (+31) 736 12 76 00, japansshiro.
nl. Open 18:00–22:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€20 - 25).
P­J ­A ­G­

Brigantino is Italian for a sailing vessel and this boat,
which has somehow become stranded in the middle of
‘s-Hertogenbosch, offers truly authentic Italian pizzas. Its
other dishes take a bit longer to arrive but waiting in this
place is uncommonly pleasant, especially if you take some
time studying the wine list. There are no special dishes for
children, but what kid doesn’t love a slice of pizza?QC‑2,
Hinthamerstraat 122, tel. (+31) 736 13 26 57, www. Open 17:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon, Tue.
(€15 - 20). P­T­J­U­L­V­N­B­W
Although the interior and furniture of Padrino’s is in our
humble opinion a bit bare and basic, others might call it
‘functional and modern’, but the menu certainly isn’t. This
is top-notch Italian food for incredibly reasonable prices.
We suspect that the same owner who made nearby Stefano’s Pizzeria the best pizza place in Den Bosch will now
turn his attention to making Padrino’s the best Italian restaurant in town. The attentive staff, fresh ingredients and
homemade food, including its tender steaks, are more
than enough reason to give it a try.QC‑2, Kerkstraat 38,
tel. (+31) 736 89 00 95, Open 16:00 22:00. Closed Mon. P­J­A­U­B­X­S­W

Hipsters are also welcome in Den Bosch

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Just behind the train station you’ll find Soto, which
boasts a completely different interior than most comparable Asian places and bless them for it! The dark and
cosy interior as well as the extensive menu of Japanese
dishes are excellent selling points for this trendy place
and the clean toilets and fresh fruit are also reasons to
come back.QB‑2, Leonardo da Vinciplein 6-8, tel. (+31)
736 23 00 30, Open 11:30 22:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 22:00. All-you-can-eat: €23 - 25.
T­A ­L ­B ­D ­S

Korte Putstraat
The Korte Putstraat is the central, picturesque street with
all of the terraces in Den Bosch. Every single building in this
relatively short street offers food and drinks and all of the
pubs and restaurants have outdoor seating available, pretty
much year round. In the summer months it’s hard to get a
seat here, but it’s well worth the effort. The variety of cuisine also guarantees a little something for everyone.
Located on the city’s most famous outdoor café street,
Breton blends in beautifully with its neighbours. If you like
delicious (yet very small) servings of French cuisine, then
you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy exquisite fish dishes
or just check the menu for a wide variety of meat main
courses and salads. The open kitchen and the friendly staff
lend the establishment a dash of French nonchalance.
QC‑2, Korte Putstraat 26, tel. (+31) 735 13 47 05, www. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Mon 17:00 22:00. (€8 - 12). J­6­L­B­
Trendy, minimalistic and aloof are not usually qualifications that appeal to us. However, Lux is a good exception
to this rule. The stylish décor as well as the carefully prepared dishes are good enough reasons for a visit, while the
relatively affordable prices won’t cause you any sleepless
nights. When the weather’s good there’s no better place
to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine than in its beautifully
designed garden.QC‑3, Korte Putstraat 23, tel. (+31) 736
89 18 80, Open 17:30 - 22:00.
(€23 - 28). J­A­B­

La Cocotte
Can’t afford the plane fare to the Mediterranean this year?
Well keep on saving or book a table at La Cocotte - an
old favourite that’s been impressing us ever since we first
showed up in town years ago. The interior is as cosy as you
would expect from such an establishment and the menu is
extensive. Choose from a wide selection of meze (starters),
but don’t leave without tasting the tagines, a real treasure
of Moroccan origin.QG‑7, Van Noremborghstraat 109,
tel. (+31) 736 14 71 46, Open 16:30 22:20. Closed Mon, . (€16 - 20). T­L­

Cantina San Juan
‘The Best Mexican Food in Town’ is a title a restaurant has
to earn and it should be awarded by an objective audience
like ‘s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket, for example. However, when restaurants start shouting qualifications like
this themselves, our culinary feelers go on high alert. After
several visits to this impresively furnished restaurant we
cannot but conclude that Cantina San Juan does indeed
deserve a title, namely that of ‘Most Colourful and Kitschy
Restaurant’. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t seem to resemble Mexican cuisine in any way.QD‑2, Kerkstraat 54,
tel. (+31) 736 13 03 71, Open
17:00 - 22:20, Sun 16:00 - 22:20. (€15 - 19). J­

North African
When you enter this charming, intimate restaurant you
feel like you’re visiting a North African family. All around
you can see little details from the sandy end of the dark
continent, including shisha (water-pipes) and Arabic music. The menu offers couscous, merguez (lightly spiced
sausages), and kefta (minced veal with fresh herbs), combined with traditional dishes from Tunisia, Morocco and
Algeria.QC‑2, Orthenstraat 356, tel. (+31) 736 12 15 07, Open 17:30 - 22:30. Closed
Mon. (€16 - 20). T­J­A­U­E­S

Out of town
De Pannekoekenbakker
Welcome to a veritable Valhalla for pancake lovers and a nightmare for people who dislike making
choices. The menu displays no less than 230 different types of pancakes. Do something different and
choose a pancake you would never make at home,
such as the uitsmijter which is stuffed with fried eggs
and ham. If you’re walking across the Vismarkt in the
dark, the Pannekoekenbakker will light up just like in
a fairytale.QN‑15, Vismarkt 4, Heusden, tel. (+31)
416 66 25 59, www.pannekoekenbakker-heusden.
nl. Open April - November 10:00 - 19:30, Fri, Sat,
Sun 10:00 - 20:30; November - April 11:00 - 19:00,
Fri 11:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 20:00. (€10 - 15).
­T ­J ­A ­U ­I ­L ­G ­B ­X ­W
Van der Valk Hotel Nuland
Whether you come here for breakfast, lunch, brunch,
dinner or simply to enjoy a proper British high tea,
make sure to take your time. The rural surroundings,
comfortable atmosphere and the extensive menu are
all characteristic of this family-owned business. And
don’t worry about keeping the kids entertained. The
Timo Toekan children’s menu will silence even the
most difficult child. That said, if you’re staying in the
hotel you can also have the food brought up to your
room.QO‑15, Rijksweg 25, Nuland, tel. (+31) 735 34
25 34, P­Z ­T ­A ­L ­G­
B­K ­X ­W

Although Djoyn only recently opened, it has already become indispensable, mainly due to its original menu and
its use of organic ingredients. The hip and colourful interior, which is a unique combination of both vintage and
industrial elements, is a great place to relax. The salads
are a safe choice, while the chicken cooked in Trappist
beer was of such exceptional quality that we forgave the
chef for using such a valuable brew for cooking!QC‑2,
Orthenstraat 55, tel. (+31) 738 88 65 56, www.djoyn.
nl. Open 12:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 22:30. Closed
Mon. T­J ­A ­U ­G ­W

Newcomer Buurt is already a hit with locals

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Europa Pizza
One of the better pizza joints in Den Bosch, Europa Pizza
offers quality fast food in a space that’s a mix of Turkish
knickknacks and local memorabilia with the highlight being
a faded picture of former Dutch queen Beatrix meeting the
Turkish prime minister. Enjoy your food with an exotic Efes
brew from Turkey or an ice cold local beer. Delivery times often depend on which scooter-riding daredevil is on call, so
be prepared to wait a while.QOude Engelenseweg 60, tel.
(+31) 736 21 04 34. Open 15:30 - 01:30. L­V­N­B­S
Walk down this main street for a while and reward yourself
with savoury indulgence in the form of a pizza or a kebab.
The pizzas are served, in our humble opinion, the way
they should be, but you might want to pick up the food
yourself to avoid cold food delivered to your door.QD‑2,
Hinthamerstraat 152, tel. (+31) 736 13 83 30, www. Open 15:00 - 23:00. (€7 - 10). J­S

Quick bites
This chain of snack bars, or rather snack shops, offers deepfried croquettes, frikandel and burgers promptly placed into
vending machines right after being made, which is why it’s
often the recipient of contempt by both locals and tourists.
QC‑2, Hinthamerstraat 3-5, tel. (+31) 736 90 06 79, www. Open 11:00 - 19:30, Thu 11:30 - 21:30,
Sat 11:30 - 18:30. Closed Sun. (€1 - 5). J­N­S
Greek to Go
While most people won’t be buying Greek bonds any time
soon, it’s good to know that its delicious cuisine is still in
great demand around the world. In fact, since 2012 Den
Bosch has had its own Hellenic eatery that delivers excellent Greek food. The enthusiastic Greek owners might
even convince you to stay for a meal at this unpretentious
place and if do you have time to settle in then take a look
at the wall-sized photo of their idyllic hometown, Katerini.
QF‑7, Boschdijkstraat 94, tel. (+31) 736 89 73 55, www. Open 16:00 - 22:00, Fri, Sat, Sun 15:00 22:00. Closed Mon. V­­S
Kees Kroket
Looking for something cheap, fast and a step above your
normal fast food joint? Shoot for Kees Kroket! This corner restaurant, just recently completely renovated, offers
everything from a regular burger and fries to traditional
Dutch cuisine. There’s also a decent menu in the middle
for fans of Asian cuisine. Also you can grab a snack now
from the outer side windows. For years this has been a
favourite for many Boschenaren after a drinking session
in old town.QC‑2, Visstraat 12, tel. (+31) 736 13 67 20, Open 11:00 - 24:00, Wed 10:00 24:00, Thu 10:00 - 01:30, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:30, Sun 13:00
- 24:00. (€5 - 7). T­J­U­L­G­S
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The new Paleis Brug or Palace Bridge

Le Coq
From the outside, Le Coq looks sleek and modern and inside there’s plenty of space and even a view of the ZuidWillemsvaart canal. Although it offers the usual variety of
snacks on its menu, it distinguishes itself with the large
number of sauces it provides with fries (chips) and its wide
selection of sandwiches. Its speciality is the lecoqmenu,
which contains - surprise, surprise - chicken.QD‑2, Van
Berckelstraat 1, tel. (+31) 736 91 18 39,
Open 12:00 - 22:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 14:00
- 23:00. Closed Wed. (€6 - 10). J­L­S

Although Visch isn’t a proper restaurant or even a café,
it’s still one of our favourite places in downtown to enjoy
some tasty seafood. Two entrepreneurs with a love for all
creatures aquatic have created a stylish shop selling heaps
of tuna, salmon, perch and loads of other tasty fish, even
shark steaks. A few small seats are available if you’ve got a
hankering for some fresh sashimi or perhaps some raw herring.QC‑2, Kolperstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 90 72 28, www. Open 08:00 - 18:30, Sat 08:00 - 17:00, Sun
12:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. P­J­A­U­G­S­W

Bossche Koek
Already five centuries ago,
painter Jeroen Bosch had access
to a rich cake locally known as
Bossche Koek. Famous bakeries
in Den Bosch baked this delicious treat and for generations
the recipe was a well-kept secret
passed from father to son. Sadly,
most of these well-kept secrets were lost. In modern
times, however, the De Backer family still use the same
traditional Bossche Koek recipe as their ancestors did
centuries ago. Bossche Koek is baked in a wooden cake
tin (like a small box), which keeps the cake fresh much
longer. Enjoy it with a thin layer of butter, as this brings
out its delicious flavour. The genuine Bossche Koek is
available at various bakeries in the city.



