De Harmonie

De Harmonie Design a meal to your liking from a number of delicious 15 euro options. This restaurant oozes nature with its huge garden, wooden floors, and charming bunches of flowers on the tables. Only the black and white blown-up photos of harbour scenes give away the fact that you are in the middle of…

Mini Golf

Mini Golf There’s a popular mini golfcourse in the leafy park next to the Euromast. The whole family will be kept busy for a good hour putting their way round the crazy 18-hole obstacle course. Afterwards take the family to the restaurant to tuck into a meal of real Dutch pancakes. Parkhaven 22, midgetgolfparkhaven.nl

Blijdorp Zoo

Blijdorp Zoo Karuna the baby rhinoceros is a heart stealer. She is Blijdorp Zoo’s favourite attraction for visitors of all ages. At the zoo you are immersed in plants and animals from all around the world. Close to the city and easily accessed by bus or metro. Blijdorplaan 8, diergaardeblijdorp.nl

Museum Rotterdam

Vrouwen van Rotterdam (Women from Rotterdam) – until 1 October Many women got stuck in and helped with the rebuild of the city in the years following WWII. Vrouwen van Rotterdam is an ode to all those staunch women who did their bit. Who were they? Museum Rotterdam – Rodezand 26

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Gek van Surrealisme (Crazy from Surrealism) – until 28 May Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Joan Miro … famous surrealist artists brought together in a wonderful fantasy-world exhibition called Gek van Surrealisme. A unique display with hundreds of the craziest best works sourced from private collections and the museum’s treasure vault. From Dali’s fire-red…

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe The seminally talented photographer from New York’s roaring eighties American photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) would have felt right at home in Rotterdam today. A city with edge, just like his work. See it at the Kunsthal… EVELIEN BAKS Robert Mapplethorpe was quite a guy. Gaining prominence during the exciting 70s and…

Hutspot Rotterdam

Hutspot Rotterdam A fantastic mini-warehouse that sells a hotch-potch (hutspot) of wares such as clothes, bikes, lamps, furniture, accessories, and heaps of other must-haves. This concept store is a great place to check out new and interesting brands, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Its owners are always on the lookout for unique products made with care…

Jac A. van Zanten

Jac A. van Zanten A delicatessen specializing in British food and gifts such as Mrs Ball’s chutneys or Emma Bridgewater’s crockery. High tea is served in the ‘living room’ (and wine section) space a couple of steps up at the back of the shop. Karel Doormanstraat 292

Stone Island by Country House

Stone Island by Country House This shop specialises in Italian designed, quality casual gear for men. Stone Island, with its distinctive compass logo, is their main label. They also sell jackets by C.P Company, jeans by Denham, and jumpers by Ten C (an acronym for The Emperor’s New Clothes). Karel Doormanstraat 344

Nostra

Nostra Loyal patrons frequent this cheerful wine bar for its high teas and high wines. Its menu includes club sandwiches, wild sockeye salmon, rib-eye steak salad, and gorgonzola dolce on bread with locally made condiments. Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 127a