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PlugnMake a fablab in Delft

It seems like I’ve been doing nothing last few months as I did not write much about Delft …but the opposite is true. Apart from being very busy with my family, I’ve been exploring some parts of Delft which I did not yet looked at with great interest. But I think you...
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Fresh fish at Les Copains

The Michelin guide 2017 mentions three restaurants from Delft. One of them is Les Copains at the Breestraat. A very nice street at the edge of the city center. They serve mainly fish. Lobster is their specialty dish. There are 3 preparations on the menu. And they are...
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Cortado for coffee

The best early morning sun is the one you can get at espressobar Cortado at the corner of the Burgwal next to the Beestenmarkt. It is quite a new place in town where they serve very good coffee and homemade cakes and cookies. Apart from their sunny terrace in the...
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Let Deliveroo deliver your food!

If you know me, you know that I like good food and I don’t like preparing this myself 😊 Maybe you have the same problem too? So when the Deliveroo guys asked me to try out their services I did not hesitate for a second! Deliveroo delivers meals at home and...
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Toko Idola: Try!

A friend of mine told me she liked the food of Toko Idola, en little Indonesian take away / restaurant in Delft. I never noticed this place, it is a little bit hidden, but it looked nice and clean. So when the right moment was there I tried their food also. I had...
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Hi, nice to meet you!

It is a good idea to travel to Delft. Delft is still an undiscovered typical Dutch city where it feels like being in an open air museum. On this blog you can find my stories about this little town in the West part of Holland. I visited and tried already more than a hundred places in Delft and it’s immediate surroundings. The blog gives you practical information and shows you the places to be in this very nice city.

I hope it gives you more background information and a quick view on Delft and what is happening here.
My themes are: shopping and lifestyle, kids, food and drink, art and design, sights and the immediate surroundings of Delft.
So, meet my favorite hairdresser, eat your ice cream at the best gelateria of Delft, relax at the beautiful Agathasquare, have delicious dinners and find the best selfie spots. I hope to see you in Delft!
Alice

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PlugnMake a fablab in Delft

It seems like I’ve been doing nothing last few months as I did not write much about Delft …but the opposite is true. Apart from being very busy with my family, I’ve been exploring some parts of Delft which I did not yet looked at with great interest. But I think you...

read more

Fresh fish at Les Copains

The Michelin guide 2017 mentions three restaurants from Delft. One of them is Les Copains at the Breestraat. A very nice street at the edge of the city center. They serve mainly fish. Lobster is their specialty dish. There are 3 preparations on the menu. And they are...

read more

Cortado for coffee

The best early morning sun is the one you can get at espressobar Cortado at the corner of the Burgwal next to the Beestenmarkt. It is quite a new place in town where they serve very good coffee and homemade cakes and cookies. Apart from their sunny terrace in the...

read more

Let Deliveroo deliver your food!

If you know me, you know that I like good food and I don’t like preparing this myself 😊 Maybe you have the same problem too? So when the Deliveroo guys asked me to try out their services I did not hesitate for a second! Deliveroo delivers meals at home and...

read more

Toko Idola: Try!

A friend of mine told me she liked the food of Toko Idola, en little Indonesian take away / restaurant in Delft. I never noticed this place, it is a little bit hidden, but it looked nice and clean. So when the right moment was there I tried their food also. I had...

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Sander’s cup of tea

Last Saturday it was Chinese New Year. The year of the rooster according to Chinese zodiac started. To celebrate this event Sander, a guy from Holland organized a tea workshop in his little shop at the Bagijnestraat. Every year Sander visits China to buy the best tea...

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Inspiration at Museum Voorlinden

Not far from Delft, only 20 minutes by car, located in Wassenaar, you can find the best Museum of the Netherlands: Museum Voorlinden. A private initiative open for public. Surrounded by a special designed garden. Despite our great museums in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, I...

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Offline is the new black

In this time of the year I should write about shopping. I did some shopping myself but I did not buy too much this year, although there were lots of extra shopping activities in town. I noticed that there are a lot of places to go to in Delft, but I explored one place...

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You don’t need an A-location when you are good!

Last weekend we had dinner in Delft. We decided to visit a restaurant in the suburbs of Delft in Tanthof. A place you will never visit unless you live there or know someone there. I think it is more than 20 minutes by bike from the city center. But I knew a restaurant...

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It is always good at the Pelicaan in Delft…

That is what my friend replied when I checked in on Facebook while having dinner at restaurant ‘de Pelicaan’ in Delft. She is not the only one who is positive about it. I got this restaurant as a good suggestion a few times already from neighbors and friends. But I...

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Restaurant VOC

I wrote about quality dining in Delft before. And now I’ll do it again, because there is a new restaurant in Delft, called VOC where you can have an excellent dinner. The restaurant is located at the Oude Delft and when I was there with our foodie friends, we were...

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Hummus in Delft

  The nice thing about Delft is, that when places disappear, new places pop up in a second. Like Hummus, a new bistro in Delft which serves Hummus, Hummus and other vegetarian Mediterranean food. And it is so nice!!! I love the retro eighties interior, it reminds...

