Groningen is a very vibrant city with many hotspots for you to visit, such as it’s great restaurants, amazing bars and never-ending nightlife.
There are too many restaurants in Groningen for us to list all of them here. You can find almost every type of cuisine too suit your taste and the great variety in price range makes sure that there is always something for your budget. However, be aware that the restaurants in the Netherlands may close a bit earlier than you are used to. Most kitchens close at 22:00, since most Dutch people have dinner between 18:00 and 20:00. You can find an overview of some restaurants in the city on The fork, including their rating. If you are looking for a more complete overview, you can also have a look at Tripadvisor and read the ratings from other visitors. Make sure to also have a look at the restaurants outside of the city of Groningen, since there are many great restaurants in the region. If you are looking for a meal with a discount, make sure to have a look at Het laatste tafeltje. This websites offer the ‘last tables’ in restaurants with major discounts. The offer is always only available on that day, but there are often many restaurants to choose from and some great deals for dinner, lunch or drinks. Interested in the culinary news of Groningen? Make sure to follow Oogst Groningen, who blog about this and many more interesting things.
The nightlife in Groningen has a quite unique feature: the bars have no closing hours. This means that the party does not end until you decide to leave, even if that is at 5 in the morning. If you want to go clubbing, you will find most clubs and bars at the Grote Markt and Poelestraat. For an overview of some of the clubs and upcoming parties, have a look at Stappen Groningen. For some recommendations on where to go, read this article from the students from GroningenLife. Besides clubs, Groningen also has a lot of bars and pubs that are perfect for a nice drink with some friends. Here you can find a short overview of some of the bars in Groningen.