After doing the sightseeing tour in 'What is there to see in Delft' you are probably looking for a place to relax and give your feet a rest. In addition, you’ll need to get the inside scoop on some good places to relax and unwind after a long day at the university. This section will give you some pointers as to where to go!
Markt is the main square of Delft and the place where a lot of the action goes on. There are plenty of restaurants on the square and the small streets around it, as well as some excellent bars where you can grab a drink at night or during the day. Don’t forget to drop by Grandcafe De Sjees with your ESNcard for a sweet ESN deal! Learn more about this and other deals in the ESNcard section of this booklet.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, you can pick up some local produce at the farmer’s market on this square.
The Beestenmarkt is Delft’s other main square. More intimate than the Markt, this square is the main place to go to have a drink with all your new Erasmus friends. There is a great vibe in the summer when the different terraces are buzzing with locals from the afternoon until deep into the night.
The final main square in Delft is the Turfmarkt. Where the Beestenmarkt is mainly home to small bars, you can mostly find food places on the Turfmarkt. There are still a couple of bars there but the main attractions to this square are the farmer’s markets on Thursday and Saturday and the delicious Kaas&Wijn sandwiches, one of our other ESNcard partners.
If you are looking for a place to go out with all your new Erasmus friends, check out the Kromstraat. On this street, you can find several nice pubs where you can have a drink. It is different from the Beestenmarkt because there is no terrace, so this is the place to go on a rainy Dutch night.
If you are looking for a nice, green and peaceful place, the Delftse Hout is for you. Located right next to the city centre, this green area is very quiet and perfect for a jog, a nice bike ride, a relaxed picnic or a refreshing swim. The area is very easily accessible on both foot and by bike, just cross the Oosterpoort bridge and you’re right in the middle of it.