The Winkel van Sinkel is located in a unique, monumental building on the charming Oudegracht in the heart of Utrecht. In our Grandcafé you can have breakfast, cake, lunch, snacks and dinner, the Cocktaillounge has a wide variety of whiskeys and Anton's Bar is known for its cozy bubbles. In addition, the property has an attractive interior garden and a terrace (at the wharf). Tante Sinkel - Festival Kitchen is located in an old wharf cellar, our second restaurant.
In addition to our restaurants, you can also contact us for hiring one of our halls, cultural programmes and nightclub. Every Saturday and a few Thursdays and Fridays in the season, the property is transformed into the trendy club Nachtwinkel, with dancing until late into the night.
Reservation & Contact Information
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De Winkel van Sinkel
3511 AZ Utrecht
Grand Café – Restaurant
Mon till Sat from 10:00 am
Sun from 11:00 am
Tante Sinkel - Festival Kitchen
Mon till Sun from 12:00 pm
De Winkel van Sinkel is centrally located in the country, right in the historic center of Utrecht. The location is very well accessible by public transport and there is parking in the immediate area.
By public transport to de Winkel van Sinkel
Are you coming to Utrecht by train? Then your destination is Utrecht Centraal. From the central station, it is a 10-minute walk to de Winkel van Sinkel on Oudegracht 158. You can also take buses 2, 5, 8, 28, 53, 74 or 77 and get off at the Neude stop. From there it is a 3-minute walk to the Oudegracht 158.
By car to de Winkel van Sinkel
If you come by car to de Winkel van Sinkel you can park your car in the Springweg, La Vie, Paardenveld or Hoog Catharijne parking garages. These are within a 10-minute distance of the Oudegracht 158.
Park & Ride Utrecht
Around the city and conveniently located in the immediate vicinity of the A2 and A12 motorways, you will find the three P + R locations of the municipality of Utrecht. Here you can park your car easily and conveniently. From the P + R location you can travel by bus, tram or public transport to the city center quickly.
P+R Leidsche Rijn Centrum | Near station Utrecht Leidsche Rijn, reachable from the A2.
P+R Papendorp | On the foot of the Prins Clausbrug, reachable from the A12.
P+R Westraven | South of Utrecht, directly at the A12.
P+R De Uithof | East of the city, at the A28.
On our Dutch website there is an overview of the various events taking place in de Winkel van Sinkel. The description of most of the events is in Dutch, but for an overview you can visit the Dutch website.
Food and beverage
The cozy venue of the Grand Café is the heart of the Winkel van Sinkel, where you can enjoy lunch and dinner in our Grandcafé - Restaurant. New at the Winkel van Sinkel is the Josper Grill. Our cooks are very proud of it and everyone who once ate at the Winkel van Sinkel knows why. The taste! It’s the Josper grill! A straightforward innovation from Spanish cuisine. It's a grill oven that is heated by charcoal. And the charcoal gives the BBQ sensation to meat and fish! The grill oven comes from Spain, where many chefs would not want to miss the Josper for anything. Its tough, crafty appearance also works well in the kitchen of de Winkel van Sinkel. The secret of the Josper is the combination of baking and frying over open fire. Gas or electricity will not fit, charcoal will.
In the old cellars of de Winkel van Sinkel is our new restaurant Tante Sinkel, where you enjoy food of our Festival Kitchen! Do you share a "Street" together or would you prefer a separate dish? Our chefs in the Festival Kitchen prepare the most delicious dishes. View our menu here. Did you know that we use Tablet Menu in the Tante Sinkel? This allows you to quickly and easily order your drinks and delicious festival dishes.
Going out and entertainment
De Winkel van Sinkel is closely involved in the many festivals that the city knows and takes an extensive part in Utrecht Cultural Sundays. Every Saturday and a few Thursdays and Fridays, the property is transformed into the trendy club Nachtwinkel, where dancing until late into the night. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.
Halls and events
Do you want to come with a large group, with your family, for business or private, for just a cup of coffee or for a five-course dinner? It’s all okay at de Winkel van Sinkel! For the hiring of halls and the possibilities for larger companies, you can contact the Event Managers of de Winkel van Sinkel.
Our Event Managers only have one mission: make sure your event meets your wishes and expectations. We are happy to listen to your ideas and take the time to sit together and to sprout about the fulfillment of your event. Our goal? Creating a meaningful experience for our guests!
Would you like to get in touch with our sales department? This can be done by calling 030 230 30 30 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com, we will contact you as soon as possible.
In 1824 Anton Sinkel became the owner of 'Blijdestijn' at the Oudegracht in Utrecht, which he converted to a shop. Even larger plans did Sinkel have with the old St.Barbara and St.Laurens Gasthuis (commonly called 'Kranengasthuis' because of the city crane at the side) which was next to its store. In 1834, Sinkel bought the old guest house and the two houses that stood between this building and its shop. The guesthouse building extended to the Neude, where Sinkel had already bought two houses. He then closed the entire complex and instructed several architects to design a 'shopping palace’.
In the end, the construction of the design made by architect Pieter Adams (1778-1846) began in 1837. Most prominent in the neo-classicist style, four large women were dressed in Greek robes. These cavalid-serving cavities, supplied by boat from England, were made of cast iron; The centuries-old city crane succumbed to the enormous weight of one of the ladies and fell into the Oudegracht, taking the lady with it!
The city crane was put out of business and had to be removed, the images survived the accident and construction continued. After two years it was finished and in May 1839 de Winkel van Sinkel could be opened in Utrecht. In the same style, a coach house was built behind the factory shop, which would be used as a workshop and home (now: Vinkenburgstraat 19-21). The atmosphere in the store was classy and yet comfortable; Sinkel strived to make everyone feel at home. Anton Sinkel has been able to enjoy 9 years of his flourishing trade in Utrecht. He died in Amsterdam on January 22, 1848. The shop at the Oudegracht was maintained by the heirs until the end of the century.
A unique combination of culture and dining
In July 1898 the heirs sold the shop to the banker company Vlaer and Kol, which was taken over by the Amro bank in 1977. After the merger with the ABN, the beautiful property was redundant and was left empty for a few years. In November 1995 a new restoration followed. Architects Agency ONB was ordered to restore the property in the old allure. Together with architect Koos de Haan, ONB used the banking building for a unique combination of culture and hospitality. The original name was restored: de Winkel van Sinkel. And like Anton Sinkel's time there is a wide range of activities and possibilities.
A concept in the Netherlands
On August 30, 1996, during the opening of the cultural season, the 'new' Winkel van Sinkel was officially opened by the mayor of Utrecht, Ivo Opstelten, at that time. In addition to the cultural facilities and grand café restaurant in the Grote Zaal, de Winkel van Sinkel has several cafés and terraces, meeting rooms, a club and the restaurant Tante Sinkel in the cellar. De Winkel van Sinkel enriches Utrecht with a special location for business and festive events. Meanwhile, de Winkel van Sinkel, as in the nineteenth century, became a concept in the Netherlands.
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