A day out in The Hague

It is just a 30-minute train ride from the centre of Rotterdam to The Hague, and with so much to see and do, the Dutch political capital makes for the perfect day trip. Words: Evelien Baks The Hague has had a royal bearing for hundreds of years, boasting two palaces within its municipal limits, and…

Heroics on Noordereiland

Wedged between the city’s north and south is a unique area of Rotterdam called Noordereiland. Nowadays it’s a peaceful suburb, but it wasn’t always that way. During the Second World War, Dutch marines stood their ground on the old Hef Bridge, valiantly defending the city. Words: Evelien Baks Noordereiland is a residential island lying in the…

Ecclectic Festival Village

REC. Festival The area around Annabel and Biergarten will be turned into a festival village with concerts showcasing various musical genres, including disco, soul, afrobeat, hip-hop, indie and future R&B. The festival is the place to discover new sounds, as it attracts up-and-coming stars, alongside legendary acts. Keep an eye on the website for the…

Festival for Jazz Lovers

Festival Jazz International An indoor festival promising a huge variety of high-quality concerts! For jazz lovers and connoisseurs, this is the go-to event to discover new sounds and enjoy the best acts over there. Thanks to the festival’s small scale, the concerts are very intimate. See the website for ticket details and updates on the…

Movies for Nature Lovers

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam With a focus on nature, this festival will screen films and documentaries by young talent as well as big names such as David Attenborough. There will be awards in different categories, Q&A sessions, theme nights and children’s activities. Be sure to check the website for ticket details and updates to the…

King of Comedy

Jimmy Carr – Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World tour The legendary British comedian, famous for his dark humour and dry wit, returns to Rotterdam as part of his world tour. In its review, The Guardian described Carr as “a comedy hero for our times”. Hear his best jokes from his 15-year career along…

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…