Possibly the Best Dutch Pancakes in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a beautiful country with endless green fields and cute little towns. I do love Amsterdam and other major cities. But had I not explored the Dutch countryside, I would have missed out on the beauty of the Netherlands.
When in Utrecht, I highly recommend making a day trip to Teahouse Rhijnauwen in Bunnik.
I dare to say Teahouse Rhijnauwen has the best dutch pancakes. They serve yummy dutch pancakes in all possible flavors. But what makes this restaurant stand out is its location and the surroundings.
Venture out of Utrecht a tiny bit (only 15 minutes away), and you will find yourself at a hidden cottage nestled in an idyllic countryside village. There, you can have a bite of delicious dutch pancake in a super cute tea house with a beautiful garden and terrace, surrounded by the river Kormme Rijn.
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Utrecht Day Trip Series
This article is part of the Utrecht Day Trip series. Explore these charming Dutch villages from Utrecht!
- Part 1. De Haar Castle: the Largest Castle in the Netherlands
- Part 2. Woerden the "real" Farmer's Cheese Market
- Part 3. Gouda: 5 Things to Do beyond the Historic Cheese Market
- Part 4. Teahouse Rhijnauwen for Dutch Pancakes in the countryside
How to Get to Theehuis Rhijnauwen from Utrecht
By Bus: From Utrecht Centraal Station, take an OV bus 41 for about 10-15 minutes. Get off at Bunnik, Rhijnauwenselaan station. Stroll 10 minutes through a scenic tree-lined countryside road. It sounds vague, but you will know what I mean when you get there.
By Bike: The teahouse is about 5 km away from Utrecht. If you can rent a bike, you can reach the teahouse in less than 30 minutes.
By Car: It is only 15 minutes away by car from Utrecht.
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Teahouse Rhijnauwen, Dutch Pancake House
Location: [Open Google Map]
Hours: 10 am – 8:30 pm
Insider’s Tip: No reservations on Sunday. First-come, first-served.
What is the Dutch Pancake?
Dutch pancakes (pannenkoeken) are much larger and thinner than American pancakes. Often, the fillings – such as bacon, pineapples, apples, cheese, etc. – are added to the batter. And the Dutch douse it with Stroop (syrup) and powder sugar.
Menu at Teahouse Rhijnauwe
Teahouse Rhijnauwen serves traditional sweet and savory Dutch pancakes with many different flavors. I liked that they provided a bottle of Stroop without fructose syrup and power sugar at each table, so I could add only if I want to. (Power sugar is not my favorite!)
Of course, the restaurant also offers a variety of other meal options, from salad to beef stew (stoofpotje) to stamppot to Hachee. English menu is available upon request.
Teahouse Rhijnauwe Garden
Besides the gourmet Dutch pancakes, its environment makes this place unique. The location is just a perfect picnic spot for a lazy afternoon. (And that explains a long line on weekends!)
The garden and terrace are super popular. If you are lucky enough to see a spot, go ahead and grab a seat. Waiting staff will come and get the order, although you might need to wave when they are busy.
We arrived at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Even though it was not right at the mealtime, it was a full house. We got lucky to find one last spot right in front of the river.
Many people paddled a canoe in the river and docked right at the edge. If we had known earlier, it would have been fun to ride a canoe from Utrecht. Apparently, the locals like to canoe or bike to this teahouse.
The property is really family-friendly. Children can run around in the playgrounds. They can’t get enough of donkeys and goats on the property. Indeed, it seems like an ideal destination for a family outing to enjoy the countryside on the weekend.
Where to Go Next in the Netherlands
>> Amsterdam Itinerary for the First-time Visitors: Explore the charming, liberal Dutch capital in just 4 days
>> Rotterdam: A hip, modern city with funky architecture
>> Delft: Imbibe in artisan Delftware and Vermeer’s masterpieces like The Girl with a Pearl Earring
>> De Haar Castle: The largest castle in the Netherlands with rich history, lavish decor and well-groomed gardens
>> Utrecht: A small laidback college town in South Holland with a 2,000-year history
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