Casa Don Arroyo
Case Don Arroyo in Rosmalen is the product of two culinary traditions from two different cultures: indigenous
dishes from the Andes are listed alongside Mediterranean
delicacies from the Spanish coast. Not only does it offer
over 50 delicious main courses, Don Arroyo also provides a
great atmosphere and an attractive garden.QL‑10, Graaf‑
sebaan 42, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 21 22 06, www. Open 17:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon, Tue. (€17
- 22). P­T­J­A­G­B­S

Lai Thai
Thailand is the biggest rice exporter in the world and at
Lai Thai the many meat, fish and chicken dishes contain a
wide selection of rice varieties. The extremely friendly staff
will happily tell you about the restaurant’s spicy wok dishes, but the slightly high prices are most likely a reflection
of the incredibly romantic atmosphere and not the decent,
yet somewhat average food.QE‑2, Muntelstraat 12, tel.
(+31) 736 12 21 78, Open 16:00 - 20:00.
Closed Mon. (€14 - 19). P­U­L­N­G­S


Smile Thai
Although the predictable name and the average interior
of this Thai food joint won’t win any prizes for originality, the meals certainly could. Imagine all of the proper
ingredients and spices an authentic Thai restaurant has
to offer and you’ll understand why this latest addition to
Den Bosch’s Asian restaurant scene has already become
one of our favourites.QB‑2, Orthenstraat 34-36, www. Open 12:00 - 22:00. J­A­V­G­S

Sitio – Steaks & Pasta
Although we listed Sitio as a steak restaurant, which seems
to be its signature dish, it could just as easily be categorised
as Italian, Asian or even fusion. Its reasonable prices and
huge serving sizes seem to be its main draw and its two
floors fill up in no time at the weekend. Salads and club
sandwiches are all safe bets, but if you like your meat then
try something from the grill.QC‑2, Korenbrugstraat 16, tel.
(+31) 738 88 40 88, Open 17:00 - 22:00, Sat,
Sun 12:00 - 22:00. Closed Mon. P­J­A­U­B­X­W

Tante Wonnie
Anyone who’s ever been to Suriname will be familiar with
the cultural diversity of this Dutch ex-colony. Den Bosch’s
first Surinamese restaurant, opened as Tante Wonnie
(Aunt Wonnie), manages to bring together these influences from the Creole, Javanese, Hindu and Chinese traditions incredibly well. We highly recommend the pom,
saoto and roti.QC‑2, Hinthamerstraat 115, tel. (+31) 737
37 01 11, Open 12:00 - 21:30, Sun
16:00 - 21:30. Closed Mon. (€15 - 20). P­J­6­B­S

Enjoy a dreamy evening of Spanish ambience at the Danza
tapas bar where you can sip a jug of sangria with your
friends. The menu doesn’t offer many surprises, but for
€24 you can enjoy the sorpresa de cocina, which takes
you on a culinary trip around the Iberian peninsula.QC‑2,
Stoofstraat 5, tel. (+31) 736 12 32 28, www.tapasdanza.
nl. Open 16:30 - 24:00. Closed Mon. (€5 - 9). T­J­
Le Couple
Passion for good food is at the heart of this straightforward, cosy restaurant. Its simple concept ‘global tapas’
means that portions are somewhere between a starter
and a main and the chef, who’s a walking, talking recipe
book, deserves deserves a medal.QC‑2, Ridderstraat
3b, tel. (+31) 736 13 00 60, Open Tue, Wed
12:00 - 20:00, Thu, Fri 12:00 - 21:00, Sat 12:30 - 21:00.
Closed Mon, Sun. (€8 - 15). J­G­B­S­W

If you’ve never had a Turkish meal or maybe only a greasy kebab after too many drinks, it’s time to visit Uskudar. Traditional
and tender Turkish grilled dishes, sincere and friendly hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere are all characteristic of this
authentic restaurant and so are the large servings. Several surprising vegetarian options are also on the menu.QC‑2, Verw‑
erstraat 3, tel. (+31) 736 14 05 75, www.restaurantuskudar.
nl. Open 17:00 - 23:00. Closed Mon. J­

With the Kids
Every Saturday and Sunday Adventureland transforms into
a simple restaurant. Just pay the admission fee and you’ll
get entrance to the playgrounds and a two- or threecourse dinner. It’s an ideal place for dinner with the kids
and we highly recommend the pancakesQK‑10, Geerke
2, tel. (+31) 736 43 01 44, Open
Sat, Sun 16:00 - 20:00. (€13 - 16). T­

Jurassic Park in Den Bosch?

2016 / 2017


For cafés look no further than the Market Square


‘s-Hertogenbosch café culture has always been one of our
favourite things about the city. When the weather’s good
the entire old town is abuzz with activity at the pavement
cafés that line nearly every street. So be on time when the
sun’s out, because the terraces tend to fill up quickly. During the colder months things move indoors. Have a look
at our carefully selected cafés and pick the one that is just
right for you and ‘eet smakelijk’ (bon appetit)!

Coffee & Tea
Boutique Nespresso
After conquering much of the world with a smooth George
Clooney campaign and fancy coffee machines, Den Bosch’s
residents and visitors can finally enjoy the quality brews dispensed at this Nespresso shop. These modern stores have
been called ‘boutiques’ by their Swiss brand owners and
we have to admit that the so-called ‘ultimate coffee experience’ is a stylish affair and each of the 23 available Grands
Crus are little pieces of art. Naturally, the fancy surroundings
and the gourmet coffee will cost you a pretty penny.QD‑2,
Kerkstraat 32, Open 10:00 - 18:00,
Mon 12:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sat 10:00 - 18:30,
Sun 12:00 - 17:00. J­A­S

Winding waterway
The Dommel, one of the smaller rivers in the
Netherlands, was immortalised by artist Vincent van
Gogh who painted the characteristic windmills that
line this winding waterway. The Dommel itself was
indispensable to the rich industrial heritage of ‘sHertogenbosch. Its (then polluted) water was used to
transport wood, grain, meat and drinkable water. You
can experience the Dommel for yourself with a hike or
a bicycle ride along its banks while you can enjoy the
rich flora and fauna along its banks.
20 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

DE koffie café
The Netherlands’ most renowned coffee brand Douwe
Egberts, making the liquid Black Gold since 1753 (!), has
its own coffee bar that serves delicious java, sandwiches
and sweets. The incredible selection of special coffees is
staggering, but don’t worry, as you’ll have plenty of time
to choose as you wait in the long queues here. We recommend the iced coffee treacle waffle for a true taste of
Holland. In keeping with the theme, even the background
music is pumped in from the world’s largest coffee producing nations.QC‑2, Visstraat 33, tel. (+31) 736 14 11 80, Open 08:00 - 17:30, Thu 08:00 - 21:30, Sun
10:30 - 17:30. (€2 - 4). T­J­A­U­L­G­B­K­S
Doppia Espressobar
Since 2007 this Dutch chain of espresso bars has been
fierce competition for Starbucks. Doppia has nearly 30
outlets throughout the Netherlands and now Den Bosch
has its own hip espresso joint. In addition to the tasty
black stuff, this popular coffee bar is also a good place for
a snack, a pastry or an Italian-style tosti. A traditional high
tea with a twist is another crowd pleaser.QC‑2, Visstraat
46, tel. (+31) 736 99 09 64,
Open 08:30 - 18:00, Mon 11:00 - 18:00, Thu 08:30 - 21:00,
Sat 08:30 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. P­J­A­K­S­W

Brownies & Downies
As the name suggests, the staff in these historical premises are not the usual pimply faced teenagers, but employees with Down Syndrome. The menu may be simple, but
the dishes certainly are not. The tasty sandwiches are filled
generously and garnished with fresh salads, but the excessive dressing may not be to everyone’s liking. This restaurant on two floors is also worth a visit for its architecture.
QC‑3, Lange Putstraat 3, tel. (+31) 736 14 19 16, www. Open 09:00 - 17:00, Thu 09:00
- 20:00. Closed Mon, Sun. (€6 - 10). T­J­A­G­S­W

Owner Anneke and her two hospitable ginger-haired
daughters Anne and Ella help one understand where this
coffee bar got its name. Situated in the city centre, it has
a cool interior of orange walls and weathered wood furniture and also provides a small outdoor terrace. In the early
morning people come here for a good cup of coffee with
freshly baked biscuits or a full breakfast. You can also enjoy
a delicious piece of homemade cake. We wholeheartedly
recommend the chocolate cake.QC‑2, Ridderstraat 17a,
tel. (+31) 641 16 82 13, Open
08:30 - 17:00, Fri, Sat 08:30 - 19:00. Closed Mon, Sun.
(€3 - 8). T­J­B­K
Jan de Groot
This 2-story lunchroom is pure paradise for people with a
sweet tooth. Its extensive assortment includes dozens of
cakes and pastries, but it’s most renowned for its Bossche
bollen (pastry filled with whipped cream and glazed with
melted chocolate). If you can believe it, hordes of elderly
Dutchmen and women have been known to travel for
hours by train just to eat these authentic local snacks and
if you’re really unfortunate, you’ll be stuck behind them in
a long queue. Luckily they are packed during the ‘Jeroen
Bosch-year’ in a special giftbox with the painter’s portrait
on it.QB‑2, Stationsweg 24, tel. (+31) 736 13 38 30, www. Open 08:00 - 18:00, Thu 08:00 - 21:00,
Sat 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. (€2 - 5). T­J­A­L­K­S
Kattencafé Mispoes!
Just recently animal-lover and young entrepreneur Marloes opened the first cat-friendly establishment in the
whole ‘s-Hertogenbosch region. Through the wonders of
crowd funding she has raised enough money to open Holland’s third official ‘cat café’, an idea that began roughly a
decade ago in Taiwan and which has since spawned many
offspring around the globe. A handful of cats from the
nearby shelter have been carefully selected for their cuteness and will be available for free hugs. Mispoes! might
look small from the outside, but with its 18m-deep space
and small courtyard in the back, you’re likely to find somewhere to sit. Note that there’s a small admission fee of €3
to enter this cat-lovers’ paradise.QC‑2, Orthenstraat 31,
tel. (+31) 640 56 17 87. Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J

The perfect Den Bosch afternoon: coffee and Dutch apple pie

Glorious Age
Windmills have been a part of the city’s landscape for
over six centuries. ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s first windmill
served its inhabitants as early as 1296. Unfortunately,
this glorious age came to an end with the demolition
of its last remaining windmill in 1939. Exactly how
many windmills Den Bosch had is unknown, but in
1545 there were at least 17. Technical improvements
and the appearance of the steam engine brought an
end to the use of windmills, which were originally a
Japanese invention.
Robbies Food
Although this is basically a large department store filled
with all the stuff that makes women happy, a relatively
small space has been set aside for a lunchroom. You can
have an affordable lunch, some homemade apple pie and
the freshest coffee around in this former bank building.
The romantic, some would say French-style setting, embellished with industrial elements also provides a pleasant
Francophone soundtrack. In short, there are worse places
to kill a few hours.QC‑3, Verwerstraat 33, tel. (+31) 733
03 27 10, Open 09:00 - 18:00, Sun
11:00 - 18:00. J­A­G­K­W
As the name suggests, the Vitaminstore is the place to go
for people who wouldn’t dare drinking a Redbull or some
other unhealthy sugar bomb. Although you can buy all
kinds of items that are good for body and soul we usually stop by to visit the Vitaminboost juice bar, that offers
basically every fruit and natural energiser known to man.
Consume your freshly made juice or smoothie right on
the spot or have one prepared in a handy ‘To-Go’ bottle.
QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat 75, tel. (+31) 736 10 47 96, Open 09:30 - 18:00, Mon 12:30
- 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00, Sun 12:00 17:00. J­A­U­S­W
Yoghurt Barn
Forget cup-a-soup. If you want to fill your belly in the afternoon then try Yoghurt Barn, which serves all kinds of
homemade frozen yoghurts. Since early 2016 this Dutch
chain has been offering a great variety of delicious frozen
dairy products made with local Dutch milk. Pick any topping
from a huge selection of fruit, nuts, sweet sauces, jams and
lots of other of funky crunchy ingredients to make the best
possible frozz you can dream up. It almost sounds too good
to be true as it’s 100% natural and everything is made from
fresh ingredients. Its downtown location, right next to one
of the city’s most beautiful historical buildings, is yet another reason to drop by.QC‑2, Orthenstraat 5-7, tel. (+31) 738
90 02 78, Open 08:30 - 18:00, Thu 08:30
- 20:30, Fri 08:30 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 20:00, Sun 10:00 18:00. P­T­J­A­U­G­B­K­S­W
2016 / 2017



In Den Bosch the night begins with a good pub

The Uilenburg is one of the most popular areas in the old
town due to its high density of restaurants and bars that
are so characteristic of the district. The nearby Binnendieze
river and the area’s narrow cobblestone streets complete
the picture. Whether you’re after a nightclub with strict
face control and scary bouncers, a dingy dive with cheap
beer or an underground bar where you can hole up till the
wee hours of the morning, ‘s-Hertogenbosch has it all. With
more than 200 terraces to choose from, we are sure you’ll
find a place of your taste.

