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Literary Café De Graanrepubliek

Cafe Bar Coffee shop Pub Book store Studying center

One of the Best Places To Visits in Groningen


Gedempte Kattendiep 11, 9711 PL Groningen, Netherlands



+31 50 280 0006

Rating on Google Maps

4.80 (389 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 4:30 pm to 2 am
  • Wednesday: 4:30 pm to 2 am
  • Thursday: 4:30 pm to 2:30 am
  • Friday: 4 pm to 2:30 am
  • Saturday: 4 pm to 2:30 am
  • Sunday: 4 pm to 12:30 am

Featured Reviews

Frequently mentioned in reviews: great (12) good (10) nice (10) atmosphere (8) books (7) cozy (6) games (6) vibe (6) owner (6) amazing (6)
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  • 4/5 naveen s. 1 year ago on Google • 115 reviews
    A narrow small two floor bar with a very cozy interior. They have a hell lot of books and a good amount of board games to choose from. You can order a drink or two at the bar and enjoy a round of game with your friends or pick a book for a read. A nice place to spend your evening clam and relaxed.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Ursache D. 2 years ago on Google • 49 reviews
    If u want to listen a good Playlist and a good atmosphere with friends drinking a good beer , i can say this is the perfect bar for you. Enjoy the vibe ❤ One of the best bar who i haved visited!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Robyn L. 1 year ago on Google • 79 reviews
    Loved this bar. A cute literary Café filled with books to buy or loan. They serve drinks and have plenty of board games to enjoy if not reading. Good for an intimate night out with friends, or to have a chat at the bar. The Playlist was good, too.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Max de W. 1 year ago on Google
    Hey... I was the very first to review this bar. Now, seven years later, after finally adding text, thanks to Google C+ this particular edit has doomed that privilege (/this is a new review/) and i can no longer pretend to be hip. As an aside, I'm also the guy that runs this page and founded this cafe. A rating.... what can I say? If i could change one thing, I would! And I do! Alas, the owner never told me a joke I didn't know already. (Long, long nights spent in front of the mirror. "The only cheese I had to hide my horse was mascarpone." * wait for laughs *). I give this place five stars. Five out of five. Also. Imagine a bar with only clones of anyone that you know. It would be so funny. Also, imagine a bar that tries to be office themed. Cubicles, water coolers and the obligatory puns when getting coffee for the team. Managers with progressively receeding hairlines. Someone stealing your tuna sandwich, and vague company mottos on the wall like "Our Strength Is Acceptable" or "SWOT and Serenity". If you are looking for this office bar, and if you find it, let me know. In the mean while, enjoy the vibe here at the Graanrepubliek in Groningen! I would love to meet you. ❤️
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Adam K. 9 months ago on Google • 15 reviews
    An unmatched experience. The owner is a fun-loving eccentric who will make your night -- or even week -- without the shadow of a doubt. There's board games and all sorts of books you can read or purchase. Truly a home-like bar experience that will cement your love for Groningen!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Adelen A. 2 years ago on Google
    One of the best bars in town! The atmosphere is so nice, the music is good and the bartender is so much fun! I had a great night there. + they had board games, which is always a big plus :)
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Serge J. 2 years ago on Google
    A top bar! Bartender is friendly and easy to talk to, drinks are tasty, and it has a cozy vibe. There is also an interesting choice of literature to choose from: art history to French poetry. I would recommend the second floor to have a sit down.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Maria P. 2 years ago on Google
    I love this place, there is a an amazing library inside and good about of board games. Also, there are many options for drinks. Let’s not forget about max he is super nice and makes the best suggestions about drinks.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dariia K. 2 years ago on Google
    Graan is a gem of a local spot. It is beloved by students, locals, and visitors alike due to their wide appeal for drinks and study. One awesome feature ( aside from the diverse bar) is the opportunity to bring your own food for maximum enjoyably.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Isabella v. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing staff, cosy space, great for an afternoon coffee or an evening beer! A great place to go by yourself or with a group
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Danearis T. 1 year ago on Google
    One of a few places in Groningen where it feels like home. Very cozy and lots of books and nowadays some poetry hangs on the walls, made from the poets that go to the café. It's relaxing and has a nice atmosphere. If you don't want something very busy, and feel a bit relaxed, you should come to this café, maybe just for a book to read or play some games upstairs.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 nath 4 months ago on Google • 41 reviews
    Love this place Eleni is the best and really knows how to indulge into the mind of the creative through the artistry of concoctions.. Absolutely wonderful… got recommended a bunch of books based on the one i brought as well.. everything about this place make you want to come back. I recommend.

