Gouda Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Gouda

November 1, 2017 Janette Largent

Lying about 15 miles northeast of Rotterdam, Gouda is most famous for its eponymous cheese. One of its most prized attractions, De Waag on the town square, was once a weighing house for cheese traders and now features an exhibit detailing the entire cheese making process. Also on the square is the 15th-century town hall, one of the oldest in the Netherlands. On Thursday mornings during the summer, the town’s Markt turns back into a traditional cheese market, something not to be missed.
Things to do in Gouda

1. Brunel

Hoge Gouwe 23, 2801 LA Gouda, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol European, Dutch, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +31 182 518 979
Excellent
49%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Brunel

Reviewed By Nicolaas - Lanaken, Belgium

Every year we visit Brunel to celebrate our mother's birthday. Long-time owners Sjoerd and Irma and their crew succeed again and again in maintaining a high level of hospitality and a great kitchen so we will surely be back again (anyway next year)!

2. Buiten Eten + Drinken

Oosthaven 23A, 2801 PC Gouda, The Netherlands Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Dutch, European, French, Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$283 +31 182 524 884
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Buiten Eten + Drinken

Reviewed By Difficultcove - United Kingdom

Visited this restaurant with a large party from work.
The restaurant had offered each of us a starter consisting of five samples of their starters and a choice of three main courses.
The presentation of the starters was excellent and they all tasted superb.
The main course was also very good.
One little issue was that many of us were beer drinkers and the restaurant had a limited choice and actually ran out of the preferred choice for many in the party.
We also noticed that the restaurant was not very busy. Maybe in the summer it is more popular.

3. Jean Marie

Oude brugweg 4, 2808 NP Gouda, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$212 - HK$432 +31 182 516 262
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Jean Marie

Reviewed By Elaine H

GREAT RESTAURANT!! We saw it on Michelin book and drawn in by "house-made smoked salmon", and it didn't fail our expectation. Wonderfully smoky, slightly sweet, great texture and mouthful overall. Jean Marie chef was also so nice to show us the smoking process. Highly recommend to anyone who travel to Gouda, it ended our trip with a mesmorizing dining experience.

4. New Tandoor

Lange Tiendeweg 49, 2801 KE Gouda, The Netherlands Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner +31 182 529 733
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

New Tandoor

Reviewed By Jacques W - Brussels, Belgium

Having tested several Indian restaurants over the last few months in different cities, New Tandoor was a disappointment. The restaurant is cosy, but for all the other parameters it was below all my recent experiences with Indian food. The service is very slow and everything but warm. Quantities are not generous, taste/texture of the food is not exceptional, and all this comes at a price I estimate a bit expensive. Overall an okay place for a peacful dinner but nothing to die for.

5. Gewoon Gouds

Markt 42-44, 2801 JK Gouda, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Dutch, Bar, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +31 182 529 216
Excellent
27%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 232 reviews

Gewoon Gouds

Reviewed By riverhouse103 - Roanoke, Virginia

We were staying over in Leiden but felt a trip to Gouda was a must. To buy cheese there just sounded so fun. We had lunch here as it is right in the town square. We had a couple great local beers and really good burgers. The service was a little slow but they were quite busy. I would definitely recommend this place but I wouldn't be in a hurry. They stay very busy.

6. Kamphuisen eet & drinklokaal

Hoge Gouwe 19, 2801 LA Gouda, The Netherlands Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Dutch, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +31 182 514 163
Excellent
48%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Kamphuisen eet & drinklokaal

2801 LA Gouda

Reviewed By Brittattas

I decided to give this place a try after Reading the reviews and it definitely did not disappoint. The food was excellent -I especially liked the lamb curry starter- and the wine was really good too. The staff was professional and friendly and the restaurant has a nice and relaxed ambiance. One of the best places in the city and perhaps even in the province. Worth taking a detour for if you're in the area.

7. Grand Cafe Central

Markt 22-23 Zeugstraat 9, 2801 JB Gouda, The Netherlands Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$94 - HK$220 +31 182 512 576
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 260 reviews

Grand Cafe Central

The Grand Cafe was founded in 1916 by the grand parents of the current owner. The expertise of almost 100 years hospitality makes this a unique place. The drive for best service and quality is the motivator to serve our guests. At a fair price we will welcome you and provide you with all the good things Gouda has to offer! For lunch, dinner, drinks and of course our world famous applepie we are opened 7 days a week. Looking foreward pampering you!

Reviewed By BOXtheFOX - Dublin

We made a Sunday day trip to the lovely little town of Gouda. Train tickets from Utrecht Central cost €13.60 return per person. It was very quiet when we arrived but around lunchtime it began to get a little busier. We stopped off for coffee and cake at the Grand Central Cafe to rest our weary legs. Two coffees and two cakes cost us €13.95. There was a brass band playing in the square.
Service with a smile.

8. Chocoladeatelier PUUR

Naaierstraat 4, 2801 NE Gouda, The Netherlands Dutch +31 182 338 374
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 37 reviews

Chocoladeatelier PUUR

Reviewed By RonaldP_NL - Gouda

This is amazing chocolate. This small shop makes the chocolates itself and the taste is amazing. All variaties of chocolates are amazing to see and taste. Don't hesitate to talk to the owner, he will happily tell you about his work.

9. Bij Ons

Koster Gijzensteeg 5, 2801 JV Gouda, The Netherlands Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Dutch, Seafood, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch +31 182 528 007
Excellent
54%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Bij Ons

Reviewed By Pietervhnl - Gouda, The Netherlands

Very nice restaurant in the heart of the City Center. The restaurant is upstairs, so don't be fooled if there is nobody in the small bar on the ground floor. The food is excellent, great flavours. Great choice of starters or enjoy them all in a big platter. Main courses we had a delicious duck and great catch of the day. Also great dishes. They have a very good winelist as well. Service is very attentive and friendly. After a nice coffee we asked for the check, which was also pleasant. Very much value for your money. I recommend this place!

10. L'Angolo Divino

Wijdstraat 9, 2801 KA Gouda, The Netherlands Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$78 - HK$573 +31 182 524 466
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

L'Angolo Divino

Reviewed By Whilboro - Torquay, United Kingdom

I so enjoy the experience when I happen on an excellent place unexpectedly. This evening I was in Gouda wandering around enjoying the architecture when the heavens opened. I took shelter in a doorway. It was this restaurant. I smiled at the sign: "a meal without wine is called breakfast" and thought it my sort of place so went in even though it was early. The food is quite outstanding. I had the black ravioli. The service I experienced was excellent. It is not cheap but food this good should not be. It is an art form. I was not surprised to get home and find it is the top restaurant in Gouda.

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