Leiden Travel Blog› entry 18 of 27 › view all entries
September 5th, 2009 – by: moshers_moll
The city has a similar feel as places such as Amsterdam and Delft with the many canals running through the centre, along with the Old Rhine, which means one thing: boat trip time! Leiden has been a University town since 1575 and is twinned with Oxford - home to Englands oldest University. It was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday, we didn't see that many students, not as many as I thought anyhow, but we didn't venture much into the newer part and regular shopping streets.
One good thing about this predominantly being known for a student town: cheap beer & eateries! At least that's what we thought til we ventured into the North End themed English pub, what a rip off! Who's gonna pay for 5 euros for a pint when you can go into a Dutch bar and sample local beers along with an array of gorgeous Belgian beers for half the price. How stupid do they think us foreigners are!! ;-)
Lunch was in the form of Italian from the Hotel Mayflower. Highly recommend this place. Absolutely divine large, thin crust pizza's from 5 Euros. I made the mistake of ordering a ham,pesto and mozzarella panini, though it was yummy it was on the small side and no side salad with it. My mouth was watering when everyone elses Pizzas arrived.
If like me you love a bit of shopping, there are many fabulous, independant shops down the quaint, cobbled streets around the Market Square and St Pieterskerk. A great city, well worth a visit.
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