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Hotspot: The Foodhallen Words: Ellen Scholtens Photo: Bart Hoogveld A former warehouse transformed into a designer hotel with its own mercado is the latest hotspot at Kop van Zuid. Located in a historic building that, from 1818 onwards, was originally used to store tea, seeds and nuts. The mercado, or food court Foodhallen Rotterdam, dishes…

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…

Old Dutch

Old Dutch The iconic Old Dutch restaurant has been a beacon of traditional Dutch hospitality since 1932. Resembling a whitewashed farmhouse, Old Dutch has a dark-brown oaken interior, stained glass windows, and beautifully starched linen and candles on the tables. Loyal clients, business folk for the main part, praise the restaurant for its huge homemade…

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…

Langoest

Chef Shi-Qian Yi’s brand new venture Langoest is a fantastic fish restaurant where they serve the best seafood, such as fruits de mer, lobster and, Shi’s favourite, the octopus. The fish is sourced from Rotterdam’s best fish supplier, Schmidt Zeevis. The decor is fabulous as well, with contemporary furniture and materials such as marble, wood…

‘nJoy Chocolate

At ‘nJoy Chocolate, a new chocolatier in town, you will find chocolates of many different sizes and flavours. The store opened its first branch in Dordrecht and has been running successfully there for years. And now, Rotterdammers can also enjoy these delicious chocolates on the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by that…

Best of Rotterdam

During the hot summer months there’s nothing more satisfying than a light Asian meal. From Chinese to Vietnamese – here are some of Rotterdam’s best places! Written by Ellen Scholtens Rotterdammers are addicted to spicy food. Whether it’s a Surinamese bread roll or an Indonesian ‘rice table’ banquet, here in Europe’s largest port city —…

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…

True Food Kantine

The new True Food Kantine, next to the vibrant Witte de With Quarter, is a great place in the city to work or hold meetings, as well have a nice meal. True Food Kantine is a lovely and welcoming place where both Rotterdammers, students, expats and tourists come to work or study and have a…

Nomo

Chicken, waffles and pancakes. Now, how can anyone not like that? At this recently-opened restaurant, you can gorge on this delicious soul food until your heart’s content. Nomo is short for northern mood and is located at Noordplein in Rotterdam North. The owner, Jerrel Landvreugd, is always smiling – he is the core of the…