De Cosmopoliet
The orange coloured retro wallpaper and the catchy dance
music from the 1970s and 80s will take you back to a time
when your legs would take you to the dance floor of their
own accord. Watch out for your neighbour’s feet, even if
you don’t have two left ones, because De Cosmopoliet is
rather small. And rather busy. The sound quality is sometimes a bit lacking, but what do you expect from a place
that’s decorated its ceiling with old worn-out records and
retro orange lamps.QC‑2, Kolperstraat 11-13, tel. (+31)
650 60 43 16, Open Tue, Thu
20:00 - 02:00, Fri 18:00 - 04:00, Sat 20:00 - 04:00. Closed
Mon, Wed, Sun. J
De Saeck
During the week De Saeck is a quiet brown café with a
corresponding clientele situated at the foot of St. John’s
Cathedral. At the weekend things go wild here and you
can expect the opposite. In fact, this pub is transformed
into a semi-posh place, steeped in hard rock music and
many alcoholic beverages. A toilet was somehow forgotten. Luckily the friendly next-door neighbours, Gompie,
are more than happy to receive your contribution to the
next acid rain shower. Don’t tell anyone else, the terrace
has by the largest (and the latest) sunrays.QD‑2, Toren‑
straat 12, tel. (+31) 736 14 83 45. Open 20:00 - 02:00, Fri,
Sat 14:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue. J­B
22 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Het Veulen
Het Veulen is a bar with an outside café, which is completely hijacked by over-forties and large families at the
weekend. Perhaps it’s due to the free snacks that are ‘on
the house’ including its speciality, peanuts whose shells
litter the floor. On the other hand it could be the frequently
changing beers on draught that often yield unknown, yet
divine brews. Beer drinking has been lifted here to a form
of art. And despite the fact that the music is played really
softly, if at all, nobody seems to mind much.QC‑2, Koren‑
brugstraat 9a, tel. (+31) 736 12 30 38, www.hetveulen.
nl. Open 15:00 - 01:00, Fri 14:00 - 01:30, Sat 11:00 - 01:30,
Sun 14:00 - 01:00. T­J­6­B
M’n Tante
For many years men from Den Bosch have used the expression I’m just heading over to my aunt’s to excuse their
actual intention of just heading over to the pub. M’n Tante
(my aunt) is nothing special to look at, but it’s spacious and
perfect for spending an evening with a few beers after a
hard day’s work. The mostly thirty-something clientele
choose one of their 65 favourite brews from a blackboard
that lists everything by brand and alcohol percentage.
QC‑2, Korenbrugstraat 7A, tel. (+31) 736 13 40 30. Open
15:00 - 01:00, Thu 15:00 - 02:00, Fri 14:00 - 02:00, Sat
11:00 - 02:00, Sun 14:00 - 01:00. J­B
Plaats Royaal
Everyone seems to know each other in this café frequented by elderly men. Their long coats are draped neatly from
the hat stand and their musical heroes of yore hang from
the walls in beautiful LP covers. The grand central table
for regulars has a prominent place in the room where
aged gentlemen have vehement discussions about local politics and the latest gossip.One of the places in Old
Town where you can enjoy the real Bossche Bollen from
Jan de Groot.QC‑2, Ridderstraat 19, tel. (+31) 736 12
78 60, Open 11:00 - 02:00,
Tue 11:00 - 20:00, Wed 11:00 - 21:00, Sun 16:00 - 20:00.
Closed Mon. J

The Baron’s Lodge
This chic bar decorated with the portraits of barons and baronesses offers a regal, aristocratic atmosphere that’s obviously popular with the elder generation who often enjoy a
bottle of good wine and scintillating conversation at the bar
tables as they listen to jazz music. Every drink is accompanied by a small plate of olives and nuts.QD‑3, Korte Put‑
straat 28, tel. (+31) 736 13 49 42, Open
16:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 16:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon. J
Tic Tac
Tic Tac is the place to go if you fancy yourself hip and trendy.
Naturally, beer drinking is out of fashion at this stylishly
designed place, where every centimetre of the interior has
been carefully planned. Order wine from enormous glasses
or expertly concocted cocktails that are prepared before
your eyes and so well-presented that they’re almost too
pretty to drink. QD‑2, Kerkstraat 83, tel. (+31) 736 13 40
88, Open 16:00 - 22:00, Thu 16:00 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 04:00, Sat 12:00 - 04:00. J­B­K­W
‘t Paultje
If any pub deserves the label beer bar, it’s definitely ‘t
Paultje. You can order no less than 155 beers here, six of
which are on draught. If you’re clueless about brews, owner
Paul will have a great time enlightening you. Tell him your
preferences (light, bitter, dark) and within a few seconds
he’ll offer you some personal advice. We consider ourselves
beer aficionados, yet he still taught us a thing or two about
some great brews.QB‑2, Lepelstraat 31a, tel. (+31) 736 12
44 41. Open 13:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00. J­B­W
‘t Root
If you believe as we do that too many Dutch bars cater to a
younger crowd, then head down to ‘t Root. A steady clientele of over-40s fill this place to capacity on most evenings
and its limited opening hours ensure that they hit the sack
at a decent hour. The friendly new owner Jolanda has also
managed to transform this dark space into an inviting café
and bar that offers interesting beers as well as some excellent wines. The name, however, is a remnant of the former
café.QC‑2, Kolperstraat 4, tel. (+31) 736 13 50 09, www. Open 11:00 - 19:00, Thu 11:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat
11:00 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. J­B

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
I Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section

S Takeaway

W Wifi

Traditional bars
De Meierijsche Kar
The name of this 110-year old cosy eating place stems from
the name of the region surrounding ‘s-Hertogenbosch,
the Meierij. The mantelpiece is remarkably attractive and
dishes served are small and simple; dirt-cheap pancakes
are an ideal hearty lunch. During the day you’ll find mostly
hungry shoppers, while in the evening middle-aged
gentlemen come here for the affordable, daily changing
Dish of the Day.QC‑2, Hinthamerpromenade 17-19, tel.
(+31) 736 12 09 04, Open 10:00 - 22:00.
(€6 - 10). J­K
‘t Pantoffeltje
The holy water basin behind the bar and three church
bells with pulleys certainly make you feel like you’re actually in a church and not a quirky pub. Thankfully the collection of old slippers above the bar prove the contrary,
even though bottles of spirits are stored in something that
looks a bit like a confessional. The bar is usually frequented
by people in their twenties and thirties who flirt with one
another to popular music in this most ‘sacred’ or sacrilegious of places.QC‑3, Korte Putstraat 11, tel. (+31) 736
13 06 27, Open 16:00 - 02:00, Fri
16:00 - 03:00, Sat 13:00 - 03:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. Closed
Tue. J­B

Club Cinq
Cinq is the most prestigious dance club in the city. The elevated DJ booth and the illuminated mirror bar are the first
things to catch your eye here, but at night you’ll be swept
away by a tide of young people, many of them non-locals,
who gather on and around the colourfully-lit dance floor
where R&B beats prevail. Thanks to some full length mirrors in the ladies’ toilet cubicles, women spend ages dolling
themselves up out of sight, so if you’re wondering where
the women are, they’re probably at the restrooms.QD‑3,
Parade 5, tel. (+31) 736 14 06 86, Open
10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00. J­E­B­K­X
One of the latest additions to the town’s nightlife scene:
this club knows how to attract the young and beautiful.
Dance music seems to be the main attraction, but sushi
and lots of cool, colourful cocktails are are also major
draws.QC‑2, Karrenstraat 10, tel. (+31) 629 53 34 43, Open Thu 22:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat
22:00 - 04:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. J­G
2016 / 2017


Live music

Pool & Billiards

At first glance this bar seems to consist of just a few tables
outside and a door that looks like it leads nowhere. Pass
through it and you’ll be shocked to discover a large, cavernous room with an unpolished wooden bar. In fact, P79
is one of the most alternative bars in Den Bosch. It offers
live music and and an extensive beer menu, not to mention a frozen Heineken tap. At the door you can also find
a list with what kind of music the DJ is playing. Bring earplugs, cause the music can be very loud.QC‑2, Markt 79,
tel. (+31) 738 51 04 48, Open 22:00 - 04:00,
Sun 17:00 - 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed. J­E

De Dieze
If you’ve ever seen that film with Paul Newman and Tom
Cruise The Color of Money or you know who Minnesota
Fats was then you’ll feel right at home in this relaxed pool
hall where you can show off your skills since 1988 at 10
snooker, 16 pool and 4 billiard tables.QH‑7, Werfpad 5,
tel. (+31) 736 12 50 38, Open 14:00
- 24:00, Mon 17:00 - 24:00, Fri 14:00 - 01:00, Sat 13:00 01:00, Sun 13:00 - 24:00. J

Bar le Duc
In addition to the 12 different types of draught beer served
at Bar le Duc, you can also choose from five freshly brewed
local beers that are pumped in directly from its neighbour,
De Stadsbrouwerij (the city brewery). To see how these are
brewed, you can take an indoor shortcut to get a guided
tour or a beer presentation.QC‑2, Korenbrugstraat 5-7,
tel. (+31) 736 13 69 15, Open
11:00 - 02:00, Mon 13:30 - 02:00, Sun 12:00 - 02:00.

Out of town
De Pub
Inside it’s decorated with plenty of memorabilia but mind
your Ps and Qs or risk adding your name a face to the
dreaded Wall of Shame that records all of the punters who
couldn’t hold their liquor.QL‑14, Waaldijk 1, Rossum, tel.
(+31) 418 66 42 23, Open 16:00 - 01:00,
Fri, Sat 16:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 01:00. Closed Mon, Tue.

a farewell to pints
Unless you’re at an Irish pub or
sports bar where you can get a
proper pint or half liter mug, beer
glasses in the Netherlands tend
to come in dainty sizes more
suitable for children or ladies
who lunch. This does take some
getting used to. A man of 6ft and
over holding a 0.25l glass of beer does look (how to put
it diplomatically?) a little effeminate. Back home in England, Ireland, America or wherever, if your mates spotted you drinking from such a puny glass, you’d probably feel like your sister just caught you trying on one of
her dresses, but in Den Bosch even longshoremen and
street tuffs swill their brews from these miniature tea
set receptacles. Relax. You’re in Holland now.
24 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Buurt, a Dutch word that refers to one’s neighbourhood,
or hood, is also one of the latest additions to the city’s already crowded pub scene. This cosy bar might be a bit of a
hike from Den Bosch’s touristy area, but it’s worth the extra
ten-minute walk to reach this inviting venue. The delicious
flapjacks are a great way to start the day, while the homemade pizzas are perfect for lunch or dinner. Wash it down
with one of three tasty draught beers or dozens more options in bottles.QB‑3, Koningsweg 100, tel. (+31) 737 50
58 36, Open 08:30 - 24:00, Sat, Sun
10:00 - 24:00. A­U­G­B­K­X­W
Hotel Terminus Folk Pub
Terminus, which doesn’t even try to be trendy, is perhaps
the most lively place in town. It’s decorated in a seemingly chaotic manner with everything from beer steins
to wooden fences. The Folk Pub also has a Wild West feel
complete with diehard barflies and wooden furniture. But
don’t expect to see Clint Eastwood sipping a pint, as you’re
more likely to sit and chat with a local hippy singing the
praises of this popular bar. Despite its rugged look, the
bar area is clean and the bathrooms are spotless.QB‑2,
Boschveldweg 15, tel. (+31) 736 13 06 66, Open 16:30 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 14:00 - 02:00,
Sun 14:00 - 20:00. Closed Mon. J­A­L­B­X
One of Britain’s youngest breweries had the courage to
open its first establishment outside the UK in Den Bosch
of all places. Thornbridge should be on every beer drinker’s
itinerary as its extensive beer list is impressive and all of the
tasty brews can be enjoyed in a stylish pub. If the menu
looks a little daunting, just ask the qualified staff for the
perfect lager or IPA. English-style snacks like fish & chips are
also available, but the full English breakfast is only served
on Sundays.QB‑2, Koninginnenlaan 28-30, tel. (+31) 631
65 88 33, Open 13:00 - 02:00, Mon,
Tue 15:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 02:00. J­E­N­G­X­W


Sports bars
The Legends Sportsbar
The Legend Sports Bar has become an expat favourite.
With a classic sports interior and six flat screen TVs showing live sports, this is exactly the bar ‘s-Hertogenbosch has
been waiting for. Thirsty football, soccer, baseball, formula
one and other fans will be happy to know that they can
order a wide variety of foreign and domestic beers on
draught while watching their favourite sport. The affordable food menu isn’t what one would call extensive, but
the juicy chicken wings and sate with toast are well worth
trying.QC‑2, Snellestraat 50, tel. (+31) 736 12 67 54, Open 19:00 - 02:00,
Fri 19:00 - 04:00, Sat 13:30 - 04:00, Sun 13:00 - 02:00.
Closed Mon. J

