Bistro Karel 5: enjoying the classics in our monastery kitchen

Why not! Pretend you are Mary of Hungary or Emperor Charles V, lounging in the spacious terrace, sheltered by the apple and pear tree orchard, at Bistro Karel 5 (formerly ‘Brasserie Goeie Louisa). Or, in colder weather, warmly tucked inside in our sociable bistro in Utrecht city, enjoying lunch or dinner next to our open-plan monastery kitchen or chatting over drinks in the Bar & Lounge.

Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht: a delightful experience of our monastery kitchen with a creative twist.
In the Monastery kitchen’, Chef Mat Zwetsloot uses seasonal products, often regionally grown, for preparing his classics. Classic, but always with a modern, creative twist. Discover our menu with the latest creations, dreamed up and served by our Chef! For a cappuccino with pie or a lovely glass of wine, you’re just as welcome in our brasserie. And, isn’t it good to know that our snack menu offers much more than bitter balls only!

“Where you’ve seated your rump, there was once a dump”
It’s a sobering thought that, in former times, the Bar & Lounge was the place where Charles V would relieve himself of his royal burden. The staircase beneath the glass in the monastery leads to the basement, which was once a laundry and a place where the wounded and infirm were treated.

Bistro Karel 5: popular with locals, business folk and tourists alike
For good reasons, Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht is a favourite with locals, tourists and business folk alike. Everyone feels at home in our informal, ‘casual classic’ atmosphere. And, our creative kitchen gets top marks for price/quality excellence. That’s not even mentioning our international wine list! Our wine stock is carefully matched to the daily menus and à la carte-dishes. And, all wines can be ordered by the glass.

Everyone feels at home at Bistro Karel 5 in Utrecht
From business lunches and dinners, to family socials with drinks, or an Afternoon Tea with the girls: all are welcome at Bistro Karel 5. Reserve a table in our authentic brasserie in Utrecht. You can phone us: +31(0)30 233 75 95 or email to: Of course, you may wish to reserve one of our culinary hotel package deals.


In winter, enjoy your aperitif in the Bar & Lounge in front of the comfortable open fireplace. On a summer’s day, for enjoying drinks, the terrace in our apple and pear tree orchard is the place to be! The terrace, as you know, is Utrecht’s best-kept secret!

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