(1.25 miles / 2 kilometres)
When I think of autumn I see the Brouwersgracht. There's no objective reason for this but this walk does give Autumn the pedastal it deserves. It's being able to hug the canal for such lovely long stretches and the cosy feel of the little streets that intersect with the canals. It's lovely on a golden September day but equally enjoyable on a sodden and blustery October evening.
Brouwersgracht, Langestraat, and Herenmarkt Walk (follow link to see in Google maps)
While this is essentially a residential area, the Haarlemmerstraat is a street with every kind of shop, café and restaurant imaginable and is brimful of buzz.
The Cinema The Movies is also here and worth a visit if only to admire the Art Deco design. They do show good movies however.
The Noorderkerk is a wonderful sight but there's a market on Mondays and Saturdays so keep that in mind. The Saturday market is a Farmer's market and not to be sniffed at!
As with all the walks, this can be varied depending on whether you want more canalside or more of the little streets. There are pubs and cafés in abundance and these can be very enticing as evening falls and their warm lights beckon you in.
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Although there are loads of nice places in this area, here are three favourites:
Haarlemmerstraat 79A. Open for coffee, lunch or afternoon snack from 9.30 – 17.00 except on Tuesdays!
Great Italian tramezzini sandwiches, pricey but delicious. You could take a few and enjoy them on a waterside bench too.
Brouwersgracht 139. Open 9 – 17.30 for coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and their sweet and savoury fare is really delicious.
Brouwersgracht 60. Restaurant food open daily for lunch and dinner.
Inside it is both cosy and beautiful but their waterside tables, perched on the canal, are perfect for a sunny lunch on a golden September day.