Hot spot Leiden: Lot & de Walvis

Residents of Leiden and its surroundings are flocking to a new hip restaurant in the city: Lot & de walvis, which means Lot and the whale. The restaurant is located a stone throw away from the Leidse Poort, with a waterfront outside terrace overlooking the harbour with its many leisure boats. The best thing is that the outside terrace is always sunny. Hence a perfect spot for summer days and evenings. IMG_5694IMG_5586IMG_5582IMG_5585

The interior is carefully curated, telling the story of Lot who traveled the world in her vintage van which she named Whale. After returning from her journeys, packed with souvenirs and pretty finds she collected, she decorated her new home, this restaurant. The place does feel like a living room. There are in fact three different spaces: the living room with a vintage vibe, the green and airy bar, and the dining space and lounge area with an Ibiza-style, hippie vibe.Lot en de walvis bar

The bar area is airy and minimalistic with wooden paneled walls, vintage school chairs and hanging plants. Here you can enjoy the best gin and tonic, a glass of wine, or a nice lunch with friends.IMG_5691IMG_5686Lot en de walvis

The dining space and lounge area has a real hippie vibe with its comfortable pillows, and hippie accessories. A great spot for dinner and relaxing. Lot en de walvisIMG_5615IMG_5632IMG_5630IMG_5636IMG_5620IMG_5627IMG_5643

The living room is decorated with vintage furniture, kilims and a large communal table. Here’s where you can listen to music, read, or just talk with coffee and tea. In one corner you see an old record player, in the other a guitar.Lot en de walvisIMG_5656IMG_5676Lot en de walvis livingroomIMG_5680IMG_5661

It is a place where you can escape the crowds and enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks in a laid-back atmosphere.On sunny days, they turn on the barbecue, and sometimes there is a live band or DJ. For breakfast I recommend the fluffy American pancakes or eggs benedict. The coffee is the best, and inside there are three complimentary flavoured water taps.

Lot en de Walvis – Haven 1, Leiden


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