Sidewalk Cafés

A restaurant spills onto the street.

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.

It just got easier to find a place to sit at our local bakery and café.

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.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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