So, you are traveling to Haarlem? Fantastic choice to explore a gorgeous dutch city located next to the beach. Haarlem is a picturesque little city famous for its tulip trade, art museums, and beautiful traditional houses.
It is also the home to the hotel “Hello I’m Local“, an accommodation with a tranquil vibe for the slow traveler!
We picked the brain of the Hello I’m Local Team to bring you this travel guide with secret things to do in Haarlem. They are the perfect people to give recommendations in Haarlem outside the tourist box!
We cover great bike rides, beach, nature, tasty food and drinks to enjoy!
So you have the choice to stay inside busy Amsterdam or stay in the more tranquil Haarlem. If you head over to Amsterdam, here are our 5 Local Tips Amsterdam!
We share with you following 5 Tips for Haarlem:
Ride to a cool beach bar – Sustainable efforts, beautiful design, and hip vibes!
Yum! A recommended Restaurant in Industrial Decor
get to know Haarlem from a different angle
another unique dutch bike ride and outdoor recommendations
a truly local things to do in Haarlem
1. Ride to the beach: San Blas Beach Bar
Sun is shining, time for some beach adventures! Rent a bike and cycle through the National Park on a beautiful summer day to Bloemendaal or Zandvoort beach. Relax, get tanned, have a drink or lunch at one of the beach bars and dance till moonlight at the best beach parties.
One of our favorite beach bars is San Blas at Bloemendaal beach. San Blas is a sustainable beautiful designed beach bar. A rooftop covered by solar panels, build with sustainable materials and all their products delivered without packaging. This bar has a great terrace to relax on a spring or summer day with lots of nice organic yummies on the menu.
During winter you can dream away next to the fireplace with a hot chocolate watching the ocean towards large glass sliding doors.
Open: All year round every day from 09:00 till 23:00 Also great to celebrate a big party, check www.sanblas.nl
Address: Zeeweg 84, 2051 EC Overveen, Haarlem
2. Fortuyn – Restaurant in Industrial Decor
So many treasures in the city, which one too choose for lunch or dinner?
Fortuyn is one of the treasures we would like to share with you. This place is beautiful decorated with a mix of industrial interior and old details in a monumental building. In the open kitchen the chefs are working with a great charcoal oven.
You can enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner. All the dishes are made of sustainable and organic products, all local and so yummie. With a coffee or one of the famous cocktails you can check out the hustle and bustle on the Grote Markt facing the great church.
Looking for a local experience? Nothing beats riding around on an old school Dutch bicycle. There are some great places to go.
Go check out the tulip fields in bloom in March-May or take a ride to Spaarndam and check out Hansje Brinker. Definitely check out the beautiful “Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland”. Ok, you will not find any elephants, but we do have or own local bison’s!
Through the National Park it will take you about 1 hour to get to the beach.
The local market in Haarlem on Saturday is nominated as one of the best markets in the country. No surprise, because you will find the biggest collection of local treats like flowers, Dutch candy and awesome cheeses.
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality accommodation, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.