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…

Thoms Stadsbrouwerij

Fancy tapping some home-brewed beer while you eat? Guests eat and drink among the beer tanks at this city centre brewery. They can even draw their own refreshments, with a choice of Thoms Keilen, Thoms Weizen, Thoms Hoppy Pale Ale, Thoms Brut IPA and others. Beer really doesn’t get any fresher. But if ale isn’t…

Vermeyden Delicatessen

Rotterdam-West’s top deli, established more than 100 years ago with a Royal warrant of appointment, and a reputation as a trusted supplier of local and imported delicacies. For quality breads, cheeses, meats, luxury olive oils, vinegar, coffee, tea, and wine. It’s all available in the shop annex and lunchroom. Vermeyden delicatessen also sells filled rolls…

Arty Oasis

Explore: Charlois There’s a special little village in Rotterdam-Zuid called Charlois, or Sharloys as the locals pronounce it with their rolling Rotterdam accent. In recent years it has become a haven for artists and is a nice place to take a stroll. Words: Evelien Baks It’s impossible to miss the Oude Kerk Charlois, an impressive…