Master’s Tea & Coffee

This bright and welcoming store on Lusthofstraat offers an amazing variety of teas and coffees from every corner of the world. As with wine, every country – and even region – has it own specific taste. Can’t decide which of the many, many different blends and beans to buy? Fear not. The store’s owner, Floor,…

Carolus

Carolus is a new bistro in Kralingen, specialising in Burgundy-style and Eastern-influenced cooking. All the food is made from local produce as much as possible. The place is already pulling in customers, who drop by for a quick drink as well as those staying longer for dinner. That might have something to do with the…

De Tuin

HOTSPOT ALERT! 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. The Tuin van de Vier Windstreken, shortened by Rotterdammers to De Tuin, is…

Best rooftop bars

Rotterdam might be low-lying but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy drinks from great heights in this city of skyscrapers. Let’s go explore! By Ellen Scholtens The Suicide Club As you exit the Central Station you’re smack-bang in front of one of the city’s coolest addresses, The Suicide Club, located on the rooftop of the…

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…

Café Rose Rouge

You know these dark hotel bars from nostalgic films, where a beautiful girl or guy spends the evening nursing a glass of whisky? Well, we now have one in Rotterdam, just without the hotel attached – and it’s not all that gloomy either. The stylish Café Rose Rouge in Rotterdam-Noord, styled on hotel bars, is…

Metropole Café NRC

Metropole Café NRC Nieuw Rotterdams Café, aka NRC, is a café-restaurant with a huge terrace, and at the weekend a club where DJs play cool beats in different bar spaces. During the day, NRC is a popular meeting place for young and old; the latter perhaps recognising more readily the black-and-white photos of stars like…

De Witte Aap

De Witte Aap  One of the most popular cafés for young Rotterdammers in one of the city’s most popular entertainment streets. Often jam-packed inside and out on the street, this authentic brown café – traditional watering holes that are a quintessential part of Rotterdam’s culture – gets a big thumbs up for its good beer…

The Suïcide Club

The Suïcide Club The Suïcide Club is a triple threat – great food, brilliant cocktails and a spectacular view. The atmosphere isn’t bad either. The inspiration for this club are the high-end bars with big roof terraces that you might find in major metropolises such as New York or Hong Kong. Elevate your mind, go…