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Real cheese at Boerderijzuivel en meer

In Holland you can buy cheese at many places. I normally get some from the supermarket. For me and the kids that’s ok. But now I know that I should not be satisfied with that kind of cheese. Since I visited the little shop Boerderijzuivel en meer at the Oude...

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LU-ST: Lunch in style or stylish lunch?

At LU-ST (Lunch and Style) you can shop for nice designer items and have something to eat and drink. It is a very nice and quiet new place in town. But the owners are not newbies in owning a shop as the have had a few pop up stores before in Delft and now they have...

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A special Hotel in Delft: The knuffel hotel

There are many special hotels in Delft. I would like to try some. But the hotel I want to write about now is not for humans. It’s for cuddly toys! It is in the city center of Delft and it has a nice view on the churches and rooftops. My sons little bear spent the...

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The year of Vermeer

There is something going on in Delft! Today the Year of Vermeer started. This means that ‘till 31 December 2016 there are all kinds of activities in town related to this famous painter. Up to now there was not a real ‘Vermeer’ in Delft, the place where he was born and...

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Prepare your kids

Today I read an interesting article about travelling with kids, written by a Lonely planet author. And everything she sais, is true. I am an experienced traveler with kids. We travel around the world with them (age 5 and 8 now) since they were a baby. Our next trip,...

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Good looking food, good looking book!

Do you know Tastemade? I love to watch their video’s about how to cook de delicious food? My mouth is watering all the time when I see one. And everything looks so easy! I like to see people cooking, I love to browse through cookbooks, bookstore Huyser in Delft,...

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Wanna laugh?

I like to laugh, I must say I am a cheerful and optimistic person, so in my life, I laugh a lot. About things which happen to me, about things I read, about the things the kids say…but it does not happen often that I  have a laughter attack. That I laugh about nothing...

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The best paper shop of Delft

As a graphic designer I love paper and everything which relates to paper and craft. I like blogs about it e.g. Oh happy day,  Hello Sandwich and Mini Eco.  I am also fond of masking tape. So when I was in Japan last spring, I felt like I was  in heaven with all kinds...

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Another must see in Delft

Do you like Delft Blue? For me it depends on how it is used. I like the Delft blue series of D1653 ceramics for example, it has a modern design. And I also like the way it is used by Hugo Kaagman. A stencil King, as he calls himself on his website. I wrote about him...

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Sweet memories at the post office

This Summer I had lunch at the terrace at the post office ‘t Postkantoor in Delft. A restaurant in the city center of Delft. I liked it outside, the entourage reminds me to a place in Bali. The building is the former post office of Delft. Last Saturday we had dinner...

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Voldersgracht

I wrote an article about the Voldersgracht for the new magazine about Delft, called Blauww. This canal street is a street which is interesting to visit day and night. During daytime you can shop, have a coffee and lunch. In the evening it offers a lot of dining...

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Fancy some fish?

I normally don’t but it was my husband’s turn to choose a restaurant. So I said ‘yes’ to fish restaurant ‘t Crabbetje in Delft. (the small crab) We did not take an extended look at the menu, we immediately decided to take the two person tasting menu. My faith was in...

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Old Church / Oude Kerk

I do not always visit a church on holidays. Just sometimes when the door is open…mainly in France. In Delft there are a few churches, I do not visit them regularly because I am not religious. But from a tourist point of view they can be interesting. Last week I...

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Wauw Blauww

There is a new magazine in town ant it is called Blauww. Which means Blue…I don’t have to explain that color I think 😉 It is in Dutch…and is it good. I worked on it. It’s a magazine made by people from Delft with a passion for the city. The idea comes from Aad...

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Ray Brandstore, not only for men

Do you know Ray, from Ray Brandstore? I didn’t. Until last weekend. My husband wanted to shop for clothes, he told me he had to go to Ray’s shop, as they would sell the hipster brand Blue de gȇnes out there.  It sounds French but it is from Denmark. I had never heard...

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The best kept secrets of Delft

Before the summer holidays started, I had this special party in a castle. There are quite a few interesting castles in the Netherlands but that is another blogpost… My husband bought me a nice dress from Dita von Teese a burlesque dancer and model. It has a retro look...

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Pleck

There is a new place in town called Pleck which means place, but then you should write it like Plek (without the ‘c’), but I think the word Pleck looks a bit more trendy. It is situated at the Voldersgracht, a beautiful canal street. Pleck is a very friendly place. It...

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The Netherlands is small, but Madurodam is even smaller

“I feel like giant here” my son said to me while we visited Madurodam. He is obsessed with giants and now he became one himself. We visited Madurodam because I won tickets at a lottery. Yeah, good reason to go, I know 😉 but my son and daughter already knew the...

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Glutenfree Nootdorp, near Delft

I am still in my ‘gluten free’ state of mind, I’d like to add two great places for celiac patients. Not in Delft but nearby in its surroundings, in a village called Nootdorp. Like I said in the post about the Welsh Bakestone, I do not mind travelling if my son gets a...

