The recommendations bible of Wim!

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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Food / Restaurants
Food / Breakfast / Lunch
Dutch Snacks & Sweets
Food Markets
Bars
Nightlife
Shopping
Coffeeshops
Museum
Parks



Food / Restaurants

Restaurant 1
Around €17,50 for a dish.

Rotterdam’s first Michelin-star restaurant, famous for their unorthodox molecular-style of cooking.

 

Restaurant 2
Around €8,00 for a dish.

Your best bet for Asian food, and so cheap it should be illegal. Try everything.


Restaurant 3
Around €16,00 for a dish.

Great restaurant, famous for their meze-style dinner. Try their famous falafel dish with a scrumptious tabouleh salad.

 

Dutch snacks & sweets

Try a stroopwafel, I love it because…

Try a kroket at Bram Ladage, I love it because…

Try a fresh herring at The Market Rotterdam, I love it because…

 

(Food) markets


Foodhallen Wilhelminakade
Great for alternative food on a beautiful location! Open: daily from 12am – 11pm

Markthal
The start and ending point for 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


Bar 1
Your best bet for a great beer and a shot at the billiard table!

 Bar 2
If you love wine, like me, then this should be on your list. Don’t ask for their menu, let the sommelier advise you!

Bar 3
With a great view on the Meuse, this pub is the best choice on those sultry summer nights. Order a tangy Cosmopolitan cocktail as you watch the sunset…

 

Nightlife


Party place 1
The birthplace of Rotterdam’s house scene, dance till you drop!

Party place 2
The best way to meet locals and listen to different style of modern music.

Party place 3
A good way to practice your salsa steps and get on those tobasco toes! Every Friday night merengue night!

 

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.

 

Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)


Coffeeshop 1
Nice seating inside and very good information with your quality pot.

Coffeeshop 2
A favorite among locals, because of its great location and ever so giggly crowd.

Coffeeshop 3
Good for trying space cake or hash brownies (no, not the English breakfast-style ones)…

Museums


Scheepvaartmuseum
Perhaps the most important museum for our harbor city.

Boymans van Beuningen
Well-known for their monthly expeditions.

Wereldmuseum
The world museum will take you on a trip around the globe, from the beautiful starting point of the Rotterdam Kade.

Parks/extra


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

Kralingse Bos
Great for running, hiring a canoe for the day, or just enjoying a picnic at the Kralingse Plas lake.

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