Breda

Breda travel guide

Breda is a charming city located in the southern part of the Netherlands, close to the Belgian border. This cozy city is a hidden gem that often gets overlooked by tourists, but it has so much to offer. From its beautiful historic architecture to its vibrant food scene, there is something for everyone in Breda. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or just want to explore some new restaurants, Breda is the perfect destination for you. We are happy to share our ultimate Breda travel guide with top tips on what to do and where to eat, so you can explore the best of Breda.

🇳🇱 Language: Dutch, English widely spoken
💰 Currency: Euro
Best time to visit: June to September

The best things to do in Breda

Enjoy some shopping at De Barones

Breda has one of the coziest shopping streets and shopping centers. In the Karrestraat and Eindstraat you can find a lot of stores such as the Zara, Levi’s, Hunkemöller, Calzedonia,… For the best shopping experience, we recommend going to De Barones. This shopping center has a wide range of popular shops, including Bershka, Mango, Pull&Bear and ONLY. Besides fashion stores, you also have other stores such as Xenos, Etos, The Body Shop,… If you need a break from shopping, you can grab a coffee at ‘Koffie bij Teun’! When we visited, it was De Barones’s 25th Anniversary and everyone that spent € 15 or more in the shopping center got a free ticket for the “GoldGrabber”, a claw machine. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but we saw plenty other people who did!

Where: De Barones

Wonder at the Grote Kerk

De Grote Kerk

If you’ve done some shopping in the Karrestraat, you’ve undoubtedly already spotted de Grote Kerk with its 97-meter-high tower. The church, completed in 1547, is located in the center of Breda and the city’s most important monument and landmark. It was built in the style of Brabant Gothic and has been restored several times over time. A fun fact about this church is that, on some days, you can even climb it!

Where: Kerkplein 2

Play some games at Gamestate

Gamestate

One of the biggest reasons we wanted to visit Breda, was because Kelvin loooves arcade games. Whether it’s dancing all night to the sounds of “Dance dance revolution” or just scoring some three-pointers, he’s into it all. That’s why a visit to this Gamestate location can’t be skipped if you’re visiting Breda. Although the venue is rather small, there are countless games that can be played. Some airhockey, shooting hoops, racing or dancing, it’s all there!

Where: Grote Markt 17

Be amazed by the beauty of the Sint-Antoniuskathedraal

Sint-Antoniuskathedraal

Located in the heart of Breda you will find the Sint-Antoniuskathedraal. The cathedral church was built in 1837 and truly is an architectural gem. We really love the neoclassical style that is clearly visible in the front facade. It is one of the highlights of Breda and cannot be missed during your trip! Bonus points: it’s right around the corner of the “Grote Markt” (Main Square), where you can find countless cafés, bars, restaurants, and: Gamestate!

Where: Sint Janstraat 8

Where to eat in Breda

Teds

Breda travel guide: Teds

If you have read our top 10 food favorites in Amsterdam, you probably already know that we are a big fan of Teds. Teds offers all day brunch, with a variety of savory and sweet options to choose from.

This time we ordered the Croque Wanita and Croquettes & Shrooms. The Croque Wanita is a croque madam with slow cooked beef Rendang, a lot of cheese and a crispy fried chili egg on top. We just loved the perfect balance of flavors and textures! The Croquettes & Shrooms is a vegan dish with two vegan croquettes, avocado mash and chestnut mushrooms, all served on a slice of sourdough toast. The croquettes were really delicious, even as a non-vegan you can really enjoy these! They were crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside, just how a croquette should be. Last time, we were such a fan of the waffle fries topped with parmesan and truffle mayo, that we ordered them again as well. And as we are used to from Teds, the waffle fries again did not disappoint us!

To complete our brunch, we also ordered two mimosas. In our opinion, it is the perfect way to start your day. 😉 The best part is, the staff at Teds thinks so too so you won’t be judged, but rather applauded for it!

The interior is also really trendy and modern, with different quotes hanging on the wall. This gives the whole place a fun twist. Even going to the toilet is quite an experience, we won’t give anything away but make sure to visit the toilets. 🤩

Where: Parade 12

The Streetfood Club

The Streetfood Club

Another place that offers all day brunch is The Streetfood Club. As the name suggests, they focus on street food. Don’t expect the classic brunch dishes but be prepared for various international dishes such as dumplings and poke bowls.

We came here for lunch and ordered the Asian Streetfood Basket. You get five different sharing dishes like gyozas, dumplings and bao buns. Every dish was truly delicious and flavorful! It is hard to choose a favorite, we really enjoyed all the dishes. The only downside was the krupuk, for us this does not count as a full sharing dish, although it was nice to grab a quick bite now and then in between “real dishes”. The cocktail menu was also very extensive. If you’re looking for a creative and unique cocktail, definitely try the ‘Kiss from a Rose’! The surprising flavors of grapefruit rum, rose syrup and lychee make this an original cocktail you’ve never tasted before. The presentation was also incredible. 🤩 Not something you’d order? Fear not, as their cocktail menu (‘Around the world in 80 cocktails’) sure has something for you!

The interior is also definitely worth mentioning. The Streetfood Club has a lively and spacious interior with plants and lamps everywhere, creating an inviting atmosphere. We just loved the vibe here! They also have more intimate areas for the love birds among us. It really is a unique brunch experience and definitely worth checking out! Nice to know: in addition to the Breda location, they also have a location in Utrecht.

Where: Van Coothplein 17b

Foodhall

Breda travel guide: Foodhall

A cozy indoor market with different stands and cuisines, say no more! Foodhall features 12 different stands, making it the perfect destination for foodies who want to try something new and exciting. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, burgers, pizzas, or something sweet, you’ll find it all here.

Foodhall Breda

We tried several dishes, starting with a sushi plate from Ume. We got 4 different kinds of sushi and 11 pieces of sushi in total. The sushi was really fresh and we loved the variety of different rolls like shrimp and salmon! The price was really good as well, because we got all that for less than € 10. Next, we tried some chicken gyozas from Fooks Kitchen and a pastrami burger from The Loaded Food Bar. The star of the day was undoubtedly the pastrami burger! The burger was topped with cheddar, mozzarella, jalapeños and bell pepper, so flavorful! It was also a really large serving, Kelvin really had to put the work in to finish it all. 😂 If we have to recommend one dish it would be the pastrami burger!

We each ordered a Pornstar Martini with our food. The cocktail was nicely prepared -with a shot of cava added as it should be- and because we ordered two of the same cocktails, we got a nice discount!

Where: Reigerstraat 24

Where to stay in Breda

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