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The Welsh Bakestone The Hague

When I am travelling with my family, I don’t mind to spent some time travelling to a place where my son can have a good gluten free meal. While looking for that specific place you get to see places you would miss if you only stick to the area near your hotel. Like in...

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Beestenmarkt

This morning I sat at a terrace of a café at the Beestenmarkt in Delft and I wondered why did’nt I write about this place yet? I mentioned it on my map, and when I looked around I thought it is a typical place in Delft… It’s a square full of terraces and it is...

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Restaurant Malee

I wrote about restaurant Malee in Delft before . But that was more than a year ago and based on my experience with them as a great Thai take away in Delft. But some time ago I had dinner inside the restaurant. I was a different experience than in most restaurants, so...

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100% gluten free at the Haka

A few weeks ago I got this crowd funding request from the nice guys from the restaurant Hills and Mills in Delft. They were looking for people who wanted to invest in a new project called The Haka, a healthy salad bar. They got their inspiration during their travels...

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Great architecture near Delft

Last weekend I visited the ‘open rooftop days’ in Rotterdam. A surprising event which was held for the first time. Rotterdam is not far from Delft, only 20 minutes by car and easy to reach by train. It got my interest because of the stunning blue rooftop called Didden...

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Vive la fete

At the moment I am very busy. Our house is in transition. I just read the book of Marie Kondo about tidying up your home. And it hit me right in the face. One of the things you must do if you follow her method is, to hold every item and then you have to answer the...

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In de bush bush

Today I visited the POP UP / Concept Store ‘In de bush bush’ in the center of Delft with a friend. The first thing I thought when I walked inside was: WOW this is overwhelming. It felt like being in the jungle and being there you don’t know where to go, because you...

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Japanese garden at Clingendael Park, the Hague

When we decided to sell our house a few years ago, we invited 3 real-estate agents to estimate the value of our house. One of them, looked at our modern designed garden and said to us with an unhappy face: ow, a Japanese garden… (like in: not suitable for families)...

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Authentic information or…

I just came back from a trip to Japan. I brought home about 25 maps of Kyoto including a few maps of its beautiful temples. I don’t know if I used them all, but we never got lost… With Delft it starts to be the same, there are many maps and ‘guides’ of Delft now. You...

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Surprise dinners

A week before our holidays in Japan began, I had two surprise dinners. One in Delft with a special cause: against the waste of food. And one in a restaurant with a Michelin star, just outside of Delft. I liked both in its own way. Pop Up: Taste the waste The pop up...

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Let the food do the talking

I thought I had made a reservation at an Italian restaurant. The name La Tasca let me think so. But it seemed to be Mediterranean. Even better…is my conclusion now. At the inside you still could be sitting in an Italian restaurant…but the food, the most important...

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Every town has its own Rossio..

Everyone knows a place in town which you only know from the fact that is has a nice terrace with good sunlight or so, but you did not try it yourself. You see people enjoying it but still, you never stop by to experience the same. But then you get triggered to explore...

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Have fun at Plaswijck

In Holland the May holiday almost begins or has just begun. This means that schools are closed for one or two weeks. If you do not go abroad, two weeks can be a long period to have your kids at home. This year since a long time, we will not be home during this...

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A modern map of Delft

When I started this blog I was looking for a city guide of Delft. I could not find it… I read a few things in The Lonely Planet of the Netherlands and that was it. Unfortunately…But this gave me the chance to explore Delft myself and it brought me and my family a lot...

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One and One is Something Extra

I had this colleague a few years ago and if I worked with her, I got the feeling of 1+1=3. Do you know that expression? You use it in Dutch to say that you can work alone of course, but sometimes if you work together the outcome is higher than you would individually...

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Hairdresser: Stylish….or….Steilloos?

Please don’t go to your own hairdresser before you visit Delft. Call Steilloos and get the experience! The word Steilloos refers to hair without curls but it is also a joke. If you only pronounce the word and forget how it is spelled, it means without style. It is a...

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I’ve got a TIP for you 🙂

So what do you do, when you visit a place abroad you’ve never been before? I am preparing my trip to Japan right now and the first thing I did was buying a Lonely Planet guide. I bought my first Lonely Planet almost 20! years ago… so it has also become more like a...

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*Sold Out* The offline guide: Delft in your Pocket

There is an offline guide of Delft to help you around easily, you can buy it online or at TIP Delft
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Vermeer in Delft

Yes, I also wrote about Vermeer, the great painter from Delft. :-)
Little street of Vermeer
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About The Blog

Exploring Delft is the only authentic blog about the beautiful city in the Netherlands called Delft. It is based on personal experiences and it describes more than a hundred items about and related to Delft. It gives you more background information and a quick view on Delft and what is happening here.

Studio Zomereik

Exploringdelft.com is a project by me, Alice, owner of a graphic design studio in the Netherlands called studio Zomereik. A studio for affordable and creative designs from websites to company logo's. If you want to contact me drop me a line at alice@studiozomereik.nl