The Dutch city of Delft, known for its iconic blue and white pottery and as the home of Johannes Vermeer, is a charming spot for a day trip or short break in the Netherlands. As a town that attracts a lot of tourists (especially during the summer months), the choice of eateries can be somewhat overwhelming. I hope this little Delft restaurant and cafe guide will help you find some tasty sustenance during your visit.
If you’re looking for a lunch in Delft, I highly recommend a visit to Kek. I must admit that I was drawn in by the Scandi-inspired interior, with its natural wood furnishings and log wall, but this bustling eatery has the substance to match the style. The friendly and attentive service, yummy food and good coffee is why it is one of my top picks for Delft. Being a sucker for anything containing truffle mayo I opted for the veggie toasty which did not disappoint.
‘t Postkantoor was one of those places that caught our eye as we strolled past. Unlike many of the small cosy restaurants in Delft, this eatery is located in a grand, high-ceilinged building which used to be the city’s post office. Inside, the large open space retains it’s warm atmosphere with its mid-century furniture, Moroccan light fixtures and scattering of houseplants. ‘t Postkantoor is open for both lunch and dinner, as well as just drinks. As well as the standard dinner menu in the evening, they also offer a “dish of the day” for only €12.50.
THUIS by Ladera
I must admit that I don’t often eat Dutch cuisine, it’s just not that easy to come by. Eating at THUIS by Ladera felt a little like having dinner at someones house rather than a restaurant. The combination of home-cooked food, friendly owners and homely interior selections made for an extremely relaxed atmosphere without a hint of pretence. There is a large chalkboard to choose from including Dutch favourites such as pancakes and gehaktballen (Dutch meatballs). This isn’t fine dining, but when you can enjoy a hefty plate of stamppot met rookworst (a Dutch potato and vegetable mash with sausage) for just €8, who cares?
This deli-cum-cafe-cum-restaurant really feels like you’re stepping into the “Little Italy” of Delft. Locals zip in and out to pick up their cheeses, meats and other treats from the deli counter, whilst those enjoying a more lazy afternoon sip espressos at the checkered cloth clad tables. There’s a real energy to Il Tartufo, owing perhaps to the larger than life owner, and the buzz from the constant comings and goings. But let’s also talk about the food. It’s good. Really good. We were there for lunch and tucked into sandwiches using ingredients from the deli counter, washed down with a top-notch Italian coffee (or two).
Cafe Diner de Pelicaan
Ok so I must admit I’m being a little naughty here and including somewhere I haven’t actually visited (not something I would normally do). Sadly de Pelicaan was fully booked for the evening we wanted to dine, which in itself is surely a testament to how good it is. The restaurant was recommended by our Airbnb host and I’m always a big fan of local recommendations (just one of the many reasons I love using Airbnb). Again, I can’t give a personal review of the food but our host – a man of expectational taste if his home was anything to go by – said it was when of the best eateries in Delft.