Student clubs
Tweekeerbellen is simply paradise on earth for local
students. This renowned student pub is open almost
every day of the week, except the days when most of
them are washing their laundry and asking their parents for more money. The ceiling is plastered with modern art: in particular, a collection of hundreds of public
transport passes, which Dutch students received as
part of a government grant. The interior is simple and
red and almost nothing is fragile: completely studentproof. Cheap beer.QC‑2, Snellestraat 46, tel. (+31)
736 14 49 99, Open 20:00
- 02:00, Fri 16:00 - 04:00, Sat 21:00 - 04:00. Closed
Mon, Sun. J­N ­G

Wine bars
Bij Dirk
It took a while for Den Bosch to get a decent wine bar,
but Bij Dirk was worth the wait. Located right next to
the city’s most renowned museum, this bar not surprisingly attracts a lot of refined customers who might
just need a drink after observing Mr. Bosch’s disturbing vision’s of perdition. The interior offers an attractive mix of historical details and modern elements
and a great variety of wines are available here, not to
mention tasty snacks including the spicy homemade
sausage.QC‑3, Verwerstraat 55, tel. (+31) 651 64
51 72, Open 16:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat
16:00 - 02:00, Sun 16:00 - 21:00. Closed Mon, Tue.
P­J ­A ­G ­X ­W

‘s-Hertogenbosch features a very standard, yet decent
selection of coffeeshops which currently respect the
letter of the law concerning what they can and can’t
sell and to whom. Unlike similar establishments in Amsterdam, many coffeeshops here seem to encourage
people to buy, roll and then leave. Only four of the six
(licensed) coffeeshops are currently allowed to operate,
with a gram of weed costing average around ten Euro.
Really out of the way, this coffeeshop caters much
more to local tastes. Better decorated than most in
Den Bosch, it’s feasible to submit one’s self into the
trippiness of it all, with shiny ceiling, seahorses, fish
and lizards on the wall, many real plants, pictures of
Jamaican cannabis plantations and giant, almost realistic Rastafarians standing around the place.QF‑7,
Oude Engelenseweg 22F. Open 10:30 - 24:00. X­S
Although prices are not given per gram, a good selection of weed and hash can be found here. For
those more adventurous and/or tobacco-free weed/
hash smoking readers, a vaporizer and various bongs
are available for use. The smoking room at the back
features nice lighting, plain but colourful tables and
cushions, as well as colourful candles.QD‑2, Hin‑
thamerstraat 104, tel. (+31) 736 12 45 84. Open
10:00 - 01:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 02:00. J­­X­S
The Grass Company Emmaplein
This busy coffeeshop features one of the most complete décors in Den Bosch featuring red walls and
dark wood furnishings. Large windows provide loads
of light and the place has a generally clean feel to it.
The lack of sofas and nice seating areas should be
noted, but this is compensated by the large selection
of weed and hash, smoking paraphernalia and the variety of drinks. Cheap tostis can be found here, making this the ideal place if you get the munchies after
toking!QB‑1, Emmaplein 24, tel. (+31) 736 14 96 43, Open 10:00 - 24:00. X
The Grass Company Maastrichtseweg
Located within a large building, this coffeeshop has all
the usual high grade products from The Grass Company chain, as well as large seating areas featuring views
of the canal for boat watching and are a change from
the usual cave-like darkness at standard coffeeshops.
Friendly staff, a large selection of bar-coded weed/
hash and good music more than compensate for its
location out of town. Toasties are also sold for that
after-smoke munchie.QJ‑9, Maastrichtseweg 70,
tel. (+31) 736 10 08 25,
Open 10:00 - 24:00. X­S
2016 / 2017



Groenhoven Cemetery

Den Bosch is the largest walled city in the Netherlands and
its medieval centre is an attraction in itself. Most of the city’s
best sights - its wharves, churches and monuments - are
concentrated in a relatively small area that makes up the
old town, which means that a full day and a good pair of
walking shoes is all you need to cover most of the main
attractions. However, with inviting cafés every few metres,
a couple of large parks perfect for aimless wandering and
lots of photogenic old buildings, you could spend the better part of a week exploring and still find something new
around every corner.

De Witte Sieb
Since the summer of 2015, De Witte Sieb has been available right in the heart of Siberia, one of the more legendary local areas of town. Unfortunately, a translation of the
name won’t be forthcoming as there are some things you
just don’t want to mess with and locals should have at
least a few secrets. On the banks of the River Dieze you’ll
find a small pavilion for Den Bosch’s hungry and thirsty
city dwellers. It’s open from sunrise to sunset, but bear in
mind that no swimming is allowed here due to strong currents and a great number of passing ships.QDieze, www.

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
I Casino

I Fireplace

V Home delivery

E Live music

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pets allowed

X Smoking section

S Takeaway

W Wifi

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Boat tours
There are many ways to see this beautiful city. Our favourite
is by boat. Although there are many different routes on two
different rivers (Binnendieze and Dommel), just choose the
one that suits your taste the best. Arrange your tickets in
advance, as demand is often much higher than the supply
of boats. The season on the Binnendieze starts around April
and ends on October 31, while the bigger River Dommel
has less restrictions.
Kring Vrienden
With 16 boats and roughly 125 trips to choose from each
week, this is by far the biggest canal tour company in Den
Bosch. Just check out its website to
find the tour that suits you best. We highly recommend t​he
Historic boat trip and the Jeroen Bosch Heaven and Hell
boat trip which takes you along 24 life size statues of the
famous painter.QD‑3, Parade 12, tel. (+31) 736 13 50 98, Open 10:00 - 17:00, Mon 13:30 - 17:00,
Sun 11:00 - 17:00. Admission: adults €8, children €4. T­J
Rederij Kuipers (Zoete Lieve Gerritje)
Four days a week this boat dating from 1920 offers four
daily boat tours. The route passes the fortifications along
the rivers Dommel and Aa. A total of 60 seats are available,
20 on deck. Tickets can be purchased on board.QSmalle
Haven, tel. (+31) 640 36 43 96,
Tours at 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 & 16:00. No tours Mon - Wed.
Tickets: €9.
Rederij Wolthuis
Wolthuis owns three boats and has around 25 departures a week, mainly in the beautiful surroundings of Den
Bosch.QK‑10, Leunweg 17, tel. (+31) 736 31 20 48, www. Boats leave four times per day at
12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30 hours. In May, September
and October there are departures on Wednesday, Sat‑
urday and Sunday. In June, July and August boats leave
every day, except Mondays. Adults: €9, children (below
12 yers) and 65+ pay €7.50. T­J­U­G­B­X

Buildings & Squares


Once upon a time Den Bosch boasted over four miles of
defensive walls. Wind mills, cannons and sturdy towers
were all part and parcel of these historic bastions. Despite
the fact that most of them have disappeared, the city is
still proud of its architectural and military past. One of the
best spots to see and experience this rich history is the
Bastionder where you can see a lovely city park with possibly the best view of Den Bosch over the Bossche Broek.
The underground information centre offers visitors information about the military history of the city across the
centuries.QC‑3, Bastion Oranje 1, tel. (+31) 736 14 99 86, T­J

St. Catharina
Almost 150 years ago, architect Jan Stuyt was deeply
inspired by the Hagia Sophia on a trip to Istanbul, then
Constantinople, and this gorgeous domed church,
completed in 1917, is the result. Although a church
has stood on the same spot since the 16th century, St.
Catherine’s Church is something completely unique
to the city. Its colourful dome has a diameter of 22
metres and depicts the so-called Eight Glories and
the Three Remaining Glories painted by artist Jan
Oosterman. Every corner of the Kruisherenkerk (as it
is known colloquially) is adorned with big wooden
statues known as the choir of angels.QC‑3, Kruisbro‑
edershof. J­L

De Moriaan
Roughly half a century ago, De
Moriaan, the oldest brick house in
the Netherlands, was almost torn
down. Today, the inhabitants of ‘sHertogenbosch are proud to have
this unique building within their city
limits. The Gothic house with large
rooms and a small round tower is
located right in the heart of the city at the Markt. De Moriaan is the most complete example of a large brick hall in
‘s-Hertogenbosch, which dates back to the beginning of
the 13th century. De Moriaan now houses the city’s tourist
information centre and a small lunchroom.QMarkt.
But hundreds of years ago this square was already an important meeting place in the city. Where you now see a
posh barrister’s offices, there used to be the Reformed Orphanage, where boys learnt to become carpenters. In fact,
they kept themselves busy by building coffins because
the Parade was also the location of many executions. Back
then, if you were rich enough, you could avoid a public
hanging from the gallows and instead be drowned in a
large indoor cask. Today the borders of the Parade are
flanked by important buildings such as St. John’s Cathedral, the Theatre on the Parade and the residency
and office of Bishop Hurkmans. In the summer it’s also a
great place to enjoy outdoor cafés, pubs and restaurants.
QD‑2/3, Parade.
The Citadel (De Citadel)
The Citadel is a magnificent 17th-century structure. In
1637 this pentagonal fortification with ramparts was built
at a strategic point where the rivers Aa and Dommel flow
into the Dieze. The Citadel’s nickname, De Papenbril (The
Papist Glasses), is due to the fact that the building was created to keep an eye on the Catholics of Den Bosch, who
were still loyal to the former ruler of the area, the King of
Spain. So the canons were not only aimed at the enemy,
but also at the town’s own inhabitants! The view of the city
from the walls is brilliant and you can almost feel its rich
history come to life.QC‑1, Zuid Willemsvaart 2.
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St. John’s Cathedral (Sint Jan)
In about 1220 a little Romanesque church dedicated to
the evangelist St. John was built just outside the city
walls of ’s-Hertogenbosch. By 1380 the church was too
small and a larger Gothic version of St John’s church was
built in its place with a choir aisle and the radiating chapels. Over the years the 115m long and 62m wide building has been decorated both inside and out with about
600 statues. The most famous of these is the sculpture
of Our Sweet Blessed Lady. Throughout the years the
church was embellished with numerous works of art
including the beautifully carved wooden choir stalls
and the sixteenth century pulpit. The construction of
the church reached its completion in 1530.QD‑2, To‑
renstraat 16, tel. (+31) 736 81 49 33,
Open 10:00 - 17:00. T­J ­U ­G

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
In a stylish complex - a former
church and its annexes - the life,
ideas, and works of this religious
artist are presented in various
ways. Even 500 years later, Hieronymus Bosch, who lived from
around 1450 to 1516 fires one’s
imagination. Was he a member of
a heretical sect or was he just very
religious? In any event, his paintings are about the permanent battle between good and evil, heaven and hell.
Unique is also that this collection is not only challenging you to look at the man’s art, but also makes you
think about his intentions. Real-size reproductions of
all his paintings are since 2007 exhibited in the gallery
chambers and in the tower. A 15th-century studio has
also been furnished in the basement and a film about
Bosch’s life is periodically shown on the ground floor.
QD‑2, Jeroen Boschplein 2, tel. (+31) 736 12 68 90, Open 11:00 17:30, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 17:30. Closed Mon. Admission:
adults €6, children €3. T­J ­A ­U ­L ­K

Visit the
Jheronimus Bosch
Art Center

In a stylish complex – a former church
and its annexes – the life, ideas, and
works of Jheronimus Bosch are presented
in various ways. The paintings of this
medieval painter illustrate the permanent
battle between good and evil, heaven and

Jheronimus Bosch Art Center
Jeroen Boschplein 2
5211 ML ’s-Hertogenbosch
+0(31)73 - 612 68 90

The exhibition consists of:
• real-size reproductions of his oeuvre;
• a unique series of tapestries depicting
details from Bosch;
• an astronomical clock of ten meters,
adorned with scenes of automated
figures depicting the adoration of the
Magi and a spectacular display of the
Last Judgement;
• a reconstructed atmospheric 15th
century workshop;
• Panoramic view of the city from the
40 meters high tower by elevator;
• museum shop and

Opening hours
April 1 – October 31:
Tue - Fri 11.00 - 17.30 / Sat-Sun 12.00 - 17.30
November 1 - March 31:
Tue - Sun 12.00 - 17.00
Admission: adults € 7,- children € 3,Please check the irregular opening hours on
our website.

