A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Groningen - 3 min read

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Lix caught up with Tim Brons, a University of Groningen business and economics student, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Groningen on a student budget. Check out his top three’s! 

Where to eat? 

Feel Good 
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 29, 9712 EB Groningen, Netherlands

Head to this cozy joint on the popular Oude Kijk in ‘t Janstraat in the university quarter for a very colorful (and delicious) breakfast. This vegetarian kitchen serves up everything from French toast (made with almond milk) to acai bowls and power juices. With loads of healthy ingredients in every bite, come here to start your day off on the right foot. But breakfast isn’t the only option—try their tasty lunch menu, packed with fresh salads and mouth-watering sandwiches. 

Konbu Street Food
Oosterstraat 10, 9711 NT Groningen, Netherlands

See what all the hype is about at Konbu Street Food. Serving up tasty Southeast Asian food, things like homemade Vietnamese Pho and insanely good Japanese Ramen, Konbu Street Food definitely won’t disappoint. Even better, eating here won’t cost you an arm and a leg. 

Gedempte Zuiderdiep 39-41, 9711 HB Groningen, Netherlands

A local favorite, Wadapartja, is an all-day café serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. This organic hotspot has something for everyone, satisfying the cravings of both meat-lovers and vegetarians. Try their pulled mushroom sandwich with BBQ sauce—delicious! Or enjoy a hot cup of coffee or fresh mint tea while studying for your exams.

Where to drink?

De Uurwerker 
Uurwerkersplein 1, 9712 EJ Groningen, Netherlands

Head to De Uurwerker every Friday night for unprecedented mayhem—in the best possible way! Listen to some chill beats while enjoying a late afternoon drink amongst a mixed crowd of students and locals. And when you’re feeling a bit peckish, the kitchen serves up some delicious wood-oven baked pizza. Snag a wooden picnic table and eat your pizza under a canopy of lights in the cozy outdoor space. 

De Drie Gezusters
Grote Markt, 36-39, 9711 LV Groningen, Netherlands

The amazing terrace at De Drie Gezusters is the ideal spot near the Grote Markt to relax and have a drink. This ideal hangout is filled with students enjoying the late summer sun or taking a much-needed study break. And in the winter, let the outdoor heaters keep you warm while still enjoying the views of the city. Once here, you’ll never want to leave. Make sure you get a taste of their famous nachos while drinking a Brown Jenever with Ginger Ale!

Mr. Mofongo
Oude Boteringestraat 26, 9712 GJ Groningen, Netherlands

If you fancy drinking classy cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, head over to Mr. Mofongo! This bar is inspired by travelers and their incredible stories. And Mr. Mofongo surely won’t disappoint—having been rated as the best cocktail bar in the Netherlands. Even if you’re not into cocktails, you can still have an incredible evening. Visit their rooftop wine bar and let a robotic hand select your glass of wine. There’s more. The robot will tell all about the glass of wine you’re about to drink. Cheers.

Where to shop?

Zwanestraat, 9712 CM Groningen, Netherlands

Voted the most beautiful shopping street in the Netherlands, Zwanestraat is a must for both shopaholics and window browsers. With a stunning view of the Martini Tower, Zwanestraat is filled with small boutiques, delis and restaurants. 

Reisboekwinkel de Zwerver
Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 43, 9712 EC Groningen, Netherlands

This sweet little travel bookshop is the perfect pit stop after a long day shopping on Zwanestraat. Although the English selection is small, you could literally lose yourself for well over an hour gazing at the beautiful mugs, maps and notebooks. 

Herestraat, 9711 LA Groningen, Netherlands

The Herestraat is the longest shopping street in Groningen and the perfect spot for students since most stores offer discounts and sales. From well-known clothing brands to accessories and shoes, the Herestraat has it all. And trust me, you’ll never leave the street empty-handed.

Where to be entertained? 

9711 VV Groningen, Netherlands

Perfectly located, just a few hundred meters from central Groningen, you’ll find this pristine garden. Take a break from studying and stroll through the beautiful park free of charge. With a hedge labyrinth, a variety of roses and herbs and a lush, vine-covered archway, Prinsentuin makes for the perfect afternoon getaway. 

9712 XG Groningen, Netherlands

This one-kilometer long exquisite park is lined with old beech and poplar trees. Its crisscrossed cycle paths weave around the ponds, where you’ll find students studying in the grassy areas. In the summer, Noorderplantsoen plays host to all sorts of events, from festivals and live music to food trucks, and is home ground to students relaxing or lighting up the BBQ!

Martini Tower
Martinikerkhof 3, 9712 JG Groningen, Netherlands

Climb the 500-year-old gothic tower for the best views over Groningen (only €3.00). Or enter the church, where you can ogle at the vaulted ceiling and ancient organ pipes (only €1.00). The church hosts many events, including the university art exhibition, so make sure to check the event calendar before visiting. 

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