In medieval times Deventer was, thanks largely to its location along the river IJssel, a very important and wealthy city. A member of the Hanseatic League, her wealth was mostly thanks to trade along the same river. Many of the buildings erected in those profitable days still remain.
The oldest part of the town, just south of the railway station, still contains many medieval buildings. Just walking around the compact centre there will be plenty to look at, but particularly attractive are the following:
Bergkwartier (the district surrounding the Bergkerk, a church placed on a hillock)
Noordenbergkwartier (a very old quarter)
Saint Lebuinus Church, in Late Gothic style, at 42 Grote Kerkhof
The city's most famous foodstuff is "Deventer Koek", which can be bought in the Koekhuisje (Cookie House) at 84 Brink.
Chez Antoinette (bar bodega Chez Antoinette), Roggestraat 10-12, 7411 EP Deventer (walk from Central Station, 5 minutes), ☎ +31(0)570 616630, . Portugese restaurant, bar and bodega in the historic heart of Deventer. It is the town's evergreen- this place has been around for a long time and is rated high by the locals. Don't get fooled by it's French name- this place serves truly authentic Portugese drinks and dishes. There's a very nice bar which is open till late at night and things can get quite crowded or 'gezellig' as the Dutch would call it. The restaurant definitely requires a booking if you want to be sure of a table. Just ring and make a reservation. (52.252374,6.162202)edit