A get-together for whiskey fans!

Whiskybase Gathering Love whisky? Rotterdam͛’s favourite whisky shop is organising a gathering especially for enthusiasts. There will be more than 1,500 whiskies to choose from, ranging from 1900s vintages to the yet-to-be-released. Tickets are €27,50 for one day or €45 for both days. 20 October (12pm-6pm) & 21 October (11am-5pm), Maassilo (Charlois) whiskybase.com/gathering [Photo by…

De Jong

The wild flowers on the tables say it all. Jim de Jong’s says his restaurant creates dishes using “the best nature has to offer”. Seasonal vegetables, flowers and herbs feature in his kitchen located under the hip Hofbogen, a stone’s throw from the Hofplein and its landmark fountain. Some of the produce comes from de…

GYS

A hip organic eatery decorated with green living walls. This sustainable restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan customers are spoilt for choice, whether they are coming for breakfast (pancakes with blueberries), lunch (sweet potato burger) or dinner. Tip: Try the Meatless Loaf or Kapsalon, a healthy version of the famous Rotterdam junk food meal, with tempeh, sweet…

Ready to Rock

Left of the Dial A new showcase festival, organised by Rotown, and offering the best in (post-) punk, garage, shoegaze and noiserock. With more than 30 bands playing across five different locations, rock and punk lovers will be sure to find something they like. The line-up consists of, among others, Bad Breeding, Jo Passed and…

Broodje Suri

Meet Rotterdam’s most popular snack, the broodje Suri. Words: Ellen Scholtens If you like exotic yet familiar flavours, then a broodje Suri is the ideal snack for you. It is Surinamese bread, which is a bit like a pistolet bread roll, with Surinamese fillings. Or as Surinamers call it: toespijs. Given the former Dutch colony’s…

Surprising Music Festival

A Festival Downtown A mix of Rotterdam’s best electronic music and artists from abroad, this small festival is a real gem for anyone who likes surprising and emerging acts. From electronic to jazz, hip-hop and all types of exciting combinations in-between. It͛s also free, so you can dip in and out of the various venues until…

Dance and Circus Spectacle

TING! Scapino Ballet This well-received performance moulds together dance, music and circus into one mesmerising spectacle. Dancers from Scapino Ballet, musicians from the pop band NITS and the best circus artists pool their talents together. The show in 2016 sold out within weeks; this autumn it returns to Rotterdam one last time. Ticket prices start at…

NY Basement

This is a new restaurant with an old soul. NY Basement is a fine dining restaurant in Hotel New York’s souterrain. It’s every bit as hip and historic as the ground floor restaurant, but is smaller, more exclusive and intimate. As guests descend the so-called ‘stairway to history’ they find themselves transported to a previous…