Last week we were feeling a little fancy and so we decided to visit a very special restaurant: Le Jardin. This lovely restaurant is located on the Mariaplaats and offers multiple course dishes for the higher segment. When visiting Le Jardin one of the first things that will catch your eye is how beautiful the sunlight is coming through the glass roof. The place feels so green, light and bright! And the best thing: After finishing a delicious meal you hop over to their inside florist for a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Costs: €27 for a 3-course lunch Location: Mariaplaats 42

After an intensive reconstruction Le Jardin started around two and a half years ago as a new concept and restaurant. Their main focus is preparing food from the area with many vegetables, herbs. That does not mean they don’t serve any meat or fish, but the centre of attention will always be the fresh vegetables from the season. We chose to go for a lunch, because we really wanted to check out the greenhouse garden kind of vibe.

If you think that a lunch always means eating bread, think twice! A lunch at Le Jardin is way more than that. We took the surprise menu because we really wanted to taste everything that Le Jardin had to offer. Definitely not a bad choice! Some of the dishes we ate were apple compote with beetroot, coalfish filet with a cornflake crumble and portobello and fresh strawberries with rhubarb and a pannacotta of buttermilk. You could really taste that all the food cooked with passion and freshly prepared.

What makes Le Jardin really unique is their total garden experience. The interior is very bright, they created three small greenhouses inside the restaurant and don’t forget about the florist! We have never been to a restaurant that is a florist as well and we really like it. If you are looking for a unique restaurant experience than Le Jardin is definitely the place for you to go!


  • Delicious food prepared with a lot of passion
  • Unique urban garden setting and nice interior
  • It is a restaurant and florist in one, so nice!


  • The idea of sitting in a greenhouse disappears a little bit by night

Have you met..Maaike? Maaike is a 20 something year old Utrecht based master student in Amsterdam. After some time as a content marketeer she decided to take the plunge, so since January 2017 she’s back to being a fulltime student with a parttime job. But even with a tight budget Utrecht is just as much enjoyable! This busy bee is always on the move and has a nose for cheap but nice places to visit in Utrecht. Follow her posts by searching #maaikeinutrecht or check out her personal Instagram with tips for all over the Netherlands

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