Noordbrabants Museum
The building by itself – a former Jesuit college and
later the city palace – is reason enough to visit the
North Brabant Museum. The building houses several
permanent collections such as From Brueghel to Van
Gogh (a collection of paintings from old masters from
the south of the Netherlands), information about local
fortifications, floral still life paintings, and The World
of Hieronymus Bosch, which, if you’ll forgive the pun,
paints a portrait of the city’s most remarkable native son.
QC‑3, Verwersstraat 41, tel. (+31) 736 87 78 77, www. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed
Mon. Entrance €12, combined ticket with Stedelijk
Museum €15. J­B ­K
Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum
The carnival festivities in Oeteldonk, which is the name
given to ‘s-Hertogenbosch during carnival, are more
than mere celebrations. The yearly feasts, which date
back to 1882, even have their own museum! The friendly
Oeteldonks Gemintemuzejum is since 2001 housed in the
renovated gateway building of the medieval Sisters of
Orthen Convent. It enjoys an idyllic location in the shade
of St. John’s. Visitors to the museum are introduced to anything and everything that has to do with the carnival including masks, costumes, promotion materials, weapons
and shields and its highlight, a 3m-tall Peruvian hat.QD‑2,
Zusters van Orthenpoort 27, tel. (+31) 736 13 01 99, Open 13:11 - 17:11. Closed
Mon. Admission: adults €5, children €2.50. T­J­G
Stedelijk Museum
The Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch has finally at
last sufficient space for the museum’s unique ceramic
and jewellery collections. This museum of contemporary art arose from the city’s art school. On regular basis
there’s a new exhibition in the field of visual arts and
design, from photography and film to sculpture and
ceramics. This brand new museum with three storeys
is interactive and lots of workshops for children.QC‑3,
Verwerstraat 41, tel. (+31) 736 27 36 80,
nl. Open 11:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Ticket €7, combiticket with entrance to the Noord-Brabants Museum
€15. T­J ­H ­A ­U ­L ­B ­K ­W

St. John’s Cathedral and the Parade

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Zwanenbroedershuis Museum (Swan
Brethren House Museum)
The stately building on the Hinthamerstraat certainly
catches one’s attention. The Swan Brethen House, the domicile of the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Blessed Lady,
came into being in 1847. Apart from the rich history of
the brotherhood, which dates back to 1318, you can also
admire many valuable objects related to the this organisation, including unique 15th- and 16th-century sheet
music, wood carvings and William of Orange’s drinking
goblet. Almost 2200 people have been a member sinds
the 14th century.QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat 94, tel. (+31)
736 13 73 83, Open
13:30 - 16:30. Closed Mon, Fri, Sat. Admission: €5, chil‑
dren €2.50. J­B

Parks & Cemeteries
Beatrix Park
Located on Kooikersweg, this park is the largest open natural space in the Kruiskamp district, but that’s not saying
much. It was created in the 1970s and is named after the
current Dutch queen. It’s a beautiful, albeit small, rectangular park in the middle of suburbia and a watercourse divides the park and drains into a little pond that’s adorned
with a sculpture of Felix van der Linden. Walk on footpaths
flanked by trees and shrubs or sit down in the garden with
Begraafplaats Groenendaal
Although Den Bosch doesn’t boast a world famous cemetery like the Père Lachaise in Paris, the 12-hectare large
Groenendaal cemetery is definitely worth a visit. Since
1858 a large number of dignitaries from Den Bosch have
made it their final resting place. Designed to look like a
public garden, it houses many tombs, special graves and
architectural masterpieces like the neo-Gothic bishop’s
chapel from 1882. You can reach Groenendaal by taking
bus No.73, 165 or 166 to Orthen from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Central Station.QK‑10, Herven 1, tel. (+31) 736 41
03 63, Open 08:00
- 17:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 17:00. T­U­L­B

Places of interest
Bosch by Night
Until the end of 2016 you can experience the unusual
world of renowned medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch
by visiting the Markt after sunset. ​‘Bosch by Night’ tells
the tale of this inspired artist in a colourful 12-minute light
show that’s projected onto five walls and buildings of the
city’s market square. Images and sound will help you delve
into this important native son’s life, visions and work. We
especially loved the scary Great Fire of 1463, which must
have influenced the mind of Bosch for the rest of his life.
QC‑2, Markt, Shows can be seen on
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 21:30 or 22:00 (de‑
pending on the time of sunsets). In October it begins at
20:15; November & December at 18:00. J

De Bossche Draak
The Dragon Fountain is the most famous monument in
the city. It was erected in 1903 as a drinking fountain, but
never served this function.The statue was built in memory
of the twin daughters of a local esquire who both died
tragically in 1881 at the age of only 17. In 1959 one of
the city’s busiest roads was constructed beneath the impressive fountain. Den Boschers who are known to have
an irreverent sense of humour and, some might say, big
mouths often call the famous Dragon a ‘Statue in honour
of Mothers-in-Law’.QB‑2, Stationsplein. J
Stadhuis (City Hall)
Despite the fact that the gothic city hall dating back to 1629
is still in full use as the office of the mayor and senior civil
servants, it’s still possible to visit a part of this magnificent
historical building. Once inside, the marble floors and superb tapestries adorned with chivalrous knights and virgins
are bound to impress. Genuine cannons, wood carvings
and statues complement the impressive interior of the hall.
The so-called wedding room with its gold leather wallpaper, stained-glass windows and enormous chandeliers is a
must see. Kring Vrienden van ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the only
organisation which is allowed to give guided tours, frustratingly, tours are only in Dutch every Wednesday at 15:00 and
Saturdays at 13:00 and take about 90 minutes. For tickets
call tel. (+31) 736 13 50 98, or go to the service desk at the
Parade 23 (open 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00, Mon
13:30 - 17:00).QC‑2, Markt 1. Admission: €4.
St. John’s Bell Tower
The bell tower is attached to one of Holland’s most famous
cathedrals. As you begin your ascent to the top, each floor
will reveal another part of the cathedral’s evolution from
Romanesque to Gothic. Higher up you can also take a look
at the intricate system that operates the tower’s 68 bells. It
seems there’s an unending system of wires, ropes, pulleys
and countermeasures. Although it’s now run by small motors, the system is still impressive and the work that must
have gone into running it manually hundreds years ago
must have been staggering. Once at the top 43m above
the ground you’re finally rewarded with a great view of the
city. The tour is in Dutch but the whole climb is worth the
effort anyway.QD‑2, Torenstraat 16, tel. (+31) 736 13 50
98, Open 13:30 - 15:00. Closed
Mon. Admission: adults €4, children €2. J­N
In its heyday, they produced biscuits in the Verkadefabriek.
Now they produce the arts: drama, dance and film, mostly.
The biscuits have gone but you can still enjoy great food
and drink here. In fact, this stylish rebuilt factory is one of
the best places to go out in the city. You can eat a delicious
lunch or dinner or just a generous plate of assorted snacks.
A large number of art house films are screened here and
the cinema even shows a premiere every week. The theatre
and dance shows are innovative, but definitely modern.
QB‑1, Boschdijkstraat 45, tel. (+31) 736 81 81 50, www. Open 09:00 - 22:00. T­J­B­K­X

A cannon stands guard over the Bossche Broek


Sightseeing tours
A Wondrous Climb (Een wonderlijke klim)
Illustrious painter Jeroen Bosch was still alive and kicking
five centuries ago when the 96 sculptures seen today were
placed atop the Gothic St. John’s church. The grandeur of
the city’s most attractive structure can now be experienced
with this guided tour entitled ‘A Wondrous Climb’. Usually,
the roof of the Catholic church is off-limits to visitors, so
make sure you reserve a ticket for this once-in-a-lifetimeexperience. At a height of 25m you’ll be amazed by the sight
of huge dragons, musicians, gargoyles and mythical creatures that only exist in our imagination. Once on top, the total walk is only 50m.QD‑2, Parade, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, tel.
(+31) 736 13 50 98, Open 10:30
- 17:00, Mon 13:30 - 17:00. ​Open March 5 - October 30.
Admission: €7. T­J­A­U
City Tours
One of the most entertaining (and relaxing) ways to discover Den Bosch is to book a guided tour with City Tours.
In either 60 or 90 minutes, its passionate and qualified
guide will drive you around all of the Old Town’s hotspots
and hidden gems, sharing his knowledge as well as amusing anecdotes along the way. You can reserve a place
aboard this comfortable vintage VW minibus for only
€9.Qtel. (+31) 624 94 46 82,

one city, two names
If you’re wondering why the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch
seems to have a second name (Den Bosch) it’s rather
complicated. In common practice people often refer
to ‘s-Hertogenbosch as Den Bosch. You may think that
the longer name is probably older, but the opposite is
true. Interestingly, the longer name of The Hague (Den
Haag in Dutch) is ‘s-Gravenhage, but the city’s common name is in official use, and you’ll find it on traffic
signs and maps. But ‘s-Hertogenbosch is a completely
different story. It’s only official name is ‘s-Hertogenbosch, period. Den Bosch, literally The Wood, and its
alter ego ‘s-Hertogenbosch often cause trouble with
alphabetical lists and you’ll come across both city
names in this guide and in the city streets.
2016 / 2017



Modern angel

De Kleine Beer (The Little Bear)
Between the two inner city cafés Die Twee and Spoon,
you’ll find one of ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s best kept secrets.
The colourful statue of the Virgin Mary is for many locals a
refuge in hectic times and its chapel offers a serene interior with a few flowers and candles. Despite the fact that
the statue is situated in a spacious niche on the busy Lepelstraat, many (mostly elderly) Den Boschers find peace
and tranquillity here. It’s often referred to as The Little Bear,
because it was discovered in 1825 in a distillery (currently
the ABN Amro building) which was called The Great Bear.
It also served as a gathering point for the devout during
the 1866 cholera epidemic when the townspeople were
prohibited from entering St John’s Cathedral to pray.QC‑2,
Lepelstraat 31b. J
Hieronymus Bosch Statue
Painter Hieronymus Bosch (1450 - 1516) is the most famous
person to have ever lived in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, with perhaps the exception of football star Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Since 1930 the city has honoured its internationally renowned son with a beautiful bronze statue, right in the
city centre. The statue, which is several metres high, stands
on a beautiful stone pedestal right in front of the house
where he spend his childhood: De Kleine Winst. Sculptor
August Falise created the statue in 1929, based on a drawing which historians believe depicts the real Hieronymus
Bosch.QC‑2, Markt.
Zoete Lieve Gerritje
Are they singing about a woman? Or maybe a man? There
are even some local historians who claim that the famous
Dutch song Zoete Lieve Gerritje is about a cow. Composed in 1875, the song relates a story about a journey
to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch market, as well as a story about
drinking brandy. At least this much is known and historically acknowledged. In 1953, the director of the tourist
information office saw enough ammunition in this song
to give the city a new image and thus reintroduced this
well-known folk character. Since 1958, a stone statue (of
a female figure) stands on a brick base at the corner of
Lepelstraat and Korenbrugstraat.QC‑2, Lepelstraat / Ko‑

Camp Vught is a stark reminder of the past

32 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Ruud Strobbe

Hundreds of beautiful
sculptures can be found on
St. John’s Cathedral depicting all sorts of heavenly or
hellish scenes. Recently the
largest of the seven cathedrals in the Netherlands was
graced with another unique
sculpture. Artist Ton Mooij
received a commission
from the church council to
design a modern angel. His creative mind led him to
create a contemporary angel who has a direct connection to God. You see the angel is, well... on the phone.
Admittedly it’s an obsolete pre-war model, but still
quite unusual. The angel was given a spot with an excellent view (not to mention great reception) in a chair
on a flying buttress on the south side of the 500-yearold house of worship. Whether the phone has a payas-you-go or a pay-monthly arrangement has not yet
been disclosed.

