A little over a year ago, Kevin Ayers swapped the busy streets of Paris for the Rivierenwijk district of Utrecht. Together with his wife Kristin, he started Ohøj, an espresso bar and specialty coffee roastery on Rijnlaan. Kevin and Kristin, who originally are from Iowa, do everything themselves: from roasting the raw coffee beans to the latte art on your cappuccino.

> Ohøj Coffee Roasting
Rijnlaan 27

Village feel
‘Utrecht is the perfect place for us, because the city has a village feel. Ohøj is the first coffee bar in the Rivierenwijk district, so we feel very welcome here. People keep coming back, which is a good sign. Another good place for coffee is Koffie Leute Brauhaus on Westerkade. They change their filter roast every month, so you get to taste coffee from different roasters. Also, I borrowed their BYO (Bring Your Own) idea. It’s a good thing.’

Koffie Leute Brauhaus, Westerkade 30 | koffieleute.nl

Changing menu
‘We like to go to Luc, a restaurant on Voor Clarenburg. The location is perfect, because it’s close to the central station. The service is always good and we love the fact that they often change the menu. The pea hummus sandwich with feta and za’atar is highly recommended.’

Luc, Voor Clarenburg 8 | lucutrecht.nl

Exceptional craft beer
‘While walking around in the city centre, we stumbled upon Café Derat on Lange Smeestraat. It looks a bit like a ‘towney’ bar from the outside, so I didn’t expect anything special. It turns out they have an exceptional craft beer selection and two very kind cats. The Sour Chrystal Meth – a beer by local brewery Maximus – I had there probably is the best sour beer I’ve tasted so far.’

Café Derat, Lange Smeestraat 37 | cafederat.nl

Local’s park
‘We live in Zuilen district, so Julianapark is the perfect place to go for a stroll. We love the chickens running around in the park. And because it’s outside the city centre, the park really has a local feel to it.’