Surviving late nights in Delft

Have you ever been roaming the streets of Delft at night, zombified by hunger or bored with your usual hangout? Here’s where to find last minute groceries, a hot meal or a party at the oddest hours of the night.

Grocery Shopping
The next time you get home after a long night in the lab and curse your empty fridge, look up the term Avondwinkels (evening shops). There are a few around Delft, but if you’re not sure what you need, head to the Supermarkt Delfia, out on Binnenwatersloot. Open from 13:00 until 24:00, the shop has everything from juices and milk to ready-to-eat Chinese food. There are rows of chocolates, pasta sauces, microwave foods, a small range of beer and cocktail bottles, yogurt and other edibles. If you’re planning an impromptu party, they have some party supplies too. And essentials such as hair brushes, shampoo and rope! “We’ve been around for 9 years,” says N. Javed, the owner of the shop. “TU students are among our biggest clientele. Chips, beer and mostly cigarettes are what they buy,” he adds.
Binnenwatersloot 14
Open: 7 days a week 13:00 – 24:00

A Quick Bite
Out for a night show or in need of a post-pub bite? You’re most likely to be heading to a place that serves doner kebabs. Next time, check out the one at the Oude Langendijk. Called Doner King, this little place offers a discount to TU students. “There is a ‘Student Korting’ section in our menu itself,” says Tawfiq, the manager. This menu includes a Broodje doner (€3), Broodje falafel (€3), Kapsalon (with fries, salad, meat & cheese) for €5.50. If you’re craving meat, they have Hotwings, Chicken Nuggets, and Fried Chicken too.  And, from April onwards their shop will be open from 12:00 until 6:00. You read that correctly, noon until six in the morning.
Oude Langendijk 19
Open: 12:00 to 6:00 (summer timings)

After Party
Where do you go when your favourite watering hole is shutting down, but your party’s just begun? Bang in the centre of the city, on the Kromstraat, De Kurk is your best bet. Don’t be fooled by the fancy exterior, the restaurant turns into a bar for late night drinking. The bar is open until 5:00 on Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 on Thursdays. Aside from an extensive liquor list, they have some interesting late night snacks on offer, ranging from traditional bitterballen to dimsums and even a plate of samosas. “From 3am to 5am it’s so busy in here you can barely talk to the bartender,” says Elia, a part-time employee.
Kromstraat 20
Open: Thursdays: 16:30 – 3:00. Fridays – Saturdays: 16:30 – 5:00

Online party planning
Decided to ditch the books for an impromptu party? Call the Late Night Shop, whose tagline is Party Delivered. It is accessible online and only makes home deliveries. Their menu ranges from crates of beer, bottles of colas and juice to boxes of snacks. For example a box of 36 mini snacks will cost you €13. The Party Menu Box 1, which includes 250 grams of kibbeling, 12 party snacks croquettes and two soft drinks, costs €29. While hot snacks can only be ordered until 23:55, home delivery is available from 17:00 until 2:55. “Given the timings of when we deliver, our service is quite exclusive. Beer and wine are among the top ordered items,” says Nadia, the owner.

First published in TU Delta. Check out the magazine here


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