A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
Whether you’re looking for a nice restaurant for a date, somewhere chill to grab food with friends, or need a fancier location for your graduation dinner with family, Leiden definitely has a restaurant to suit you. There’s a great selection of different cuisines and cooking styles available.
Below are my top 5, give them a go and let me know what you think, I’m always on the lookout for more to try.
If you’re craving a proper pizza, try De Pizzabakker. Their pizzas are fired in a wood-fired pizza oven, and the crust is very tasty because of this. They have a very interesting selection of pizzas and do a seasonal pizza of the month. My favourite pizza in the Spinaci, definitely try it! They also have a very nice selection of wines and beer.
Good for: Dinner with friends or a date.
For a more intimate experience, try Bocconi. They specialise in fresh and authentic pasta, with ravioli, gnocchi and lasagne all on the menu. If you’re a coffee fan this would be a very good place to visit, as they have a special Italian coffee selection, accompanied by hand made Italian pastries, such as cannoli. Their prices are quite reasonable, and it’s best to make a reservation as it gets busy.
Good for: A date or dinner with a visiting friend.
Try something different at Djebena with Eritrean food. I love this restaurant, the food is incredible, the host is so friendly, and the atmosphere is great. Bring a group of friends and order the sharing dish. This consists of a huge pancake with various meat and vegetable toppings. Eat with your hands and try a bit of everything! The African beers are also fantastic, and make a perfect match to the food.
Good for: Dinner with friends!
La Bota is one of the treasures of Leiden. It has a fantastic atmosphere, both busy and cosy at once! Unfortunately, you can’t book ahead for groups smaller than 6, so either try going earlier or sit at the bar and have a beer while you wait for a table. There’s something for everyone here, I have recently tried both the vegetable lasagne and vegetarian burger, while my friend had the spare ribs. The portions are very large and come with fries. Absolutely delicious!
Price: Low-Medium (this place is seriously good value)
Good for: Dinner with friends or family.
The Waag is worth visiting for the beautiful building alone, with a stunning interior. The food here is also incredible, making excellent use of a charcoal oven and BBQ. This would be a great place for a graduation dinner, as it’s both delicious food and a beautiful setting.
Good for: A fancier dinner, maybe a date or graduation dinner.