Museums: Out of town
Museum of Religious Art
The old wings of this abbey have been renovated for use
as the Museum of Religious Art. The small, yet impressive
museum houses a large number of medieval sculptures,
a group of extremely rare monstrances dated to around
1500, a large collection of devotional objects and numerous documents illustrating the history of the abbey and
the region. The collections of icons and modern religious
art are exceptional.QVorstenburg 1, Uden, tel. (+31) 413
26 34 31, Open
10:00 - 17:00, Sat, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon. Admis‑
sion: €5. T­U­L­G
Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught
For more than 25 years a small part of this former SS concentration camp houses the Camp Vught National Memorial. The museum is spread out over several buildings and
outdoor areas. The combined memorial centre and museum features various exhibitions, a memorial room and
wall of reflection. The crematorium, the rebuilt barrack and
the monument to to the camp’s child victim’s are especially
moving. A model of the camp, made of natural stone, shows
the extensive size of the camp and the many buildings it included.QK‑11, Lunettenlaan 600, Vught, tel. (+31) 736 56
67 64, Open 10:00 - 17:00, Sat,
Sun 12:00 - 17:00. Closed Monday (October - March). Take
a train, taxi or local bus No. 203 from ’s-Hertogenbosch
Central Station to the Lunettenlaan stop. Admission:
adults €6, children (10 - 17 years) €3. Family ticket: €15
(max. 2 adults & 3 children). Every first Wednesday of the
month free admission. The museum is open on Mondays
in July and August (12:00 - 17:00). T­H­U­L­N­G

Camp Vught National Memorial (Nationaal
Monument Kamp Vught) is established on
a part of the site of the former
concentration camp.

Photo: Paul Jespers

Photo: Paul Jespers

Photo: Paul Jespers

Lunettenlaan 60 | 5263 NT Vught | +31 (0)73 656 67 64 |
(Dutch-language) guided tour on Sundays at 14:00 – for dates see
(Dutch-language) guided tour on Sundays in July & August, 12:00 + 13:30, reservation necessary.
Audio tour €2.00 (Dutch, English & German)
ENTRANCE FEE: Adults €6.00; children 10 – 17 €3.00; family ticket (max. 2 adults & 3 children) €15.00

From April until September open on Mondays from 10:00 to 17:00


Den Bosch was
voted the nation’s
best shopping city by
the Dutch people

‘s-Hertogenbosch’s appeal as a shopping town stems from
its charming streets, which make the retail experience that
much more memorable. You’ll find the big international
brands here, but if we had to pick one type of shop that’s
indicative of the city it would have to be its many unique
clothing boutiques. Shops are usually open from Monday to
Saturday, but on Sundays they have limited opening hours.

AKO Bruna
Conveniently located at the central train station, it offers
a good selection of international newspapers, magazines
and books.QB‑2, Stationsplein 157, tel. (+31) 736 13
39 29, Open 07:00 - 20:00, Thu 07:00 21:30, Sat 08:30 - 18:30, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. J­U
Boekhandel Liber Amicorum
Specialises in English and Dutch literature and poetry.
QD‑2, St. Josephstraat 14, tel. (+31) 736 12 20 02, www. Open 11:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00
- 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. T­J

Het Koetshuysch
This chain of cheese shops specialises in Dutch cheesesbut also sells imported French, Italian and Swiss cheeses.
QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat 150, tel. (+31) 736 13 05 40, Open Thu, Fri 09:00 - 18:00, Sat
09:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun. T­J

Erotic Gear
On Top of Love
This is the best address for sexy lingerie (up to and including size 56!), vibrators, fragrant massage oils and fun, affordable gadgets. Don’t be afraid to visit the exciting cellar.QC‑2, Kruisstraat 21A, tel. (+31) 736 10 00 11, www. Open 10:00 - 19:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00,
Sat 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Mon, Sun. J
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Ethnic food & Delis
Keurslagerij Pieter Verhoeven
Discover traditional regional Dutch recipes at this excellent delicatessen owned by Pieter Verhoeven, a renowned
European Butcher Champion. He also makes his own
sausages.QHelftheuvelpassage 232, www.verhoeven. Open 09:00 - 18:00, Fri 09:00 - 21:00, Sat
09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. T­S

Since its founding in 1989, G-Star’s philosophy has been:
Just the Product. This single-minded approach has led
to a wide range of products, for both men and women
and this well-stocked store has everything you might
want from jeans to jackets. Naturally, T-shirts with a twist
and a great selection of shoes are also available and the
friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you
find the perfect fit.QC‑2, Visstraat 18, tel. (+31) 738 88
54 67, Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 12:00
- 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 17:00. P­J­U
Outfit by Ninke
This stylish fashion shop is run by Ninke who offers her
own special style for mature women.QC‑3, Verwerstraat
60, tel. (+31) 736 89 14 52, Open 10:00 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.
Ulla Popken
This is the place to go for women’s wear and a wider range
of sizes than at most other shops.QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat
59-61, tel. (+31) 736 13 02 70, Open
09:30 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat
09:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Games & Toys
Speelgoedwinkel Otten
If you appreciate good old-fashioned toys this is the place
to make any child happy.QNieuwstraat 16, tel. (+31) 736
13 45 98, J­A


Shopping centres

De Bossche Markt
This weekly Saturday market is a favourite of the residents of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and has existed for over
900 years. You can find almost anything from fruit and
vegetables to meat, bread, flowers and even fashion accessories. Don’t be alarmed if one of the traders starts
yelling at you. He’s probably just offering you a small
bite of the goods on sale at his stall.QC‑2, Markt, www. Open Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun. J

De Arena
Since 1998 Arena has been one of the city’s best shopping
centres, probably due to the fact that it’s so close to the old
city.QC‑2, Arena, Open 09:30
- 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00, Thu 09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 17:00. Closed Sun. T­J­A­6­U­L­B­K­X­S­W

Music shops
Allround Beat & Culture Discs
Old rockers never die, they just come to this place to buy
old Jimi Hendrix albums, or the newest one from Neil
Young on CD! More then 3,000 mainly used albums and
some singles are on sale at this music-lovers’ paradise.
QE‑2, Hinthamereinde 71, tel. (+31) 736 14 77 27. Open
16:00 - 20:00. Closed Sun.

Secondhand shops
While the women search for second hand clothing and
jewellery, men can browse through the old books, magazines albums in the other corner.QC‑2, Stoofstraat 14, tel.
(+31) 736 89 44 62,

Albert Heijn
The biggest and most prestigious Dutch supermarket
brand in the Netherlands has outlets everywhere including the ground floor of this shopping centre.QC‑2, Arena
16, tel. (+31) 736 13 05 55, Open 08:00 20:00, Thu 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sun. T­J­A­U­V

Vape Shops
UNO ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Despite its small set up, this store sells an amazing variety
of products and even has a couple of chairs where you
can enjoy your purchase on the premises. This modern,
handy and portable version of a good old hookah fits
in your pocket and doesn’t require a lighter. With more
than a dozen different flavours to choose from, it’s easy to
smoke something new every day.QC‑2, Kruisstraat 21a,
tel. (+31) 736 90 71 42, Open 10:00 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon.

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Stay healthy with a stroll around the Bosche Broek

Health & Lifestyle

Find a good doctor or dentist on the following pages or
search for the ideal day spa.

Boat rental
Van Zeelst Sloepenverhuur
Tours around the beautiful waterways surrounding ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Take bus No.166 to Uithovensestraat (Hedel).
QHedel, Ammerzodenseweg 36, tel. (+31) 642 32 32 22.

Bowling en Partycentrum Maaspoort
Take advantage of 17 bowling lanes, lots of games and a
modern bar/restaurant area.Q0‑15, Marathonloop 3, tel.
(+31) 736 41 16 65, Open 13:00 24:00, Mon 16:00 - 23:00. P­T­U­L­G­K­W

Chocolate workshops
Choco Loca
Choco Loca provides workshops featuring the loveliest of
sweets, namely chocolate. It’s a fun and tasty day out for
groups.QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat 216, tel. (+31) 612 97 70

De Zevenhont
Experienced English-speaking staff ply their trade at this
modern clinic that specialises in dentures.QZevenhont‑
seweg 5, tel. (+31) 736 41 77 22,
Open 08:00 - 17:00, Fri 08:00 - 12:30. Closed Sat, Sun.

Centrale huisartsenpost
If you’re in urgent need of a doctor, this clinic can help.QK‑9,
Rijnstraat 4, tel. (+31) 900 88 60, Open 17:00 - 08:00, Sat, Sun 24hrs. U
36 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Burggolf Haverleij
Enjoy a two-storey driving range, an 18-hole course, a practice range, putting green and an army of golf carts. The large
restaurant and terrace are also worth a visit.QLeunweg 40,
tel. (+31) 736 39 01 01, Open
08:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 20:00. K

Hairdressers & Barbers
Ricky’s Barber en Shop
Men with beards can entrust their pride and joy to Ricky
and his professional staff who employ age-old, traditional
methods at this stylish barbershop. We especially loved
the fact that all cuts or trims are accompanied by a cold
beer or freshly prepared coffee, if that’s your thing.QD‑2,
Hinthamerstraat 158, tel. (+31) 633 66 65 83, www. Open Tue, Thu 08:30 - 21:00,
Wed, Fri 08:30 - 18:00, Sat 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.
Soap (Independent Hair designers)
In a maximum of 45 minutes you´ll walk out of here with
a flashy new do.QC‑2, Achter het Stadhuis 8, tel. (+31)
736 14 09 22, Open 09:30 - 18:00, Thu
09:30 - 21:00, Sat 09:30 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun. T­J

Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis.
In early 2011 the city’s two hospitals, Carolus and Groot
Ziekengasthuis, merged in the newly built, ultra-modern
Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis. Buses from Central Station (68,
69, 213, 135, 136, 139, 213 and 239) stop right at the entrance.QK‑10, Henri Dunantstraat 1, tel. (+31) 735 53 20

Zuid Wasserij Wassalon Stomerij
A centrally located laundrette.QK‑8, Vondelstraat 16, tel.
(+31) 73 613 35 62.

Health & Lifestyle


Openbare bibliotheek
This library is truly unique. The interior design is retro
meets modern with unusual lighting that changes colour
now and again. The ground floor offers a study room with
free wi-fi and a trendy café. Although most books are in
Dutch, a decent selection of books in English is available.
QD‑2, Hinthamerstraat 7, tel. (+31) 736 12 21 88, www. Open 11:00 - 20:00, Sat, Sun
11:00 - 16:00. Closed Mon. T­J­U­W

Indoor Laser Game
Kill all your enemies, before they get you (virtually, of
course).QK‑7, Victorialaan 10, tel. 0900-0200, www. Open Wed, Sun 13:00 22:00, Thu 15:00 - 22:00, Fri 15:00 - 24:00, Sat 13:00 24:00. Closed Mon, Tue. 1 game: €8.
This massive sports complex has something for everyone
and is only five minutes from the city centre. Most people
come here for its incredible swimming complexincluding
an aqua fun centre on many different levels with rivers, individual hot tubs and three- and five-storey slides.QK‑6,
Victorialaan 10, tel. (+31) 736 46 46 46, www.sportiom.
nl. Admission: €7.50/day. J­F­L­B­K­D­C

Sterrenwacht Halley
Every year thousands of stargazers visit this observatory
on its open evenings or afternoons. Visitors can view the
planetarium and observe the night sky through a telescope. The tour takes two hours, but you should make
an appointment with its owner, Ferry. Take bus No.90 to
Adriaan Poirterstraat (Heesch), a 40-minute ride.QM‑10,
Halleyweg 1, Heesch, tel. (+31) 412 45 49 99, www. Open to the public every first and
third Friday of the month from 21:00. Admission: children
under 12 years €2.50, adults €4.50.

