Culinary heroes of Zwolle

by Emiel van den Boomen on October 18, 2016

This is a story about heroes.
Culinary heroes, both the unsung as well as world-famous ones.

The heroes in this blogpost have a few things in common. They share a passion for honest food and all live in or around the city of Zwolle.

Coincidence? What’s going on in that Dutch city? And who are these culinary heroes?

Zwolle, the Netherlands

I will explain soon, but first something about the city itself. Zwolle is a hanseatic city in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands. First mentions about Zwolle were found in a document from the year 1040. It’s one of those Dutch cities with historic buildings all over the place (like my hometown Deventer); it’s one big open air museum!

Zwolle city

zwolle_city

One of the city’s biggest eye-catchers nowadays is De Fundatie: an art museum with a huge shiny egg on top of it! The original neoclassical building was built in 1838 and the spectacular expansion on top was added in 2012. Residents came up with multiple nicknames for this expansion: the eye, the egg, the spaceship, the rugby ball or the UFO. Let’s go for the eye. The eye is covered with 55,000 ceramic tiles, changing color depending on the weather and the amount of sunlight. It’s like a ceramic cloud hanging over the historic building… From inside you have a great view of the city of Zwolle. The museum offers a variety of temporary art exhibitions.

Museum de Fundatie

zwolle_fundatie

Another place not to be missed in Zwolle is a bookstore. But not just any bookstore. Waanders in de Broeren is a church. No prayers and confessions anymore, but thousands of books and great coffee.

Waanders in den Broeren

Waanders in de Broeren

Next to an awesome museum, an inspiring bookstore, cobblestone streets, and canals, what else does Zwolle offer? Well: food!

Zwolle is known for being the culinary capital of the Netherlands. Culinary lovers might recognize Zwolle as being the hometown of De Librije, a Michelin three-star rated restaurant run by Thérèse and Jonnie Boer. De Librije received their 3rd Michelin star in 2004, being the second restaurant in the Netherlands to receive this honor.

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