Bram’s Personal Tips For Rotterdam

These are my recommendations for Rotterdam, based on personal experience and research. Scroll down to see where to eat, shop and hang out, and don’t forget to leave me a review.

See you at the next tour!

Bram

Likes: Cycling, Cooking, Travelling through India on motorbike!

Favourite city (besides Rotterdam): London, Calcutta

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Getting Around In Rotterdam

Getting around in the city is easy with an extensive system of trams, buses and trains. Visit the English-language webpage of OV9292 to plan your route.

Eating In Rotterdam

Try the infamous apple pie at lunchroom Dudok (picture above), or indulge in the flavors of the world inside the Markthal (picture below)

Try Before You Die: Try a stroopwafel at the Markthal, enjoy a frietje (French fries) at Bram Ladage or dip a fresh herring at The Market Rotterdam, open on Tuesdays & Saturdays

Indian: 91 Spices is a wonderful restaurant for a taste of India. Always lively and close to the Markthal.

Chinese: Tai Wu is a very popular choice in the city, always packed with locals and Asian people alike. Serves very good traditional food and has been in Rotterdam for a very long time.

Thai: Located in Katendrecht, Deli Bird offers amazing Thai food in a lovely area. Have a drink first at Hotel New York and then walk onto the Deliplein!

Food Market: De Food Halls on the Wilhelminakade is great for alternative food and good beer. Open: daily from 12am – 11pm

Indoor Food Market: The start and ending point of our tour, the Markthal is arguably the fanciest market of Holland! Open: daily from 10am – 8pm

Biological Food Market: The Biological Market Eendrachtsplein go-to choice for fresh, organic staples. Open: every Tuesday from 8am – 5:30pm

Drinking In Rotterdam

Bar: A bit tucked away on the ‘Pannekoekstraat’ (Pancake Street), Bokaal has a big choice of good beers and is always crowded.

Grand Cafe: The term ‘Grand Cafe’ is used in Holland for an establishment that is between a bar and a sit-down restaurant. The Westerpaviljoen is one of the oldest and nicest Grand Cafes of Rotterdam to meet locals. They have a wonderful terrace, for a drink on a sunny day.

Grand Cafe: Dudok is an established name in the very heart of downtown Rotterdam. Here you find the best Dutch apple pie and very nice ‘bitterballen’.

Pub: Go to cafe Reijngoud, near Witte de Withstraat, for a good night out. Very alive and a great choice of craft beers, plus a good outdoor terrace.

Dance Club/Live Music: Bird is the hottest place in town to showcase all your jazz & disco moves.

Club: Annabel is the place to go for a wild night out, to see the latest dance & music acts.

The Witte de Withstraat is located in the heart of the city, chock full with wine bars, pubs and terraces

Shopping

Get your best chocolates, perfumes, jewellery & accessories right under the city in the ‘Koopgoot’

Shopping Street: Stroll along the exclusive Kruiskade, to shop for your finest clothing brands and upmarket accessories.

Shopping Street: The Koopgoot (‘buying gutter’) at the heart at the center, takes you down into the greatest international warehouses like H&M and Zara.

Shopping Street: A lesser known gem, but great place to find vintage and second-hand clothing is the Pannekoekstraat.

Museums

Top Choice: The Maritime Museum is perhaps the most important museum for our harbor city.

Museum: If you want to know more about Rotterdam after the tour, Museum Rotterdam is your place!

Museum: The ‘Wereldmuseum‘ (World Museum) will take you on a trip around the globe, from the beautiful location of the Rotterdam Kade.

Being a harbor city, Rotterdam offers a range of maritime museums

Parks

City Park: The ‘Park‘ shows proof that Rotterdammers don’t like to make a fuss over names, especially in the most important park where the towering Euromast is located.

Park/Forest: The Kralingse Bos is great for running, hiring a canoe for the day, or just enjoying a picnic at the Kralingse Plas lake.

Forest: Want to walk for hours, without seeing anyone? The Bergsebos is a beautiful hilly park, and perfect for family outings and a large off-leash area for dogs.