Leiden may not be one of the most famous cities in the Netherlands, but it is easily one of our favorites. A mid-sized city only 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam, Leiden is full of charm, easy to navigate, and the home of some unbelievable sites.
Shop, eat, and sightsee on Haarlemmerstraat, a long pedestrian-only street lined with shops and restaurants. One of our favorites is La Fresh, with its incredible homemade French fries (frites in Dutch). Their fries are made in the traditional Dutch and Belgian style (cooked twice: first blanched, then fried), and they are crispy and delicious. Plus, though the Dutch are known for eating their fries with mayonnaise instead of ketchup, at La Fresh you'll get your choice of over half a dozen unique sauces. One of our favorites is their peanut sauce!