Inside Rotterdam Van Tijen Terrace Industriegebouw

New rooftop terrace

A rooftop terrace with skyline views is now for rent! This summer, the Van Tijen terrace opens on the top floor of Het Industriegebouw. The location on the fifth floor has been restored to its original 1951 state, yet includes today’s modern facilities. A brand new location for workshops, meetings, drinks, private dining (up to …

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best burgers in Rotterdam

Best burgers

They used to be random fast-food snacks, but now restaurants build their whole existence around them. Burgers have become a culinary work of art. And Rotterdam has enough artists to serve you the best. Words: Gerdien Barnard Hamburg Hamburg was one of the first true burger restaurants in town. The beef is Dutch and the …

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Calaboose in Inside Rotterdam


Satés and cocktails are a divine combination, especially if served by the ‘Saté Man’ together with shakers from cocktail bar Dr. At Calaboose. Take a seat at the restaurant’s detached building or ‘tropical’ inner garden and dine on Indonesian dishes with a twist (saté ajam, babi, gado gado, rendang, sajoer lodeh). Drinks include the Honeymaker …

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Inside Rotterdam - Or Die Trying

‘Or Die Trying’

By Alida Dors Dreamers and fighters: Is giving up an option? How much of a fight are you willing to put up to accomplish your goals? Hip-hop, film and Thai boxing come together in “Or Die Trying” by Alida Dors. The piece is performed by four Thai boxers and three dancers who push beyond their …

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Black Smoke restaurant

Black Smoke

The king of the barbecue, Jord Althuizen, and captain of liquids, Kasper Stuart, have teamed up and transformed an old fire station at the monumental Van Nelle Factory on the Delfshaven Schie into a ‘blistering hot’ barbecue restaurant with a giant dining bar. Order Latin-inspired bar snacks (from the Argentinian grill, African braai or Japanese …

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A free state for music and food at the Weelde

De Weelde

This place is amazing. A-MA-ZING. It is so unique and creative. Weelde is a free state in Rotterdam West where music, theatre, art, performance, food and drink meld together. The grounds are over two hectares and include a lunchroom, a restaurant, a bar, a lush garden, a large shed and a huge greenhouse. Check their …

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Sala Federica, the Italian restaurant

Osteria Sala Federico

Imagine yourself on a piazza in a small Italian village, watching your food being made in an open kitchen. Osteria Sala Federico is the Italian living room of Kralingen, where you immediately feel at home. The ‘sala’ has a menu (that changes every day!) full of traditional, regional dishes that you can hardly find in …

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Walk into Destino and you know you have reached your destination. Destino serves next level tapas. After nine years, ownership has recently changed hands as Niels Koomans and Nelleke Elbert handed over the Spanish baton from Niels Koomans. He has hardly touched the concept, however, whereas lunch was previously not on the menu at Destino, …

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