In the year 1225 a stately stone house was built on Grote Markt 36 – 39 by the Gelkinge family. A stone house was a typical Groningen variant of a castle. The influential family owned huge tracts of land in the city of Groningen and the Ommeland.
The Gelkingestraat, which is located to the right of the building, therefore still bears their name. Even at that time, the building was part of the facade that is still so characteristic today, which many people recognize De Drie Gezusters and, moreover, the city of Groningen. The three daughters of Peter Stuyvesant IV, a descendant of the former New York governor, would not be able to settle in Victorian times because of the strict standards of decency and conservatism. At the right time, the daughters moved into the former home of the Gelkingers. At the foot of d'Olle Grieze they were already introduced to the real Groningen hospitality.
Since then, there has been a lot of fun in the characteristic building on the Grote Markt and that has never changed over the years. With respect for their rich history, De Drie Gezusters still honors the daughters today and the name De Drie Gezusters is proudly worn.
With its high ceilings and spectacular chandeliers, De Drie Gezusters breathes the atmosphere of yesteryear. Both inside and on our heated terrace it is possible to enjoy coffee and tea specialties, breakfast, homemade cakes, lunch, drinks and dinner in a cozy and intimate way.