The new Café Lanzas is located in the monumental building of the Stedelijk Museum Breda. The stylish interior was designed by the renowned Claessens Erdmann agency.
Lanzas is a special place to meet or to take a break when visiting Breda. On our reading table you can find a wide selection of magazines on art, culture and history. It is also a quiet place to work and, of course, we have free wifi.
Lanzas has a range of food and drink brands that stand for quality, sustainability and fair trade, including EARTH Water, Lemonaid and ChariTea. In addition, we offer products from Breda, including apple tart from Banketbakkerij Van Haaren and beer from Bierbrouwerij Paoter Gustaaf. The rich Spanish Rioja wines are imported by our neighbours, Wijnbar Dames Pellens.
Lanzas does not serve a lunch menu, but there are many cafés and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Café Lanzas is named after The Surrender of Breda by Spanish painter Diego Velázquez. A full-size copy of this world-famous painting hangs on the wall. The original can be seen in the Prado Museum in Madrid. It owes its nickname, Las Lanzas, to the long lances seen in the painting. A similar lance hangs above the reading table in the café. Velázquez portrayed himself to the right of the horse.
The painting shows Justinus van Nassau handing over the keys of the city to Spanish commander-in-chief Spinola on 2 June 1625. The surrender marked the end of the strangulating siege, which lasted eight months. It was the last great victory for the Spanish in the Eighty Year’s War.
The copy in the café was painted by Kees Maks, a student of George Hendrik Breitner. In 1903, Maks spent eight months working in the Prado Museum. So as not to take up too much space, he had to fold the canvas in two. The crease can still be seen. In 1978, his widow donated the painting to the city of Breda.
The museum shop, also located in Lanzas, offers books, posters, prints and picture postcards relating to the museum’s exhibitions.
- Opening times
- Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 - 17.00 (the same as the museum)
- To the left of the main entrance
- Guests can log on to our wireless network
- Old and new music by jazz vocalists