Drinking and Dining

Want to go for a drink with your friends? Or perhaps a bite to eat with your family. A romantic diner with your significant other? The bars and restaurants in Enschede offer something for every occasion. Surrounding a church that has its roots in medieval times, and now serves as an exclusive location for parties and events, are a number of cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theatres. In the small streets spreading from the ‘Oude Markt’ you’ll find other restaurants and bistros with a more intimate atmosphere.


A common phenomenon in Enschede is the ‘Daghap’ which is a sort of Daily Special that restaurants have on offer. For a fixed and reasonable price several restaurant offer a main course (and sometimes a starter and/or dessert); often a dish that changes daily or weekly and is tied in with the season. You can ask what the Daghap is at the restaurant, or check the Dutch website www.hapdedag.nl, which features some of the restaurants in Enschede.




De Oude Markt is the most convivial café terrace in the eastern Netherlands. As soon as the temperature rises and the sun starts shining, the thousands of seats on the café terraces are all occupied immediately. Just outside the city center you find the Twentsche Foodhal. The Foodhall consists of 1,000 m2 enthusiastic entrepreneurs who have arranged seven different kitchens for you to choose from! Back in the city at the public library there is a little lunchroom: Stoet (local dialect for bread). Enjoy a good cup of coffee and an honest piece of bread while reading a book or magazine. Sam Sam is located at De Oude Markt. It is the place to be for a late breakfast, a cup of coffee with the newspaper, or a magazine, a glass of Grolsch or soda on the terrace. Just around the corner from De Oude Markt, there is Big Belly’s Tavern. This is a pleasant tavern where you can relax in a living-room atmosphere, and enjoy the Irish kitchen accompanied with a good pint of Guinness.


Eetcafé CP is a pleasant café and bistro. There is a large menu to choose from but you can also choose a ‘daghap’ (daily menu). In the Walstraat you find Eetcafé Atrium with a French-Dutch orientated cuisine. There is a relaxed and cosy atmosphere here in this living room style restaurant. Willemientje has been around for more than 30 years and has developed quie a name! Willemientje is named after Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the longst reigning monarch in Dutch history. The tapas at El Corru not only have that authentic Spanish flavour from Spain, but also a personal touch from the Aristayeta family. At Tapasbar El Corru you feel the warmth, sincerity and sociability during diner that you might have experienced in Spain. Japanese restaurant TAO is located close to the Central Station. The interior in Japanese-Asian style will make you feel right at home!




The ingredients of the good life take the main lead at Fellini, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, diner or for a clubnight! Party centre ‘t Bölke has a disco, dancing café and a sauna. With top end DJ’s, upcoming talent and the newest audio-visual gadgets the discothèque not only provides a hot sound but also a light- and laser show that is unprecedented in its kind. At last there is Aspen Valley! This is the party café of Enschede and beyond. It is well known for its rotating bar, enthusastic barmen and cocktails.