Marlein Parlevliet (30) is co-owner of Swordfish & Friend on Oudkerkhof. Her shop-come-living room sells a unique collection of vinyl records and Crosley record-players, as well as clothes, furniture, art and illustrations. She regularly organises in-store performances and social drinks.
By Dieuwke de Boer
‘Utrecht is a bit folksy for a large city, but that’s what I like about it. I feel a lot calmer here than I did in Amsterdam, where I used to live. The international visitors I speak to are surprised by Utrecht’s charm. They all want to come and live here!’
‘We moved from the Rivierenwijk to the Lombok district quite recently, so I haven’t discovered the best places yet. One of the places we have found is Van de Straat in Surinamestraat, a great place to eat street food from all around the world. The owner is really friendly and enthusiastic. Koffie & Ik on Vleutenseweg is another good place to meet for coffee or sit and work.’
‘The food at all those trendy burger and chicken restaurants is fine, but I’m getting a bit bored with them. Le Clochard in Ridderhofstad has become one of my regular haunts. You sit at a table by the fireplace and just get served – no nonsense. They have a great selection of beers too. Café Derat and De Drie Dorstige Herten also pour a good pint.’
‘EKKO, De Helling and TivoliVredenburg are my favourite spots. The programming’s great, the acoustics are excellent and they’re brilliant places to meet people if you’re new to Utrecht.’
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