De Librije is the best place to eat in the Netherlands: Lekker magazine

Restaurant-De-Librije-Restaurant De Librije in Zwolle is the best place to eat in the Netherlands, knocking Inter Scaldes in the Zeeland village of Kruiningen off the top spot, according to the jury of foodie magazine Lekker.

Number three on the list is De Leest in Vaassen – a village between Zwolle and Apeldoorn –  which was second last year.

De Librije moved last year from its town centre building to Librije’s hotel, which is located in a former prison. The restaurant is located under a glass roof in the former exercise yard.

The change in location may have had a role in the vote, Lekker editor-in-chief Annelies Pijper told news agency ANP. The difference between the top three in the list is minimal, she said. ‘It is like choosing between Mozart and Bach – almost impossible.’

Lekker magazine draws up a list of the best 500 places to eat in the Netherlands every year. This year, for example, Rotterdam has two restaurants in the top 10, while Amsterdam has none.

The new Lekker top 10

1 De Librije, Zwolle
2 Inter Scaldes, Kruiningen
3 De Leest, Vaassen
4 Boreas, Heeze
5 Joelia, Rotterdam
6 De Lindenhof, Giethoorn
7 Beluga, Maastricht
8 Da Vinci, Maasbracht
9 FG Restaurant, Rotterdam
10 Pure C, Cadzand

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