Which parts of Utrecht have you seen? Besides the city centre, Utrecht has numerous nice areas to visit and look around in. These are the little neighbourhoods surrounding the city centre but there are also some further away where cheap groceries, amazing bars or that perfect ice cream are to be found. This upcoming blog series will give you some insights into a variety of must-see neighbourhoods in Utrecht and what aspects you should not forget to keep in mind when visiting!
The first one to kick off this series is Wittevrouwen! Wittevrouwen (which translates as White Women) is located behind the Biltstraat and near the Griftpark so it is very close to the city centre. This will make it an easy first stop for you to take a little venture trip once you’re near the centre.
Background of Wittevrouwen
First, a short historical overview. The name Wittevrouwen is derived from the old convent that used to be located there where the nuns wore white habits. Before the city walls were broken down and the city expanded, Wittevrouwen used to form the entrance to the famous trade route coming from the Bilt into Utrecht. It is a neighbourhood with small-scale clustered housing and it is currently popular amongst students, young families and young workers, making it a lively environment for whichever visitor happens to be strolling around. Below you’ll find some reasons why you should definitely pay a visit during your stay in Utrecht.
Old meets new
Within Wittevrouwen you can find old buildings that used to be part of the veterinary faculty of the university. When the faculty relocated to the Uithof, these buildings were converted to contribute to the neighbourhood. The buildings are all located around the Veeartsenijstraat; a narrow street which weaves itself through a little park next to a small canal – which is one of the prettier ones actually, forget about the Oudegracht! . The old horse stallions were converted into cute houses and the riding school was renovated as a theatre where theatre groups of Utrecht still practise and perform (look it up; the Paardenkathedraal). So if you have time, check it out for a performance!
Another (even more important) highlight is the ice cream café (Roberto’s Gelato) located on the Poortstraat; this café is currently holds place 29 on the world list of best icecreams! So definitely take a look here when you´re around; the staff there is incredibly nice and will help in choosing the perfect ice cream for you.
Chill days & evenings
Last but not least, Wittevrouwen hosts its own selection of nice bars and cafés that you should not overlook when you want to go for a nice lunch, dinner or a few drinks in the evening (actually, all three provided links provide lunch, dinner and drinks). If you stroll around you’ll find them easily and I´d advise you to just try out a few. Most are located near the Poortstraat near the park!
Let us know which bar is your favourite or which ice cream you have tried!