House of Borski – Latest Hotspot In Overveen

Published on 12 August 2020

Overveen, a lovely village just eight minutes by bike from Haarlem’s city center, has a new hotspot, House of Borski.

Formally known as ‘Het Koffiehuisje’, the space has been completely made over to the delight of locals and new visitors.

Vibrant, ‘gezellig’ atmosphere

When you enter the doors of House of Borski, you are transported in the decadence and vibrance of the roaring twenties.

Every detail, from the furniture to the jazz music playing in the background to the luxurious colours on the wall – even the light fixtures – make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time and are sitting in a Parisian bistro in the 1920s.

Drinks, bites and dinner

House of Borski offers drinks, bites and dinner.

The  cuisine varies from French to Italian classics. Think Boeuff Bourguignon, SpaghettiAragosta, Panna Cotta and Tiramisu amongst others. The menu shows cases classically delicious food.

Tip: Try the beef or lobster croquettes. It’s Hello Haarlem’s favourite. And, in the summertime, a glass of Rosé goes well with just about anything on the menu.



House of Borski

Zijlweg 22

2051 BB Haarlem

Reservation (via the website) recommended

Opening hours, daily from 4 p.m. – midnight


On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.