Kring Apotheek Albers
This beautiful, historic building that boasts one of the
city’s most impressive facades also has a good pharmacy.
The staff are fluent in Dutch and English.QC‑2, Markt 35,
tel. (+31) 736 13 74 82, Open
08:30 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Sun. J

Spas & Beauty
Sauna Beauty Resort Devarana
An extensive choice of 25 different amazing saunas, gorgeous tile mosaic swimming pools and a genuine salt
crystal cave will help you relieve yourself of everyday
stress. Cool down in the tropical shower, complete with
thunder, and enjoy a dinner afterward.QDe Eendenkooi
9, Open 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 24:00. Admission: €17/two hours, all-day pass €29.50.
Closed August 2 - 15. J­I­L­B­K­D­X­C

Explore the roof of St. John’s

Piercing & Tattoo Joop
Walk in for a piercing or some new ink. Specialises in tribal and
Japanese tattoos.QE‑2, Hinthamereinde 21-23, tel. (+31)
736 13 61 93, Open 13:00 16:30, 18:00 - 21:30, Sat 12:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. J

Den Bosch for kids
Children will love ‘s-Hertogenbosch’s Adventure Land,
but parents will also have plenty to see and do here.
There’s a pirate’s bar, quad racing, a sniper challenge, a
kid’s corner, a cinema, a ball pit, a slide, a sandpit and
a laser game.QO‑15, Geerke 2, tel. (+31) 736 43 01
44, Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sat,
Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Closed Mon, Tue, Thu. Admission:
children €6, adults: €2.50. T
Dierenpark offers polar bears, elephants, tigers, Barbary
macaques, seals and lots of other animals as well as children’s attractions. Apart from the feeding presentations
and musical shows, the park also illustrates how animals
live and what they can do. Their newest addition is the
biggest aviary of Europe.QBaroniehei, Nuenen, tel.
(+31) 492 66 82 40, Open 10:00 17:00. Admission: €15.50. T­A­U­L­G
World Skate Center
You’ll find a 1,300m2 skate park that’s a paradise for skaters and rollerbladers on the ground floor of this gigantic industrial building. Spectators can also watch their
offspring or other young speed demons on the biggest
indoor half pipe in the Netherlands. It’s also possible
to take lessons here.QG‑7, Buitendijk 2, tel. (+31) 736
89 30 25, Open 13:00 23:00, Thu 18:30 - 23:00, Sat 13:00 - 22:00, Sun 13:00
- 18:00. Closed Mon, Tue. Admission: €5.
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Luxurious accommodation awaits in Den Bosch


Although ’s-Hertogenbosch provides plenty of mid-range
and upmarket accommodation, the city lacks hostels and
budget hotel rooms. However, a small campground can be
found on the outskirts of the city.

GOlden Tulip Hotel Central
If you want to be right in the middle of all the action in the
city centre then look no further than the Golden Tulip Hotel Central. The location is unbeatable, with old town right
next door. You might pay a little more for the location, but
you’re right on the medieval market square with access to...
well everything in the beating heart of this sparkling city.
Successive generations of the Rademaker family have run
this (tastefully decorated) hotel since 1905 so they definitely
know a thing or two about service.QC‑2, Burgemeester
Loeffplein 98, tel. (+31) 736 92 69 26, www.hotel-central.
nl. 125 rooms (19 singles €102 - 157, 95 doubles €107 187, 5 executive rooms €172 - 187, 3 deluxe rooms €190 205, 2 junior suites €223 - 262, 1 duke suite €271 - 357).
The Mövenpick is situated between large office buildings
and the highway. This may sound discouraging, but it’s
actually one of the reasons this hotel is one of the best
in the city. You can barely hear any traffic noise and the
buildings give it privacy. The hotel even has its own lake
and the deck off of the restaurant is perfect for enjoying
a cocktail over the water on a sunny day. In short, a great
place to spend your hard-earned cash.QL‑12, Pettelaar‑
park 90, tel. (+31) 736 87 46 74,
hertogenbosch. 92 rooms (doubles €99 - 185). P­T­
38 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

Bossche Suites
Although Bossche Suites isn’t the cheapest place to lay your
head in town, if you have the cash then this historic gabled
house is a good option. Nowhere else in the heart of the city
will you find such luxurious accommodation than in these
four suites that include designer wet rooms. Its second
boutique hotel at Stationsweg 2, just opposite the Central
Station, which offers another six suites.QC‑3, Verwersstraat
23A, tel. (+31) 642 12 75 85, Also at Sta‑
tionsweg 2. P­J­A­L­G­W
The Duke Boutique Hotel
We’ve been saying this for many years, but in case you
hadn’t heard, Den Bosch desperately needs more hotel
rooms, especially modern accommodation of a better
sort. It appears that this stylish boutique hotel located
right in the middle of a popular pedestrian area, has heard
our prayers. Although the facade of this former post office
won’t win any architectural awards, the 17 spacious rooms
certainly would. The wet areas are also state-of-the-art and
boast a modern look with lots of brass and copper.QD‑2,
Kerkstraat 69, tel. (+31) 733 69 03 32,
17 rooms. P­J­A­U­G­W hhhh

Conference hotels
Conferentiehotel De Ruwenberg
This former monastery (from 1337!) now offers for 250
people modern hotel rooms. The architect who converted
the wonderful premises into a contemporary hotel and conference centre, somehow managed to retain the serene atmosphere of the historic building. Many of the monastery’s
original details have been saved and restored and the rural
environment only adds to the ambience. All of the rooms
are stylishly decorated and many offer beautiful views of
the surrounding gardens.QL‑11, Ruwenbergstraat 7, SintMichielsgestel, tel. (+31) 735 58 88 88, www.ruwenberg.
nl. P­H­A­U­I­L­G­B­K­X­W

Best Western EuroHotel
This hotel has infused some local culture into its design,
which is definitely welcome. Rooms are a bit small, but
include a mini-bar and safe. We recommend a room at
the back of the hotel for a good night’s sleep. You can also
take advantage of its comfortable lounge area next to the
hotel bar or sit outside and enjoy a cold pint while checking out locals on the pedestrian street.QD‑2, Kerkstraat
56, tel. (+31) 736 13 77 77, www.eurohotel-denbosch.
com. (singles €95 - 119, doubles €119 - 159, triples €149,
quads €169). J­A­L­K
Fletcher ’s-Hertogenbosch
This hotel, which is located on the outskirts of the city
not far from the highway, just recently changed its allegiance from Mercure to Fletcher and we applaud the
move as the hotel is now part of the largest hotel chain
in the Netherlands, which means that the 86 rooms have
been completely modernised to meet new standards. Its
rental bikes are also greatly appreciated as the city centre
is a mere 15-minute ride away. If you don’t have to be right
in the thick of things, this is a great option.QO‑15, Burge‑
meester Burgerslaan 50, Rosmalen, tel. (+31) 735 21 91
59, 82 rooms
(rooms €75 - 129). P­H­A­6­U­L­G­B­K­X­W
This relatively large hotel is situated in a beautiful, forested
area just outside the city and the free sauna, the great terrace and the friendly staff will definitely add value to your
stay at Guldenberg. The calm surroundings are perfect for
long bicycle trips and sleeping is bliss thanks to fantastic
beds and the lack of local nightlife, although there is a
cosy bar downstairs in case you want a nightcap.QN‑16,
Guldenberg 12, Helvoirt, tel. (+31) 411 64 24 24, www. 89 rooms (singles €82, doubles €110).
Kloosterhotel Soete Moeder
Once an abbey where the nuns of the Sisters of Love
lived and worked for centuries, Het Kloosterhotel has
continued to practice the good deeds of its former Christian owners. Young people who have a hard time finding
their place in the modern job market are given the tools
they need to succeed at this rustic setting. You’ll find five
different types of accommodation here spread out over
three floors. With a total of 24 rooms, this certainly isn’t
the biggest hotel in the city, but definitely one of our
favourite newcomers. All rooms are uniquely decorated
with different religious items, but all have their own toilet and shower facilities, free wi-fi, king-size beds, sitting
areas, a safe and a flatscreen TV. The nearby Prins Hendrik
Park, not to mention its own green garden, are heavenly
places to recharge your batteries.QG‑7, Nemiusstraat
4, tel. (+31) 732 04 88 40,
P­T ­A ­U ­L ­G ­B ­K ­X ­W

A Accepts credit cards P Air conditioning
Z Anti-allergy

O Casino

T Child-friendly

T City centre location

H Conference facilities U Facilities for the disabled
I Fireplace

F Fitness centre

L Guarded parking

R LAN connection

J Old town location B Outside seating
6 Pet-friendly

K Restaurant

D Sauna

X Smoking section

C Swimming pool

W Wifi

Landgoed Huize Bergen
This luxurious hotel is situated on a beautiful plot of land
with a lush wooded area on one side that shields it from
traffic noise and an expansive field dotted with large trees
on the other. The larger part still functions as a business
hotel, but inside it looks anything but commercial. If you’re
looking to impress colleagues or your better half, then by all
means treat them to a conference or a romantic getaway
at Landgoed Huize Bergen.QO‑16, Glorieuxlaan 1, Vught,
tel. (+31) 736 58 04 00, 80 rooms (
€75 - 115). P­H­A­U­L­G­B­K­X­W
Van der Valk Hotel ‘s-Hertogenbosch - Vught
Although the façade is average and somewhat drab, the
interior is just dripping in luxury. The hotel has worked
very hard to ensure that one doesn’t mistake it for a roadside trucker’s stop and the rooms, like the Delphi room,
are good examples of the effort. People must get tired
quickly here because there are plush chairs and sofas everywhere. This is also true of the restaurant.QO‑16, Boss‑
cheweg 2, tel. (+31) 736 58 77 77,
125 rooms (101 doubles €80 - 135, 16 triples €105 - 160,
6 suites €145, 2 apartments €145). P­T­H­A­U­I­

The Paleiskwartier is one the few places lacking a hotel

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Ice skating on frozen rivers is not unheard of in the winter

Bed & Breakfast
Achter de Kan
This recently renovated place has merged the intimate
feeling of a B&B with all the technological comforts of today. The B&B comes complete with a laptop to use, free
wi-fi, electronic door locks, free washer and dryer and a
private bathroom in all three rooms. But the best perks are
the large Dutch breakfast and the private terrace on which
to enjoy it.QB‑3, Achter de Kan 3A, tel. (+31) 641 74 91
49, 3 rooms, prices vary from
€85 - 105 including breakfast. J­N­W
De Erker
Nicely located near the parc De IJzeren Vrouw, you’ll find
this modest place. Breakfast is included in the price of the
room, but pets are definitely not allowed, so leave your
pooch at home. Take bus No.158 from Central Station to
Aartshertogenlaan, a 15-minute ride.QK‑7, Van Grobben‑
doncklaan 49, tel. (+31) 736 13 72 25. 5 rooms (€30 per
person). T­L­N­G

Palace bridge
During the past decade the
most discussed bridge in
the Netherlands has to be
the Paleisbrug. The ‘Palace
Bridge’, which opened in
May 2015, certainly does
justice to its rather exalted
name, as its price tag of
nearly €18 million makes it
one of the most expensive
bridges ever built in the
Low Countries. Although we have to admit that it’s a
beautiful piece of architecture, its poor functionality still makes little sense to the citizens of Den Bosch.
According to the designers this 250m-long park-style
pedestrian bridge is the ‘perfect transport modus between the historical old town and the modern Paleiskwartier’. However, with free wi-fi, heated floors (!) and
lots of green spaces, there are worse spots to kill a few
hours on a sunny day.
40 ’s-Hertogenbosch In Your Pocket

All In Hotel
You can’t beat the combination of price and location at
All-In. Don’t expect 5-star treatment here, this is really just
a place to sleep. The hotel, which has been running since
1974, is spread out on different floors with no lift and the
steep stairs are definitely not for the elderly or the disabled.
It is, however, a perfect place for a group of friends who’d
like to share a room in the city centre.QC‑2, Gasselstraat
1, tel. (+31) 736 13 40 57, 9 rooms
(2 singles €45, 2 doubles €60, 1 triple €90, 4 quads €120)
Prices fom €30 to €200. Breakfast €7.50. J­N
This hotel, which actually looks like a typical Americanstyle roadside motel, hasn’t gone over the top with
amenities, but the 47 stylish rooms with excellent beds
and pure white bed linens and green curtains are good
value for money. The rest of the hotel is fairly plain,
but clean and the location allows quick access to the
city without much traffic.QO‑15, Goudsbloemval‑
lei 21-25, tel. (+31) 736 42 25 25, 47  rooms (47  doubles €97).
T­H ­A ­U ­L ­G ­B ­K ­X ­W
Terminus Hotel
If you’re on the go and want to be close to the train station,
but don’t want to pay city centre prices, Hotel Terminus
could be the place for you. It also offers a pub and café
downstairs with a wide variety of snacks and drink. The
hotel is a great alternative for budget-minded travellers,
but don’t expect caviar and champagne. Terminus has a
bit of a rough edge to it, but the atmosphere is fun and
relaxing.QB‑2, Boschveldweg 15, tel. (+31) 736 13 06
66, 11  rooms (4  singles €37,
3 doubles €71, 4 triples €102). J­B­X

