De Gele Kanarie

Translating as the Yellow Canary, this huge, beautifully decorated beer café is the cool new hang-out on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s food and drink, an enormous terrace that catches the sun late into the evening, live music, bingo and pub quizzes. But why that name? It refers to the ‘yellow rascals’ beer brewed on…

Freitag

This new store in Van Oldenbarneveltstraat — the very first Freitag in the Netherlands — carries the Swiss brand’s entire collection. For those still unacquainted with the name, that means up to 2,000 different bags all made from recycled truck tarpaulins. For those who do know this hip sustainable brand, it means you can browse…

Home Stock

This brand-new mini warehouse is like a candy store. It’s an explosion of coloured and printed homeware, including a pink couch, golden tables, flower frames, cute candles, palm-tree wallpaper and plenty more. Fans of the trendy bohemian lifestyle will adore it. Whether you’re after something for your own home, an off-beat present or just inspiration, you’ll…

Koekela

Koekela is an American-style cakes and cookies store. During the weekend, Rotterdammers will line up here to get their fix of brownies, bars, muffins, cakes, scones and other irresistible treats sold by weight or per item. Also cheesecakes, lemon and meringue pies, and Koekela’s very own version of American Pie. Everything is made by hand…

Voorlopig

An eccentric department store – that’s how the owners refer to this unique gift shop. This place is a feast for your eyes, there are just so many lovely things to see and buy. A wall covered in little fish, made from porcelain and sourced from Portugal, nesting stations for birds, picture postcards, and hypoallergenic jewellery. Shelves…

Russian Classics Reinvented

Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival The city’s pride, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will headline at this year’s classical festival celebrating Russian music. And this year there will be much to celebrate, with it being the Russian conductor’s 30th festival. The rest of the fantastic line-up consists of Sergei Babayan, the choir of…

From Estate to Museum Park

The history of Museumpark Words by Evelien Baks It was only 100 years ago that the area now widely known as Museumpark was just ordinary farmland. Yet this farmland had far-from-ordinary owners: the extremely wealthy Van Hoboken family. Their old estate now houses six museums, and becoming a very nice place to walk and attend…

Night of the Cape

Night of the Cape  Nacht van de Kaap (Night of the Cape) promises an evening of chansons and tall tales held, as the name suggests, on the Kaap (Cape) of Rotterdam, at Katendrecht. Picture the peninsula as it used to be, when it was still a red-light district and the haunt of sailors, with a…

Old Dutch

Old Dutch The iconic Old Dutch restaurant has been a beacon of traditional Dutch hospitality since 1932. Resembling a whitewashed farmhouse, Old Dutch has a dark-brown oaken interior, stained glass windows, and beautifully starched linen and candles on the tables. Loyal clients, business folk for the main part, praise the restaurant for its huge homemade…