What a view!

See Rotterdam from above. The highest vantage point is, of course, the Euromast (at 185 meters), but there are alternative rooftops offering spectacular views over the city. EUROMAST You can see for miles from Rotterdam’s most popular tourist attraction. From the viewing platform 112 meters up, you look out over the entry point for ships…

Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam

Sensational buildings from an internationally acclaimed architect It’s hard to imagine what the city would look like without the creative input of acclaimed architect, Rem Koolhaas, and his OMA bureau. De Rotterdam on the edge of the Maas is his latest architectural feat, the exhibition gallery, Kunsthal, one of his first. Maybe a new football…

Héroine

Combining a pizzeria, Mexican taqueria and an American diner, Héroine offers a fine dining experience in Het Industriegebouw. Enjoy delicious, affordable food in the restaurant’s cool interior that features wood, beautiful fabrics, sandstone and travertine.  Héroine is the brainchild of three owners and is a great place for adventurous diners as it doesn’t have an…

Sleep in a floating house

This tiny floating house is an initiative of the residents of the Red Apple Marina, a small harbour in the city centre. The house is built of cardboard and is completely sustainable. It’s a good example of Dutch design: it was entirely produced in Amsterdam. Since its opening last summer, it is now used as…

Cafe Verschoor

Cafe Verschoor is one of the oldest brown cafes in town. It has not changed much over the years, and that’s exactly the beauty of it. As a real neighbourhood cafe, it is packed with regulars, but hospitable owners Joke and Theo welcome everyone with the same cordiality. The interior has a maritime theme, with…

The Commons

A brand new restaurant catering to students has opened at the Student Hotel in Rotterdam-Kralingen, called The Commons drinks & food. For affordable prices (the most expensive dish is €12), you can eat hearty dishes like pizzas and burgers, but also small snacks such as calamari and the Scandinavian-style fish jar (different types of fish…

Live Jazz at Bird

Bird is a fairly new concert venue, club and restaurant that was opened in 2015, but its connection to jazz, funk and soul goes back to the previous century when the first generation of immigrants from Surinam came to Holland and introduced these musical styles to the area. Bird was named after American jazz saxophone…

Old Scuola

Old Scuola, as the name suggests, makes old-school pizzas. Old-school Naples that is, with a thin base and a high, fluffy crust that is often a bit charcoaled around the edges due to the extreme heat of the wood-fired ovens. This restaurant, just like its bearded, tattooed pizza cooks, is cool. Outside on the high-windowed…

Essentiel Antwerpen

From now on, you no longer have to travel all the way to our neighbouring country to buy Belgian fashion brand Essentiel Antwerp, because you can now find this beautiful clothing store at De Meent in the centre of Rotterdam. At this women’s clothing store, you’ll find colourful items, often with prints, made from beautiful…

De Tuin

If Rotterdam is Manhattan on the Maas (a name it often gets called), then the Kralingse Bos is its Central Park and, with a little stretch of the imagination, the Kralingse Plas is the famous New York park’s rowing lake. De Tuin van de Vier Windstreken, shortened by Rotterdammers to De Tuin, is one of…