Eating and Drinking

Foto: Bert Muller
Foto: Bert Muller

Museum Café and The Refter

The Centraal Museum has two locations where you can sit down for a drink or bite to eat: the Museum Café and Museum Restaurant The Refter. The Café is located on the entresol, above the bookshop. The Refter can be found on the first floor. When the Refter is in use for business events, the Museum Café is available for museum visitors.


The difference between the Museum Café and The Refter is their look and capacity. They both basically provide the same menu: a selection of lunch dishes and cakes. The menu can vary according to the exhibitions that are on. Due to the use of fresh products, the supply cannot be endless. So even those popular Miffy bread rolls, for our smallest of visitors, can sell out – we appreciate your understanding for any inconvenience.


Sustainability is highly valued at the Centraal Museum. This means that we preferably and increasingly work with organic and fair-trade products. We also solely use eco-label approved cleaning products.


The furniture in the café consists of wooden Rietveld tables and stools, originally painted in black and white. The tables and stools have recently been refurbished and given a durable red coating. The Refter, located in the former cloister dining room (refectory), was furnished by Richard Hutten. Specially designed for the Centraal Museum, he created robust pieces of furniture – long tables, sturdy chairs, impressive chandeliers – with a clear nod to the Middle Ages and the bareness of cloister interiors. 

The Refter can be rented on weekdays as presentation or meeting room.    

Opening Hours

Museum Café: Tuesday to Friday 11.00 - 17.00

Museum Restaurant The Refter: Saturday and Sunday 11.00 - 17.00


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