Perceel

A garden full of explosive flavours Words: Ellen Scholtens One of the region’s best restaurants lies just outside Rotterdam. A place where flowers play a leading role both on the ceiling and on the plate. If there is something that typifies his kitchen, then it’s his perfectly-composed menus. Sometimes even the greatest of gourmet chefs…

De Jong

The wild flowers on the tables say it all. Jim de Jong’s says his restaurant creates dishes using “the best nature has to offer”. Seasonal vegetables, flowers and herbs feature in his kitchen located under the hip Hofbogen, a stone’s throw from the Hofplein and its landmark fountain. Some of the produce comes from de…

GYS

A hip organic eatery decorated with green living walls. This sustainable restaurant’s vegetarian and vegan customers are spoilt for choice, whether they are coming for breakfast (pancakes with blueberries), lunch (sweet potato burger) or dinner. Tip: Try the Meatless Loaf or Kapsalon, a healthy version of the famous Rotterdam junk food meal, with tempeh, sweet…

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…

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…