Het Nutshuis Cafe is where I come to hide if I can’t handle the crowds in town. It’s unbelievable how tranquil it is yet right in the city centre. It’s such a brilliant place that I don’t understand why it isn’t busier all the time. The garden which is like a hidden courtyard is surrounded by the back of a hotel, a multi-level parking garage and residential housing on the other. Doesn’t sound very relaxing, right? But the garden has been landscaped in such a way that there are lots of spots to sit, either to enjoy your food or to enjoy the garden itself. Even the parking garage does not ruin the vibe but adds to the overall effect, because it has been transformed into a huge living wall bringing more greenery into the city.
The cafe here is run by the same owners of cafe Juni and their food is great. You can help yourself buffet-style to salads or soup are on offer (changes daily) and take your plate to the till where they will weigh it. Coffee and cakes are also delicious here.
The Nutshuis itself is a beautiful building which was formerly a bank and is now office to various organisations and an independent platform for art, culture and society. The vault of the former bank has been transformed into a cinema and the main atrium is often open to the public and showing an exhibition.