THE RECOMMENDATIONS BIBLE OF PIETER

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.

All of you good luck in Rotterdam!

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


 

 

EXPLORING / FOOD

Wilhelminapier
Take a stroll across the Erasmus bridge, towards the South and take a right at the end to appreciate the modern architecture of the Wilhelminapier. This part of Rotterdam is called ‘De Kop van Zuid’ (The Tip of the South). It includes many modern architectural marvels and gives you an introduction to the massive Port of Rotterdam. Take a break at the historic Holland-America Line headquarters, which is called Hotel New York today. Enjoy a lunch or cup of coffee at the hotel restaurant, with an amazing view over the city.

 

 

DUTCH SNACKS & SWEETS

Try a stroopwafel at the Markthal

Try a frietje (French fries) at Bram Ladage, you will find them in many places around Rotterdam

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

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

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.

Dudok
Very well-known Grand Cafe. Here you find the best Dutch apple pie and very nice ‘bitterballen’.

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.