Surviving the indoor games

It may be off-season for the sport of your choice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play. Try a different game – an indoor one perhaps? Venues across Delft offer a host of sporting options and some even have leagues of their own.

From darts, snooker and bowling to the more adventurous paintball and archery – here’s a look at your options.

Snooker and Pool

The Snookercafe Peperstraat (Peperstraat 13) may be small but their snooker and pool tables are star attractions. During the day and on Sundays it costs €7.20 per hour. At other times it costs €8.40 per hour for students, instead of the regular €9.60 tariff. Another big venue for this sport is Pool & Billiards Delft (Hendrik Tollenstraat 3).They are open until midnight on most nights. And, according to their website, students get a discount from Sunday to Thursday.


A traditional Dutch pub game, several pubs in Delft have a dartboard. A number of them even have teams and participate in tournaments. Darts in Delft (DID) is an association for darts players, individuals and teams, in Delft and nearby. Cafe Friends Delft (Noordeinde 37a) has seven dart lanes and hosts friendly dart competitions every week. They also conduct workshops for groups in the game. The Snookercafe and Pool & Billiards Delft have darts corners too, and it’s usually free to play the game. Biercafe ‘t Proeflokaal (Gasthuislaan 36), Cafe De Tobbe (Buitenwatersloot 17) and Cafe Bonte Os (Voldersgracht 10) are among others with dartboards.

Go Karting

Race Planet Delft takes racing seriously. Besides indoor go karting they also give you a chance to drive a real Ferrari or Aston Martin at their Zandvoort location. The real race car experience comes in different packages and costs a tidy sum – prices start at €299. But go karting is much more affordable. The standard duration of one round with the kart is 12 minutes and costs €15.95 but you can also opt for packages that include food and more time driving. There are rookie karts for children under 14 and special arrangements are made for family outings. In Delft they have three different tracks spread over four floors.


Open since the 1980s, Gasterij ‘t Karrewiel (Paardenmarkt 74) has ten automated bowling lanes and over 60 bowling balls, from light and heavy to child-sized ones. Bowling shoes are available for hire at no cost. “On Mondays and Tuesdays we have competitive bowling for members and on Wednesdays we have a student discount. The discount is also available to everyone with a membership card of the cafe,” said Richie Haak, an employee. The venue also has a full-fledged grill and raclette restaurant and there are menu offers that include food and an hour of bowling (€15.95). On Wednesday nights, price per lane for an hour is €12.95.

Laser Tag and Archery

Race Planet Delft also has a Laser Tag Arena and a game costs €9 per person, per game. If that isn’t enough adrenalin, you could try archery or even the escape room at Outdoor-Delft (Rotterdamseweg). If the weather isn’t going to put you off, they also offer paintballing and rifle shooting. There may be a minimum requirement of the number of people before an activity can be offered, so be sure to call for a reser-vation before showing up.

This is an updated version of a previous Survival Guide article.

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