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Cafe Barrera

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Rapenburg 56, 2311 EX, Leiden, The Netherlands
+31 71 514 6631
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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133 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Sat down to have some light lunch at their outside tables. It was a beautiful sunny day and the temperature around 19 - fantastic. To start it took 15 minutes to grab the attention of the waiter. Then 40 minutes to get a toast and some bitterballen - then they forget the ketchup and mayo. To get it I had... More 

Thank zepedro99
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

Following your visit to The Hortus botanicus of Leiden (one of the oldest botanical garden of the Netherlands, and one of the oldest in the world)you find this cute place to rest for drinks or lunch, facing across the entrance to the botanical garden (University of Leiden). The day we visited it was a sunny one and here you can... More 

Thank Chrysoula K
Willem a, Manager at Cafe Barrera, responded to this review

thank you , hope to see you again soon, More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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766 reviews
441 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2017

Stopped here for a warm soup lunch on a snowy day. Had been here a few times some years ago, and was happy to find it just as good. Had the best pea soup I've had anywhere! A really nice bar.

Thank crawfie
Tel Aviv
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8 reviews
Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Slow service, rude personel. We had to wait at least 30min on the food. We orderd simpel food like toast and burger. They blamed the slow service on that it was a lot of customers. Not true. The view was good.

Thank Tomas B
Potsdam, New York
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2016

Overlooking one of the canals, and the University of Leiden, it is a perfect location, also near the old cathedral and Pilgrim Museum. The food is good, the beer was cold, all in all a nice place to sit down and enjoy the afternoon. The locale is on one of most picturesque canals in town, and not near the very... More 

Thank JohnandAnneKSKY
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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287 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2016

This bar is located at a famous location, wellknown from one of the most famous dutch movies. It serves some simple but nice dishes. It is usually crowded with students and their families, when waiting for, or coming back from their graduation in the university buildings across the canal/street.

Thank NLcycle
Prague, Czech Republic
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165 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Had quick lunch here while visiting the town. Good central location near the main church. Outside tables are nice for people watching. The lunch menu is much simpler than their dinner menu, but our burgers, sandwiches and onion rings were all tasty and generously made. Service was friendly and efficient.

Thank hanicka
Willem a, Eigenaar at Cafe Barrera, responded to this review

thank you, hope to see you again More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2016

We were largely underwhelmed with our dinner here at Cafe Barrera. We stumbled upon this place on a late Sunday afternoon as not much else was open in the area. If you are looking for a typical bar-style place to meet friends for a drink, coffee, and some nibbles, this place is all right. It is situated right next to... More 

Thank shiva1291
Willem a, Eigenaar at Cafe Barrera, responded to this review

sorry, you had to wait longer than expacted , but you liked our food, its pub style as you noticed. kind regards willem More 

Columbia, Missouri
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708 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2016

One of the signature cafes in Leiden, on a beautiful canal, right across from the main building of the university. Purportedly, this was also a favorite of the current king during his student days in Leiden. A nice place for a coffee during the day or a beer in the evening; excellent venue for people watching with its large windows... More 

Thank LMOverby
Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2016

I haven't eaten here, but have come for drinks. We had shots of something fruity - delicious! In a good location, close to Pieterskerk and the university.

Thank 341claire

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $19
American, Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rapenburg 56, 2311 EX, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  South Holland Province  >  Leiden
  • Phone Number: +31 71 514 6631

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?