Rotterdam Hidden Gems

Think city tours are the preserve of unadventurous tourists and that they’ve nothing to offer you because you’ve seen it all? You couldn’t be more wrong. Rotterdam Hidden Gems’ daily tours are a world away from the image you may have in mind. You effortlessly cruise around the city on all-electric scooters, without being overloaded…

New Vegan

It’s something you hear more and more: 2018 will be the year veganism goes mainstream. Given the number of new vegan places popping up in Rotterdam, that prediction seems to be on track… Words: Ellen Scholtens Jack Bean For workers heading home and tourists alike, Jack Bean is conveniently located opposite Rotterdam Central Station and…

A day out in The Hague

It is just a 30-minute train ride from the centre of Rotterdam to The Hague, and with so much to see and do, the Dutch political capital makes for the perfect day trip. Words: Evelien Baks The Hague has had a royal bearing for hundreds of years, boasting two palaces within its municipal limits, and…

Heroics on Noordereiland

Wedged between the city’s north and south is a unique area of Rotterdam called Noordereiland. Nowadays it’s a peaceful suburb, but it wasn’t always that way. During the Second World War, Dutch marines stood their ground on the old Hef Bridge, valiantly defending the city. Words: Evelien Baks Noordereiland is a residential island lying in the…

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…

Arty Oasis

Explore: Charlois There’s a special little village in Rotterdam-Zuid called Charlois, or Sharloys as the locals pronounce it with their rolling Rotterdam accent. In recent years it has become a haven for artists and is a nice place to take a stroll. Words: Evelien Baks It’s impossible to miss the Oude Kerk Charlois, an impressive…