I’m continually amazed at how different Utrecht looks in the summertime. A big part of the city’s transformed appearance is thanks to the expansion of its numerous restaurants, bars, and cafés onto the side-walks and canal-sides.
What used to be no more than a grey pavement on a pedestrian side-street is now the extension of a restaurant dining area, with stylish tables and chairs placed outside next to an enticing menu board.
Each outdoor seating area is cuter than the next, every table decorated with a potted plant, a votive candle, a vase of fresh-cut flowers, or a colourful table setting. Every imaginable place has put a row of chairs and tables out front, no matter how small their strip of side-walk. Similarly, on the waterways, the strip of pavement at water-level has become one long outdoor restaurant that snakes along the canal.