December: the cosiest, child-friendliest, comfiest, coldest, most romantic, unhealthiest and most Dutch month of the year. You’re almost drowning in the pepernoten, visiting family members, ice skates, presents, Christmas trees, pea soup, snowflakes and Santa Clauses.However, is this a month to just spend inside, near the chimney? Absolutely not! There are plenty of things to do in Groningen to make this month even better than it already is! How? By following these tips.
Black & Bloom - Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 32
In case you end up in a heavy (snow) storm this month, it may be a good idea to plump down on one of the sofas in the cutest coffee bar in Groningen. Since they have the most creative coffee flavours of exceptional quality and a wide variety of homemade pies, this is the perfect place to relax after a long day of studying. Highly recommended is the malteser latte with raspberry cheesecake, made by Karin, who is the owners’ partner, a professional confectioner and who is responsible for everything that’s edible at Black & Bloom. Furthermore, you can buy all kinds of coffee gadgets, learn everything about coffee during one of the workshops and of course you can pour your heart out to one of the ever-listening baristas. In December and Januari Black & Bloom is also opened on Sundays. May the caffeine be with you!
The Soepwinkel - Oude Kijk in ’t Jatstraat 12
After all the Sinterklaas and Christmas candy, it’s time to eat something healthy. Luckily, there is such a thing as the Soepwinkel. This heart- and stomachwarming shop has got four different soups on the menu every day. I don’t mean tomato or pea soup, but variants that are much more exotic, such as ‘aardperen’ soup, leek soup with rice or carrot soup with ginger and orange. Of course everything is homemade, biological and cheap. Do you find it hard to make a decision? Then order a sample-menu with three different soups. Bon appetite!
Ice-skating - Waagplein
Experiencing December without going for a couple of laps of ice skating , is simply impossible in the Netherlands. Luckily, you don’t have to go to Friesland in order to skate, since there will be an ice rink in the middle of the centre of Groningen from the 14th of December on! Now you can do a short round between two lectures or between running some errands, or you could go at night and use the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas decorations in Groningen. If you can’t wait until December, you could do a warming up on the ice rink of Kardinge.
Christmas market - 20,21,22-12-2013 - Hoge en Lage der A
Along the water, where Sinterklaas arrived one month ago, there will be a Christmas market these three days. In case you’ve postponed Christmas shopping until the very last moment, or you love Glühwein and knitted socks, or you just want to feel that warm ‘Christmas feeling’ deep inside , this is the place to go to. This event will take place during the ‘Winterwelvaart’ during which dozens of charter ships will moor in the city centre, which will undoubtedly contribute to the atmosphere.
Hed kandi - 31-12-2013 - Martini Plaza
Hed Kandi (London) is referred to by the famous visuals of fashion-illustrator, Jason Brooks, as ‘the world’s most glamorous music & lifestyle brand’. With 125 releases, Hed Kandi sells around one million albums a year. The awarded parties of Hed Kandi are organised all over the world in fancy clubs in cities such as London, Barcelona, Las Vegas and weekly on party-island Ibiza. Groningen should obviously be part of that list, therefore, Hed Kandi will throw a party at Martini Plaza on new year’s eve. It’s going to be a masquerade ball with uplifting House music, dazzling fire works and a glitter overdose. Make sure you buy your tickets in time, as there are many more party animals in Groningen in want of a sensational start of 2014.
Still not convinced? Then read what Hed Kandi has to say about it: Our live entertainment will cause the most memorable night, our DJs will never let you stop dancing, our decor will make the headlines and our dancers will surprise and tease.
Not bad, right?
By Lucia Grijpink