There is a large variety of restaurants and cafés on the Waagplein cheese market welcoming you for a drink or bite to eat, and there are various outdoor cafés on the Canadaplein and the Platte Steenen Brug.
Travelling with a group? The VVV will be delighted to arrange a lunch or dinner for you in a variety of locations in and around Alkmaar. You can also book a 'Eten en iets van de stad weten' tour for parties of 8 persons and above. A well-informed and talkative guide will lead you on a tour of the city, with stop offs for refreshments at various restaurants along the route. Click here for more information about this guided tour.
For a complete list of restaurants and bars check out the website https://www.visitalkmaar.com/en/great-terraces-in-alkmaar