Tea garden land

Northwest Friesland is the land of tea gardens. Many farms have their own terrace where you can enjoy local home-made sweet and savoury snacks.

You may have to search to find some of these hidden gems but it’s always more than worth your while. The tea gardens - or theeschenkerijen as they are often called - in Northwest Friesland are often located in the most beautiful spots. Like the garden near Park Martenastate. Your tea is served with a delicious slice of Martenabôle (Martena’s bread) or sugar bread, a Frisian dúmke or other Frisian speciality in the former gardener’s house, to which the tea garden owes its name: Túnmanswente. 

Another special spot is the opulent courtyard of the Brinkhoeve which once came second in the ‘Best terrace in Friesland’ contest. Just outside the village of Blije on the edge of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site you'll find tea garden and traditional textile printers Kleine Lijn. Enjoy some home-made pie among the old-fashioned fruit trees, such as medlar and quince, or rest up from your walk or bike ride in a hammock.

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