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A little Guide to Utrecht

The bigger, the better. That’s my name of the game when it comes to cities at least. Amsterdam, however, is so full of tourists most of the time that I quite often feel the need to take a short getaway. This weekend that mini-break led me to Utrecht. And I can’t put it differently: I fell deeply in love.

My starting point was, of course, a coffee spot. And it was a good one! Entering The Village Coffee & Music, I instantly felt thrown back to my summer in Brooklyn two years ago. Unplastered brick walls, big ventilators and incredibly tasty cookies: I can’t imagine a café more perfect than this. After one day now I’m seriously considering driving all the way from Amsterdam to Utrecht just to sit down in this place again.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht

Right next to The Village Coffee & Music a cute little shop called PUHA sells beautiful and unique dresses, leather bags, accessories and adorable jewellry. Prices are a little higher here, but the quality is most probably worth it. Plus, this boutique leaves you entirely inspired, which is one of my favourite parts about discovering new places.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht

After shopping hunger spred in our tummies, so it was time for a decent lunch. Meneer Smakers was our extremely good place to go. Homemade burgers, crispy white or brown bread rolls and fresh “frietjes” had our stomachs grumble less but our mouths water all the more.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht

No citytrip without a little sightseeing. To be honest I’m always avoiding the typical tourist paths and thus most sightseeing spots. The inner yard of the Dome of Utrecht had me marvel, though. As a Harry Potter fan to the core, I thought I had set foot into Hogwarts for a tiny second. I came back down to earth soon after but my inner child was still jubilating.

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Wandering the streets of Utrecht a little further, we discovered two more shops we couldn’t pass by without notice. KLIJS & BOON with their wonderful selection of pieces from Sandqvist, Ace & Tate, WOOD WOOD and more got me pretty excited (luckily the boyfriend reminded me of that little thing called budget). The other lucky find was It’s a present. I’m not quite sure if that is their concept but I made quite a few presents to myself here. They store beautiful accessories and furnishings by Bloomingville and numerous smaller brands in their 3-storey-shop. From cactuses via concrete vases through to copper lamps: It’s a present is a true treasure trove!

© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe

A day passed by and soon enough it was time to head back to the train station. Our way led us along enchanted house facades, small restaurants by the canals and an idyllic atmosphere. I can consider myself pretty lucky to live so close to this small, magical town called Utrecht.

© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht© Janine Juna Grafe© Janine Juna Grafe - Utrecht



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