Het Gegeven Paard is a charming coffee, cocktail bar and cafe that should be on your mist-visit list when travelling to or living in Utrecht. Although the name ‘Het Gegevan Paard” is somewhat elusive to those non-Dutch (such as myself); it has been explained to me as a common saying that implores one not to be dissatisfied or ungrateful when receiving a gift from someone. Definitely a concept I can get on board with!

You’ll find it neatly situated within the newly built Tivoli Vredenburg complex – but don’t let this fool you. The space not only plays host to concert-goers in the evening but is a great spot for a casual drink and bite to eat all day long (we love their boardgames!). Bring your study books or a newspaper to settle in or your friends and family for a catch-up over dinner then drinks at the lively bar. It truly is an all-day (and night) venue!


I quite like the idea of a Friday night post-work specialty cocktail here and for the lads; they specialise in whiskey – so you’ll be set for quite a few hours as you make your way down their extensive and well selected list.

On this occasion we were treated to a sugar-free homemade soda which was perfectly refreshing and a piece of their delicious homemade lemon cream cake. I’m told they serve a little piece of complimentary cake to give customers the opportunity to live up to the naming of the cafe – by graciously accepting the gift. I look forward to returning for those cocktails and a real bite!


With summer having just past us and the current construction works of the Singel in progress; I have a very strong hunch that this will become a waterside destination and place-to-be within the upcoming year. Their view over the new canal, once completed, will be second to none and with Utrechters love for the sun, the space their terrace offers will be brilliant.


Het Gegeven Paard is open daily from 10am – late.

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Dutchie Laura lived in Utrecht for 10 years. And the Domcity has developed ever since. More and more coffee bars have popped up and there are a lot of places to grab a sandwich on the go or stay for work. Best of all, Utrecht has a wide variety in of restaurants. Laura’s favorite? Anything with sushi, pasta, Indian, vegetarian, burgers, fish, meat, classic French… she’s not picky at all!

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