About De Zakkendrager

Our restaurant

Come and enjoy our intimate restaurant and atmospheric conservatory with a view on one of the secrets of Utrecht, a beautiful old English garden bordering on Castle Fresenburch and enclosed by the walls of Castle Drakenburg. Our garden is highlighted by the enormous, monumental, red beech tree which is over 200 years old!

We are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and our extensive menu is perfect for a quick bite while out in Utrecht or a more relaxed dining experience.

Our enthusiastic waiting team are on hand to ensure you can enjoy a relaxed, cosy and unforgettable visit to De Zakkendrager.


De zakkendragers or sack carriers formed the guild of transporters in the Middle ages.

The front of our restaurant was known as the Guildhouse of the zakkendragers; a part of a larger complex located between the Oudegracht and the Zakkendragerssteeg. This was where the work was shared out and also a meeting place for the zakkendragers which over de years evolved into a cafe.

For hundreds of years the goods barges arrived at the Oudegracht canal and were unloaded into the wharf cellars.
From here everything was carried on the backs of the zakkendragers to the market that, to this day, is still situated on Vredenburg.
This is how the Zakkendraggersteeg got its name.