Peter's Recommendations for Rotterdam

Peter’s personal recommendations for Rotterdam!

These are my personal tips -based on experience and research- for a great experience in Rotterdam! This resulted in a good list of tips! You can click on the bold text to get to the Google Maps location of the establishment.

Rotterdam is running through my veins.

I was born and raised here, I have lived all my life in this fascinating city.
I love its pace.
Its honesty.
In Rotterdam you see what you get and you get what you see.
I love the ever changing skyline.
I love its bridges, the river and the sound of the boats.
I love its diversity.
But most of all, I love its people.
As a guide I hope to share my passion for Rotterdam with you.
I am sure this city will earn for ever a  special place in your heart.

And don’t forget to write me a review here of course 😉


Exploring / Food
Dutch Snacks & Sweets
Bars
Nightlife
Shopping
Museums
Parks / Historic Neighborhoods


EXPLORING / FOOD

The new Rotterdam hotspot is Station Bergweg
This fabulous foodhall is in an old train station and you will find here a wide range of the best food and drinks the city has to offer. The atmosphere is relaxed. The interior unique. And the quality of the twelve foodstalls excellent. It just takes a very pleasant twenty minute walk from the city centre to Station Bergweg at Bergweg 335. Have an early breakfast, a late espresso with French pastry, a smashburger or just a local beer there. Check the website for opening hours.

The Kuub Coffee is a must-visit,
first of all because it is surrounded by the world famous cube houses. The coffee is of an exceptional quality and last but not least you can order here a delicacy called Zeeuwse Bolus. This specialty from the Dutch Southwest is soft, sweet and addictive. The perfect hangout for young and old travellers who fell in love with Rotterdam. Location: Overblaak 96, opposite of the StayOkay Youthhostel.

Warung Mini (Witte de Withstraat)
The place to go for good and tasty Surinamese food like the world famous Saoto soup.

Koozie
Koozie is my favorite lunchroom (they also serve excellent wine by the way). You’ll find is on the Noordereiland, a small island in the middle of the Maas. The staff is super friendly. The food is fresh and tasty. And the outdoor terrace feels like heaven. Open from Wednesday till Sunday.

DUTCH SNACKS & SWEETS

Try a stroopwafel at the Markthal

Located on the Pannekoekstraat, at Tante Nel you’ll find excellent French fries, krokets and of course bitterballs (also vegan). A relaxed place with an excellent outdoor terrace

Bas Bakt (meaning; Bas bakes) is one of the best bakeries in town. Try their cheese tosti and don’t miss their “haverkoek”. You’ll love it.

Try a fresh herring at The Market Rotterdam, open on Tuesdays & Saturdays

(FOOD) MARKETS

Foodhallen Wilhelminakade
Great for alternative food and good beer. Open: daily from 12am – 11pm

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

BARS

Bokaal
This bar on the Pannekoekstraat (Pancake Street) has a big choice of good beers and is always crowded.

 Westerpaviljoen
Very old and nice Grand Cafe to meet locals. They have a wonderful terrace, for a drink on a sunny day.

NIGHTLIFE

Reijngoud
Party place near Witte de Withstraat. Very alive and great beer, plus a good outdoor terrace.

Bird
Very good dance venue for your jazz & disco moves.

Annabel
This is where to go for a wild night out, to see the latest dance & music acts.

SHOPPING

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

For a variety of interesting independent shops, I recommend the Zwaanshals. The street is close to the Noordplein and the Rotte, the river that gave the city its name. Also good coffee and plenty of sweets there 🙂

MUSEUMS

Museum Rotterdam
This small museum located at metro station Coolhaven offers an excellent exhibition about life in Rotterdam during the Second World War. It includes a multimedia experience, which allows you to relive the devastation of the bombardment in the city. It is a unassuming and often overlooked museum, which does not only tell you the big stories – but also includes the lesser know stories, like the ‘forgotten bombardment’.

 

PARKS / HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS

Historic Delfshaven
I would not be a history student if I did not mention this historic treasure. This little area in the neighborhood of Delfshaven (also the place where I was raised) is one of the only parts of the city that survived the bombardment of 1940 and therefore retains many traditional elements. Visit one of the oldest churches in Rotterdam, famed for the Pilgrim Fathers, who left from this part of the city to the New World in 1620.