Gym&Gin

Gym&Gin is located at the edge of Kralingse Bos next to a sports complex and gym. It’s all about balance here – that is to say, balancing good food and a healthy lifestyle without forgoing fun along the way. Kick-start your day with a cold-pressed slow-juice and buckwheat pancakes while seated inside Gym&Gin’s lush green…

UFO Restaurant

It’s not for nothing that Rotterdam is called Manhattan on the Maas. Tall buildings dot the skyline of this city. This tower may not be the highest, but it’s certainly unique. It boasts the only revolving restaurant in town and, at 42-metres altitude, you’ll experience an amazing meal with a spectacular view over the city.…

Open-air Cinema!

Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam Europe’s biggest open-air cinema is back on for the next few weeks! Watch a movie in the centre of the cultural quarter along with thousands of other people. Tickets cost only a few euros and you can rent a chair for €1 – or bring your own, as the locals do. The screen is…

Carolus

Carolus is a new bistro in Kralingen, specialising in Burgundy-style and Eastern-influenced cooking. All the food is made from local produce as much as possible. The place is already pulling in customers, who drop by for a quick drink as well as those staying longer for dinner. That might have something to do with the…

Dudok

A new brasserie in The Heerenhuys, Dudok is owned by the people behind Zochers and Heerenhuis De Heuvel, its predecessors being in the same building. The catering company Dudok has owned the 18th-century villa near the Euromast for more than 25 years. This latest venture follows the rhythm of Het Park, serving breakfast, mid-morning coffee,…

Au Château

A café, lunch spot and wine bar all in one, Au Château is a brand-new spot in Hillegersberg and owned by Erik Horvat. Travelling through Southern Europe, Erik noticed that people would get coffee and breakfast early in the morning before going to work. He believed this was something that was missing in the Netherlands…

The Naked Fish

The premise is simple: fresh fish, crustaceans and shellfish, with delectable wines to match. While you won’t find the most extensive menu at the Naked Fish, what you will discover is quality produce with a focus on sustainability and diversity. Alongside the menu there are weekly specials. Address: Kerksingel 9g, 2651 CC Berkel en Rodenrijs Opening…

Backyard

Backyard is exactly how it sounds. Its interior is designed to look like an industrial backyard with lots of plants and wires hung with softly glowing lamps. It is all very lovely and Instagram-worthy. Divided into different areas — diner, lounge and working space — the restaurant only serves plant-based food. Try the smokey vegan…

Toko Trash

Toko Trash Welcome to Manuela’s tropical kitchen, proof that you don’t always need to board a plane to feel like you are on a holiday. The decor here does the trick: the pink kitchen with its palm-tree print, the amazing painted ceiling and the laidback atmosphere all suggesting you’re somewhere far more exotic. Toko Trash…

The Historic Oude Haven

The ‘hardy’ man’s haven Rotterdam is world-famous for its international port. But nowadays its very first port, in Oude Haven, is now a busy entertainment hub and somewhere where you can watch ‘hardy’ men restoring their boats. Words: Evelien Baks Not that long ago, men used to traipse around the docks at Haringvliet dragging heavy…