5x Eating spots in Zoetermeer

Found yourself in the area of Zoetermeer with a big appetite? We know just where you need to go!

Located in the province of South Holland, Zoetermeer is the third-largest population hotspot in its region, after the renowned cities of Rotterdam and The Hague. The name Zoetermeer literally translates to "Sweet lake", making it known amongst locals as the Sweet Lake City. Below we count our top 5 eating spots in the city of Zoetermeer!

#1 The Old Pal

Located in the heart of the city, The Old Pal is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Zoetermeer. Whether you are going for lunch or dinner, here you can find generous meals made with quality food and for a great price! The service is friendly and fast. The Old Pal has a cozy pub atmosphere with wooden details and ambient light. The heated terraces are opened all year round, making it a great option for those who prefer to enjoy the outdoors while serving a good meal. Next to the great kitchen, The Old Pal also offers an amazing drinks selection with over 30 different kinds of beer and a top-notch wine collection for the most passionate wine lovers.

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#2 Soso Restaurant

A tropical gem in the center of Zoetermeer, Soso Restaurant could not be missed from our top favorite eating spots in this city! At Soso, you can find a unique food selection of South American cuisines, including Surinamese-Javanese dishes, Argentinian stakes, and Brazilian cocktails. Among these tropical delicacies, we count satay, pom, roti, saoto soup, and the so-called "soul bites" which are sure to bring about some authentic flavors, and believe me - they will not disappoint. Vegan and vegetarian options are also on the menu! The food at Soso is 100% fresh and prepared according to original recipes created by people who not only love food, but they live for it. The tropical interior and open kitchen will surely make you feel as though you have teleported to South America.

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#3 Happy Italy

A happy place for the best Italian food in town! Happy Italy is one of the best restaurants in Zoetermeer and just as the name suggests, it is a great option if you want to enjoy an amazing Italian dinner for a good price. The restaurant is located in the city center and has a chic interior with modern decor and an overall laid-back vibe. The menu is varied and offers lots of options to suit everyone's taste, from pasta and pizza (including vegan and vegetarian!) to paninis and wonderful desserts as well as sweet pizzas to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. The portions at Happy Italy are very generous and the price/quality ratio is outstanding. Combining the great food with their friendly service, you'll get a perfect restaurant experience for your night out!

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#4 Bij Foodie

Bij Foodie is one of the go-to eating spots in Zoetermeer. Located right next to the train station, Bij Foodie is a great lunchroom in a beautifully decorated space with quirky vintage vibes. The food at this restaurant is generally very tasty, with a great selection of sandwiches and fresh products. Some of their specialties include a delicious cookie box with 4 tasty cookies, and a very generous high tea - especially great for the foodies out there. Bij Foodie also provides catering services for businesses or private parties.

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#5 Proeflokaal Bregje

Last but not least, our top 5 favorite restaurants in Zoetermeer couldn't have been complete without the famous Proeflokaal Bregje. At this beautiful location, you can find various delicious dishes, ranging from starters to meaty specialties (to name a few: spare ribs, pork tenderloin, satay, burrito, or meat platter), to vegetarian delicacies and desserts. In addition to the delicious food, Proeflokaal Bregje has a wide selection of drinks such as beers and wines, making it a great location even if you just want to grab a drink in the city. The restaurant has a modern look and stylish decor and incorporates a beautiful terrace that is always filled with people and lots of laughter. As for the service, the staff at this restaurant is friendly and attentive, perfectly completing the dining experience at Proeflokaal Bregje!

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written by Ana

I'm a cheerful and curious person, passionate about photography and everything that comes with it. As a fellow international, I moved to The Netherlands to study and decided to stay here after falling deeply in love with the culture, people and the beautiful Dutch cities and their canals!