Stempels, which is the Dutch word for stamps, refers to the building’s former function as a printing house. Once banknotes, postal stamps and the second oldest daily newspaper in the world were produced here, but now the huge building is home to the luxurious Brasserie Stempels. It seems that the owners also know something about printing because they've created a fantastic menu. Stempels’ gorgeous terrace, in the shadow of the St. Bavo Church, is one of the best places in Haarlem to spend an afternoon with first class food and fine wines. Sitting inside the building’s gorgeous historic interior isn't a bad option either. Even a trip to the dungeon-like toilet is a pleasure. Although we'd argue that the brasserie is Stempels' best endeavour, it also offers a bar, a restaurant and a hotel.