Utrecht as a city is inspirational, constantly in flux and a hotbed of creativity. Creative incubators for entrepreneurs and artists are springing up everywhere. Many of the city’s grand tower houses have been converted into bars and restaurants, and the old wharf cellars are now home to cosy cafés, hip boutiques and restaurants serving world cuisine. Those looking further afield will discover that such treasures are dotted all around the city. For example, you can find the cultural beating heart of the city in TivoliVredenburg, drink the best coffee in the city in Voorstraat, shop for exotic groceries in multicultural Lombok and come face to face with the city’s archaeological history in Castellum Hoge Woerd. Alternatively, get on your bike and explore impressive strongholds, forts and castles surrounded by beautiful nature less than half an hour away.