On a November afternoon, Daniëlle Martens went to discover cozy places in Haarlem. Haarlemfoodies was invited by Koffiefilters.nl in cooperation with Haarlem Marketing. The inspiration came from the book: Koffee! 182 coffee spots that make you happy. The city of Haarlem can be found in this guide with several nice coffee spots, and we are going to pay a visit! Here is Daniëlle’s experience.
There is a lot to tell about Haarlem and something to do everywhere. A must is a walk through the golden streets of Haarlem, picturesque streets, with a hundred shops full of craft products and entrepreneurs who passionately present their product. It is a nice walk through these streets of Haarlem because you see beautiful facades, cozy lighting, and beautifully decorated shop windows.
From the Grote Markt, at the large St.Bavo you walk through the Warmoesstraat and here comes ChocolateriePierre in De Kleine Houtstraat 1 directly in sight! Here everyone is happy! The shop window is decorated with seasonal treats. When you step inside, you’re greeted by the smell of chocolate. There are chocolate tasting and a lot of cocoa information. I really like the caramel chocolate or the “Golden Chocolate” from Chocolaterie Pierre. You can wake me up for that!
Tea My Dear
The Kleine Houtstraat has a diversity of shops that entice you to look in. Delicious tea and a unique concept from Paris can be found at number 16 in this street.
At Tea My Dear, the real tea lover can get to know different types of tea and everything that has to do with it. If you are not a tea lover, after a visit to this store you will be! The hand-picked teas from the special tea house ‘Betjeman & Barton’ will surprise you! The store has a cozy spot for workshops, high tea or a tea tasting. Just as appealing as all the scented teas are the beautiful cakes that can be combined with your favorite tea! I sometimes have a hard time choosing from many different types of tea, so I really like giving them personal advice. Do you want to be surprised every day in December? Then they even have an Advent Calendar with 24 different teas.
At Brandmeester’s we are going to experience a Live Coffee Roasting, the fresher the coffee bean the better the coffee. It is really super to see how with the expert hand of a coffee roaster the transformation of a green coffee bean to a freshly roasted coffee bean. This location is also a store for the sale of coffee machines and here you can get many different types of coffee beans, and macarons from Tout. If you want more than a cup of coffee in the morning, there is also peanut butter with a Brandmeester’s coffee taste.
Live Coffee Roasting is a must-see in this Haarlem location!
Lunch bij Vascobelo
Then we walk through the Anegang, over the Grote Markt and we end up in the Zijlstraat. This street is ideal for taking a photo of the St Bavo.
After all the walking it’s time for a lunch at Vascobelo. What is so nice about this location is that it has two floors, and a nice view of the shopping street. Vascobelo has been in the Zijlstraat for more than a year and more and more people are finding this place. Homely and trendy chic, Vascobelo is a Belgian coffee company with 20 years of history and expertise with coffee all over the world. They have their own award-winning blend the Vascobelo “Le Roi”. That coffee, excellent food, and hospitality that connect people is a clear message at Vascobelo.
It was a treat to visit Vascobelo, and with a filled belly we went on to the next coffee spot from the book Koffie!
Through the Koningsstraat we go to the Botermarkt, a square where every Friday is a cozy market with fresh, organic products. The Gasthuisstraat is located on the square, here you find Mogador, it has been here since 2012 and is very popular among Haarlemmers. An easy to-go coffee is also guaranteed with quality and love. As far as I am concerned it is no wonder that it was chosen as one of the 182 coffee spots by Richt & Regina.
Van der Pigge
What would Haarlem be without a visit to Van der Pigge in the Gierstraat? Step back in time to, among other things, old medicine jars, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, homeopathy and the kindness to your ailments. How happy we are that it has survived for many years and is still here with strength. Hidden behind the counter are different types of licorice, which are worth a try!
Mica coffee bar
With a pleasant stroll through greenery in the city through the Elegantier park, we come back to the Kleine Houtstraat, where we made our start in the morning. In closing, we go to Mica, which is a cheerful place and fresh by all plants. Mica coffee bar has a living room atmosphere with a large choice of different types of coffee and tea. They serve it very nicely with coffee art and a teapot with tea. The atmosphere here is very soothing and exudes something unique by the combination of all the accessories that you see on the walls and tables. A nice concept to spend an afternoon with friends or family.
Het boek, Koffie!
This thick coffee guide packed with information and 182 coffee spots that make you happy, brings you to the best coffee spots in the Netherlands and Flanders. In addition to a lot of caffeine, the book contains tasty coffee recipes and the most beautiful typesetting methods, with which you can also hang out at the barista at home. Written and photographed by the enthusiastic coffee connoisseurs behind the popular blog dekoffiefilters.nl
Mo’Media Publisher € 17.95
Available in the bookstore and online via dekoffiefilters.nl and timetomomo.nl
First published by Daniëlle Martens on Haarlem Foodies.
Translated from Dutch to English By Katie Joy.