Hot spot Leiden: Jeanpagne


The most recent addition to culinary Leiden is the small and cozy bistro Jeanpagne on Nieuwe Rijn 27 . A gorgeous light and breezy space where you can flock to all day for either coffee, lunch, appetizers, or dinner. The owner has travelled to many places but always had a special connection with France. Opening a French bistro style restaurant was therefore an obvious choice.  The menu is versatile and changes regularly as they cook with seasonal produce. Fish, chicken or meat, pasta or a salad, there is plenty to choose from. They also have a fine selection of wines.

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In the open kitchen, the no frills but very tasty dishes are prepared with much passion. Focal point is the glass roof and the striking Portugese tiled floor. A large Moulin Rouge/cabaret style statement photo completes the elegant vibe of the space. The photo is called ‘Femmes à la table’ by Marcel van der Voorst

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On the wall there are quintessential French brasserie lamps.

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The bespoke, and typical French bar was flown in from France (Paris – Dax). The owner predicted years ago that if he ever opened a restaurant, he would get this bar.

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I tried the Club sandwich and it was pretty good! Next time I’m going for dinner. Jeanpagne is hands down a place where friendly service and good food will win you over to return.

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