If you would like to cook your own food you can buy food in supermarkets, food shops and open-air markets. Items on sale can be recognised by the words “aanbieding” or “reclame”. All pre-packaged items carry an expiration date. Look for the phrases “tenminste houdbaar tot (THT)” (best before) or “uiterste verkoopdatum” (sell-by date).
In the Netherlands you can drink the water from the tap. The water is very clean. If you want to buy water bottles from the store, the bottles have blue labels. The bottles with red labels contain sparkling water or Spa Rood in Dutch language.
Most Dutchmen buy their food at a supermarket. Supermarkets are usually open till at least 20.00 hrs and are also open on Monday morning. The supermarkets Aldi and Lidl are the cheapest. In the "Where can I find" section on this page, you can find supermarkets and also the specialized shops with food from all over the world.
The Open-Air Market
The open-air market is held twice a week on Wednesday morning and Saturday all day. The products are often cheaper than in the shops. The prices are regulated; however, towards closing time sellers of perishables (e.g. flowers, fruit and vegetables) sometimes reduce prices.
- Wednesday market: 08.30 -13.00 hrs.
General market: (exotic) foodstuffs, flowers, clothing and fabrics.
- Saturday market: 08.30 – 17.00 hrs.
Foodstuffs and flowers, “farmers market” (boerenmarkt), organic food.
Fast food and takeaway
There are several foods that make a quick substitute for a meal. They are prepared while you wait, and you either eat them on the spot or take them away with you. A few examples are:
- Snack Bars offer French fries and other deep-fried snacks that are typically Dutch.
- Pizzerias offer a great variety of pizzas to be eaten in the restaurant or taken away. Some pizzerias also make home deliveries.
- Egyptian Grillrooms serve shoarma, kebab and other dishes.
- Chinese Restaurants serve Chinese food strongly influenced by the Indonesian kitchen. You can eat in the restaurant or use the takeaway service. Some Chinese restaurants also make home deliveries.
Wageningen also has a lot of places where you can eat out. You can find an overview of restaurants in Wageningen on our "Where can I find" page. Prices mostly range between 20-50 euros per person for a meal. Please note that drinks are never included.
Food on Campus
The Grand Café in the Forum building on the ground floor is open on weekdays from 8.00 – 17.00 hrs. The restaurant on the first floor is open on weekdays from 11.30 – 13.30 hrs. You can buy sandwiches, drinks, salads and soups, but also simple warm meals and Chinese food. From 17.00-19.00 hrs you can buy warm meals in the Restaurant, Monday until Thursday.
Every Wednesday students sell lunch. The Student Cooking Corner is a Green Office initiative, in which students get the opportunity to sell their own products and let others taste international and vegetarian food. Every Wednesday at lunch time, students sell their delicious lunch at the first floor in the Forum. All dishes are vegetarian, as a contribution to sustainability. Many international dishes pass by, from all corners of the world. Check Student Cooking Corner Wageningen on Facebook, for this week's lunch.
During the evening and in weekends there is a magnetron which you can use, in the coffee corner on the first floor.
Student café The Spot in the Orion building on the ground floor is open on weekdays from 8.00 – 20.00 hrs. and offers coffee and tea with refreshments during the day. From 17.00 hrs. you can have a warm meal and a drink after your classes. Check The Spot on Facebook for information about the products and activities.
The restaurant on the ground floor is open on weekdays from 11.30 – 13.30 hrs. You can buy sandwiches, drinks, salads and soups, but also simple warm meals.
Restaurant of the Future
You can also have lunch at the Restaurant of the Future, in building 115 (Stippeneng 2), over the bridge behind the Forum building. This restaurant is also a research area. The Restaurant of the Future is not just a place to experiment with new food products, preparation methods and self-service systems, but also a facility allowing close observation of consumer eating and drinking behavior. Open for lunch from 12.00-13.00 hrs.
Food at Associations or houses
International student associations IxESN and ISOW offer international kitchens, open to everyone. Be quick if you would like to join because these international kitchens are very popular. IxESN organises an international kitchen twice per period.
Several student associations have their own Mensa, for members only. In some student houses, students cook together.
Every Wednesday, you can buy a warm dish for € 5,00 from Evelin Cooks in Student house Dijkgraaf 4.
Cook Book - food for students
We have made a cook book with recipes of students from different countries, easy to make and cheap. You can buy the Cook Book in the WUR-shop.