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…

Discover Rotterdam’s Harbour

Wereld Havendagen (World Harbour Days) A weekend filled with activities and performances in and around Europe’s biggest harbour, topped off with the famous fireworks show on Saturday night. The event showcases many different aspects of the harbour to all its national and international visitors. Take part in various events and excursions or step aboard the…

Joelia

A new style of dining at Mario’s Rotterdammers call him a go-getter. That’s a huge compliment, especially for someone hailing from Amsterdam. People who roll up their sleeves and put in the hard yards are held in high regard in this city on the Maas, and chef Mario Ridder has been putting in some serious…

Oska & Sirene Mode

Don’t like the average mainstream fashion? Want an outfit that has that je ne sais quoi? OSKA & Sirene Mode, two shops located under one roof, is where you’ll find a great selection showcasing exceptional design and great quality. OSKA is a world-famous German label best known for its stylish and sustainable, comfortable and elegant…

Dudok

A new brasserie in The Heerenhuys, Dudok is owned by the people behind Zochers and Heerenhuis De Heuvel, its predecessors being in the same building. The catering company Dudok has owned the 18th-century villa near the Euromast for more than 25 years. This latest venture follows the rhythm of Het Park, serving breakfast, mid-morning coffee,…

Backyard

Backyard is exactly how it sounds. Its interior is designed to look like an industrial backyard with lots of plants and wires hung with softly glowing lamps. It is all very lovely and Instagram-worthy. Divided into different areas — diner, lounge and working space — the restaurant only serves plant-based food. Try the smokey vegan…