With its three Michelin stars, De Librije is one of the finest―if not the finest―restaurant in the Netherlands. It sets the bar high for food and ambience, offering a truly multi-sensory experience. Encompassing not only a restaurant, but also a hotel, De Librije is located within
the walls of the old Zwolle City Prison. Kuster has sympathetically transformed this historic, and somewhat austere setting into a high-end hospitality hotspot.
The main restaurant is situated in what was once the central open-air courtyard of the prison. The functional aesthetic has been maintained, but injected with contemporary beauty and style. A vast vaulted glass ceiling shelters the dining room from the elements, while velvet chairs, leather banquettes and a plush carpet add warmth to what was once an unfriendly place. The restaurant is entered through a lobby area where guests can sip cocktails immersed in a metallic palette, accented with sharp orange details. A sculptural wooden feature wall, tree stump side tables, towering plant life and crocodile skin textiles add a taste of nature that echoes the natural ingredients that go into every De Librije dish.