Hotels, restaurants, bars
There is much to see in and around Dordrecht, so it is a good idea to stay for the night. Discover the flavours of Dordrecht in restaurants and cafés. You can also try the spirits, beer and pastries originating from the city.
Get a good night's sleep and a great meal in Bellevue Groothoofd Hotel Culinair, which offers a view of the three-river confluence. Hotel Dordrecht offers romantically furnished rooms in the former residence of Frans Lebret, the Dordrecht painter. The modern Inner City Hotel is a couple of minutes' walk from the NS railway station and the city centre. Not directly in the inner city, but with their own parking and modern facilities, are the Bastion Hotel Dordrecht and Postillion Hotel Dordrecht. Close to the beautiful nature of the Biesbosch, you can stay in the Stayokay Hotel or Hotel Kop van 't Land.
Sleeping in a water tower
An exceptional place to stay the night is Villa Augustus on the site of the former Dordrecht waterworks. The rooms in the nineteenth century water tower have all been furnished differently. Gardens surround the tower and a restaurant and market café can be found in the former pumping station. The rooms in Hotel De Watertoren on the Kromme Zandweg offer you a view over the polders. The hotel has been created in the former water tower of Dubbeldam, a village that has now become a district of Dordrecht.
Bed & Breakfast
The B&Bs and other private accommodation offering overnight stays are small scale, homely and often very surprising. Above a violin workshop, close to the Grote Kerk, with a view of the harbours or conversely on the outskirts of the polder: there are numerous great addresses in Dordrecht. Ask for advice at the VVV or find a list of addresses on the VVV website.
Is one day not enough? Book a Discover Dordrecht weekend break, Ontdek Dordrecht, from the VVV and enjoy a relaxed visit to the city and the Biesbosch. You can choose between three inner city hotels. The package includes admission to the Dordrechts Museum or Huis van Gijn, a day ticket for the waterbus and a present from Dordrecht. Available throughout the year, arrival on either Friday or Saturday. More information>
Enjoy your meal
You can find different styles of places to eat or drink around the Scheffersplein and Statenplein, in the Nieuwstraat and on the Groenmarkt. Would you prefer to be closer to the water? There are many cafés and restaurants around the Groothoofd and near the Grote Kerk. In the summer, you can enjoy an Italian ice cream at Talamini or La Venezia. Would you prefer a beer? Café De Tijd is the place to be, it has an enormous selection of beers on tap and a beer menu.
‘Oude Simon' gin, a Dutch gin, cinnamon and almond liqueur, eau-de-vie from pears: these are all purely natural products made by Rutte & Zn. This Dutch gin and liqueur distillery has been distilling spirits at the corner of the Vriesestraat and the Stoofstraat since 1872. Don't forget to visit the attractive shop! The traditional Rijneveen distillery on the Groenmarkt also produces Dutch gins, absinth and liqueurs. It is possible for (small) groups to book a visit.
In the restored malthouse of De Sleutel, the historic Dordrecht brewery on the Buddingh'plein, they brew pure and delicious beer. The Schapenkopje [sheep's head] beer is available from several shops in Dordrecht. Every last Saturday afternoon of the month, you can take a tour of the Stadsbrouwerij.
Sensational flavours are created in the 'nJoy Chocolate studio. The traditionally made bonbons are so moreish. Olala Chocola, in a beautiful historic building on the Voorstraat, also entices passers-by with its chocolate creations. On Saturday afternoons, you can follow a bonbon-making workshop. The delicious Brokking hazelnut pastry is served in various cafés and restaurants. Ever tried 'appelmarijn' (a special apple pastry)? Draw up a chair in Konditorei Van der Sterre and enjoy.
Het Theewinkeltje in the Nieuwstraat offers an extensive range of teas, including a special Dordrecht and Biesbosch blend. At Christa's Cookies you can make a reservation for afternoon tea with Christa's homemade delicious cheesecake, scones, cookies and brownies. During a bicycle ride over the island of Dordrecht, you can take a break at the horse-milking parlour Shirestal De Griendheuvel. In the summer, you can visit the garden terrace where you can drink a glass of horse milk or a cup of coffee or tea.