  • 5/5 Nerea G. 7 months ago on Google • 10 reviews
    This is one of my favorites places to go for a drink in Groningen. You can either have a good coffee or warm chocolate; or having a great beer or cocktail. The service is always nice and Max is simply the best! Sometimes there are concerts and other public events like movie night or meetings. You can bring your own food and the atmosphere is fantastic, all surrounded by books and other things!

  • 5/5 Hawun R. 10 months ago on Google
    Max always have a great friendly vibe, he makes great teas. He also has nice head of hair.

  • 5/5 Hyunsuh K. 10 months ago on Google
    I love the place!! So cozy, friendly and interesting bartender with wonderfully curly hair and quirky librarian- who needs more than that?

  • 5/5 T.S. M. 1 year ago on Google
    I can really recommend, a beautifully cosy and personal bar with a chill vibe and great local beers as well as really good Whisky sours 👌

  • 5/5 Eustache E. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing bar in Groningen, the staff is very friendly and they serve the best Moscow mules in town. Great cozy atmosphere, you will find a quite various panel of people to talk to, play and drink with. Also, there is a substensive amount of books to buy there fore resonable prices. 10/10, has recommended and would recommend again

  • 5/5 Markus T. 1 year ago on Google
    Magnificent bar! Very good atmosphere and quite stylish - adding to the nice selection of beer and great barkeepers. Can definitely recommend coming here. Go upstairs!

  • 5/5 Sophie P. 1 year ago on Google
    Max is the best bar owner that anyone could ever wish for! The bar atmosphere is amazing and so cozy! The people that work here could easily be your best friends! Just come here and you will understand.

  • 5/5 Cat L. 1 year ago on Google
    Didn't have any food so I can't comment on that but I had a coffee and a very relaxing hour to myself to read, great atmosphere, nice staff

  • 5/5 Milda D. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing place, means me a lot. Reminds me of my studying years and graduation. And the owner is a such sweetheart ❤ literally literair cafe

  • 5/5 Patrīcija R. 1 year ago on Google
    great bar, amazing music, very queer- and vegan-friendly cafe, the owner made me a sparkly pink beer which tasted amazing and an improvised cocktail which was amazing as well. overall, very nice experience, will come here again

  • 5/5 Cymatium s. 1 year ago on Google • 1 review
    The place is absolutely lovely! Having beers with friends here all the time, lovely staff and lovely people, great cocktails and vibe:)
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Alexandra S. 8 months ago on Google • 2 reviews
    Amazing place. Great people. A real community. U can also bring u own food. Which is great. They have interesting events and overall just a 10 out of 10

  • 5/5 bram h. 8 months ago on Google • 2 reviews
    AMAZING place. THEY HAVE A WALL OF BOOKS!!! (you can even buy them). I also think this place has the best sfeer ever. The owner is also amazing. I just don't understand why you are still reading and not already on the way there...

  • 5/5 Joonas S. 6 months ago on Google • 1 review
    Really comfy place and nice bartender!


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  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Beer
    • ✓️ Wine
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Spirits
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  • Accessibility
    • ✗ Assistive hearing loop
    • ✗ Wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • ✗ Wheelchair-accessible car park
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    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✗ Delivery
    • ✗ Takeaway
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating

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