De Locatie FF-R-UIT Camping
A first glance of the only campsite in the area isn’t very
encouraging, but it doesn’t take long to realise that there’s
much more to this place than meets the eye. It offers a
social club to help orphaned children. Amenities include
showers, bathrooms, a local canteen and clothing optional
swimming. If you don’t have a tent or a caravan you can
rent the Mongolian yurt or the Native American teepee.
Only open from April 1 to October 30.QO‑15, De Gemeint
3, Vlijmen, tel. (+31) 653 75 28 91,
Camping: €5/person with your own tent, Mongolian
yurt (max. 10 persons) €50/night, Native American tee‑
pee (max. 8 persons) €30/night. T­L­N­B

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Minicamping Familie Huismans
For groups of up to 20 people, this renovated farmhouse is a perfect place to spend the night. Only a
15-minute drive away from the big city, this is an area
of the Netherlands where cows and horses rule. Although the ‘house’ is a bit basic, it’s a good option for a
group of friends.QP‑15, Nulandsestraat 6, Nuland, tel.
(+31) 735 32 44 28,
6­L ­G ­B ­X ­W

Out of town
Boer Goossens
If you want to avoid expensive accommodation in town,
then this hotel dating back to 1822 and only a 10-minute
drive from Den Bosch is a good option. Hotel Boer Goossens used to be an inn, but has now been converted to a Selfies with statues are not uncommon in Den Bosch
modern family hotel. All 18 rooms have free wireless internet and huge, comfortable beds with extra long mattress- Van der Valk Hotel Nuland
es.QP‑16, Heilig Hartplein 2, Den Dungen, tel. (+31) 735 Hotel Nuland is mainly a true business traveller’s hotel.
94 12 91, 18  rooms (10  singles 128 luxurious rooms with modern conveniences and 18
multifunctional conference rooms are available here. Situ€79, 8 doubles €99). P­H­B­K­W
ated near the A59 motorway, it’s easy to come and go, yet
there’s very little traffic noise. Recently renovated, the hoFletcher Hotel Prinsen
Just outside ‘s-Hertogenbosch lies three-star Fletcher tel has a restaurant with a large outside seating area in the
Hotel Prinsen. The service is super friendly, parking is summer.QP‑15, Rijksweg 25, Nuland, tel. (+31) 735 34
free and breakfast is reasonable, although the sober 25 34, 123  rooms (21  doubles
and somewhat old-fashioned rooms could use a mod- €78, 4 suites €150, 49 deluxe doubles €88, 8 deluxe tri‑
ern upgrade. Thanks to the large garden and the cosy ples €98, 10 deluxe quads €108, 31 junior suites €103).
bar with a large fireplace, there are plenty of places to P­O­T­H­A­6­U­L­G­B­K­X­W
spend your time here apart from your room.QN‑15, Ju‑
lianastraat 21, Vlijmen, tel. (+31) 347 75 04 02, www. Waalwijk Hotel 29  rooms (5  singles, 20  doubles This multifunctional hotel in the centre of Waalwijk caters
€59 - 109, 1 triple, 2 family rooms). T­H ­A ­6 ­I­ to businesspeople and the primarily Dutch visitors of the
nearby amusement park. The spacious family rooms proL­E ­B ­K ­X ­W
vide added value to this hotel, which is nevertheless in
dire need of a redecoration. The rather shabby and dated
DUtch courage
exterior isn’t exactly encouraging and the sagging mattresses will cause you to roll to the middle of your bed,
Michael Caine perhaps said it best in the third installbut the extensive breakfast buffet is excellent.QM‑15,
ment of the Austin Powers film trilogy when he said:
Burg van de Klokkenlaan 15, Waalwijk, tel. (+31) 416 33
‘There are two kinds of people I can’t stand in this
60 45, Take bus No. 300 from
world. People who are intolerant of other people’s culthe ‘s-Hertogenbosch Central Station and exit after 22
tures, and the Dutch.’ To be honest most of the derogaminutes at the Waalwijk bus station. Walk for another
tory expressions we hear from time to time like Dutch
six minutes. 61 rooms. J­K
courage, Dutch treat, Dutch uncle, Dutch comfort, etc.
have their origins in the distant past when Britain and
Apartment rental
the Netherlands fought one another for colonies and
spice routes. Dutch courage either implies that the
Vakantiehuis Den Bosch
Dutch need to get drunk to show some backbone or
The owners of this furnished house in the attractive
it could also be a reference to the Dutch national drink,
De Uilenburg neighbourhood have created a unique
jenever, which became popular across the sea as gin.
concept: the house’s stylish décor consists of antique
Going Dutch is even better known and implies that the
furniture and accessories that come from the La FoDutch are a cheap lot. Obviously, we refuse to believe in
lie secondhand shop, just around the corner. All of the
such antiquated stereotypes and hardly think that the
furniture and accessories in this holiday home are for
Dutch are a stingy lot of deep-fried food gulping, jensale!QC‑2, Walpoort 2, tel. (+31) 648 41 36 49, www.
ever swilling, French fry munching, liquorice chewing, The whole house can be
cheese swallowing tightwads.
rented for €105.50 per night, each additional person
pays €42.50 extra per night. T­J ­G ­B ­X ­W

2016 / 2017


Venue index & Street register
Achter de Kan
All In Hotel
Artemis 11
Avonturenland 19, 37
A Wondrous Climb 31
Bar le Duc
Bastionder 28
Beatrix Park
Groenendaal 30
Bellagio 16
Bij Dirk
Bosch by Night
Bosch Parade
Bossche Bed & Breakfast
Bossche Suites
Boutique Nespresso 20
Brabanthallen 10
Breton 16
Brigantino 16
Bron Apart Sauna Hotel 41
Brownies & Downies 20
Burgers 13
Buurt 24
Campanile 40
Cantina San Juan
Cappuccino Rosmalen 17
Casa Don Arroyo
Choco Loca
Citrus 14
City Hotel
City Tours
Club Cinq
Conferentiehotel De
Ruwenberg 38
Danza 19
Dapur Saya
De Blauwe Lotus
De Bossche Beul

De Bossche Draak
De Cosmopoliet
De Dieze
De Erker
De Griek
DE koffie café
De Locatie FF-R-UIT
Camping 40
De Meierijsche Kar 23
De Moriaan
De Pannekoekenbakker
De Pub
De Saeck
De Toonzaal
De Weverij
De Witte Sieb
Dierenrijk 37
DIT 15
Djoyn 17
D’n Boerderij
Doppia Espressobar 20
Efteling 32
Euro Hotel
Europa Pizza
Expres’Zo 25
Festival Boulevard
Festival van het
Levenslied 11
Fletcher Hotel Prinsen 41
’s-Hertogenbosch 39
Frezzo 15
Galerie 68
Galerie Mark Peet Visser 10
Ginger 21
Greek to Go
Gregor 17
G-Star 34

Guldenberg 39
Het Groote Genoegen 13
Het Nieuwe Oosten 12
Het Veulen
Hieronymus Bosch
Statue 32
Hotel Central
Hotel Terminus Folk Pub
Houwen’s Vlaai
IJskar 15
In de Bossche Eetkaemer
Jan de Groot
Jheronimus Bosch Art
Center 28
Kasteel Ammersoyen 32
Kattencafé Mispoes! 21
Kees Kroket
Kloosterhotel Soete
15, 39
Kring Vrienden
Kunstruimte Voltaire 10
Lai Thai
Landgoed Huize Bergen
Le Bateau
Le Coq
Le Figaro
Le VIN’x
M’EAT Bar & Grill
Meetpoint 25
Me Gusta
Minicamping Familie
Huismans 41
Mister H.A.M.Burger 13
M’n Tante
Mövenpick 38
Museum of Religious Art

old town street register
Aawal E2
Ampsrestraat A1
Arena C2
Arezzostraat D3
Arnoud Van Gelderstraat
Berewoutstraat B3
Bordeslaan A3
Boschdijkstraat B1
Boschveldweg B1
Branderijstraat A3
Brede Haven
Brugstraat B1
Buitendijk C1
Buitenhaven C2
Burgemeester Loeffplein
Carolushof C2
Celsiusstraat A1
Choorstraat D2
Christiaan Huygensweg
Citadellaan C1
Clarastraat D2
Copernicuslaan A1
De Bossche Pad
De Mortel
Diezebrug C1
Edisonstraat A1

Emmaplein B1
Fahrenheitstraat A1
Gasselstraat C2
Geert Van Woustraat D1
Geldersedam D1
Gregoriussingel D3
Guardianenhof* C2
Handelskade C1
Havendwarsstraat C1
Havensingel B2
Havenstraat B2
Hekellaan D3
Hinthamereinde E2
Hinthamerstraat D2
Hofstad E2
Hofvijver A3
Jan De La Barlaan
Jan Heinsstraat
Jan Schferlaan
Jonkerstraat A3
Julianaplein B2
Kanaalstraat* D2
Karrenstraat C2
Kasterenwal D1
Kerkstraat C2
Koninginnenlaan B2
Koningsweg B3
Kruisstraat C2
Lange Putstraat

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Lange Tuinstraat
Lederstraat A3
Leeghwaterlaan A2
Lepelstraat C2
Limietlaan D3
Luijbenstraat B2
Magistratenlaan A2
Maijweg B3
Marconistraat A1
Markt C2
Molenstraat C2
Moliusstraat D1
Diepenstraat D1
Muntelbolwerk E2
Muntelplein D1
Muntelstraat E2
Munteltuinen E2
Muntelwal E2
Newtonlaan A2
Nieuwstraat D2
Noordwal D2
Oliemolensingel C1
Onderwijsboulevard A2
Oostwal E2
Oranje Nassaulaan B2
Orthenstraat C2
Oude Dieze
Oude Vlijmenseweg A1

Nanking 13
Nationaal Monument
Kamp Vught
Noble 14
Noordbrabants Museum
Nova Zembla
Gemintemuzejum 30
P79 24
PaasPop 11
Padrino’s 16
Parade 28
Perron-3 11
Picchino 18
Pilkington’s 14
Pilkingtons Bakery
Pink Lemon
Plaats Royaal
Prince of India
Rancho Bravo
Rederij Kuipers
Rederij Wolthuis
Rhodos 14
Ries 15
Robbies Food
Shiro 16
Shisha 17
Sitio – Steaks & Pasta 19
Slot Loevestein
Smile Thai
Soto 16
Stadhuis 31
Stadsafari 31
Starbucks 13
St. Catharina
Stedelijk Museum
St. John’s Bell Tower 31
St. John’s Cathedral 28
Tante Wonnie

Terminus Hotel
Theater aan de Parade 10
Theater De Speeldoos 11
The Baron’s Lodge
The Citadel
The Duke Boutique Hotel
The Grass Company
Emmaplein 25
The Grass Company
Maastrichtseweg 25
The Legends Sportsbar 25
Thornbridge 24
Tic Tac
‘t Pantoffeltje
‘t Paultje
‘t Root
‘t Vervolg
Tweekeerbellen 25
Ushiwawa 23
Uskudar 19
Vakantiehuis Den Bosch
Van der Valk Hotel
Nuland 41
Van der Valk Hotel
‘s-Hertogenbosch Vught 39
10, 31
VestingFietsen 31
Visch 18
Vitaminstore 21
W2 Poppodium
Waalwijk Hotel
World Skate Center 37
Yoghurt Barn
Zaher 12
Museum 30

Paardskerkhofweg A1
Paleispoort A3
Papenhulst D3
Parade D3
Parallelweg B1
Parklaan B3
Pastoor De Kroonstraat
Pelssingel D2
Pensmarkt C2
Peperstraat D3
Perronweg B2
Pieter Vreedestraat D1
Postelstraat C2
Prins Bernhardstraat C3
Prins Hendrikpark
Residentieplein A3
Schilderstraat D2
Simon Stevinweg
Sint Jacobshof
Sint Jacobstraat
Sint Janssingel
Sint Jorisstraat
Sint Lucasstraat
Smalle Haven
Snellestraat C2
Spinhuiswal C3
Statenlaan A2
Stationsweg B2
Taxandriaplein D1
Tolbrugstraat C2

Torenstraat D2
Tramkade B1
Uilenburg C2
Van Der Does De
Willeboissingel B3
Van Der Weeghensingel
Verwersstraat C3
Vijverlaan A3
Visstraat B2
Vlijmenseweg A3
Voltastraat A1
Vughterstraat C3
Waterstraat C3
Westenburgerweg E1
Westwal B3
Weversplaats C3
Willem Hubertstraat E1
Zuid Willemsvaart C1
Zuidwal C3
Zusters Van
Orthenpoort* D2
Central Station B2
The Parade D2/3