RotterdamseKost

Food & Music This food festival boasts the Netherlands’ largest outdoor bar and promises to be both a culinary and musical surprise. As well as typical Rotterdam street food, there will be signature dishes from the city’s best restaurants. There will also be live shows by big names in Dutch music. This includes the likes…

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…

UEB West

A huge shiny La Marzocco coffee machine takes centre stage in this coffee bar.  UEB – short for Urban Espresso bar – is seen as one of the city’s top coffee establishments. With their collaboration with local coffee roastery, Giraffe, and the stylish chic interior, UEB West has fostered a loyal clientele. Customers equally come…

Culinesse

It might not be in the city centre, but trust us, this beachside culinary festival is well worth the metro ride to Nesselande (terminus line B). It’s a feast for all the senses, where you can not only sample delicious food (courtesy of city restaurants such as Asian Glories and Hotel New York) but also…

Out on the terrace

There are small ones, large ones, ones that are highly visible, and ones that are well hidden. They may all be very different but they all have two things in common: amazing drinks and the ultimate summer feeling. After much deliberation, these Rotterdam terraces have made it through our strict selection process and are awaiting…

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…

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…