Restaurant of the Future

Some called her crazy, but she proved them wrong. Hospitality entrepreneur Femke Snijders transformed the white water course of the dilapidated tropical paradise Tropicana into a restaurant of the future. ‘Aloha Bar is my candy store.’ By Chantal Lindsen  Transforming the white water courses of an old swimming pool into a restaurant sounds insane. What…

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…

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…

NY Basement

This is a new restaurant with an old soul. NY Basement is a fine dining restaurant in Hotel New York’s souterrain. It’s every bit as hip and historic as the ground floor restaurant, but is smaller, more exclusive and intimate. As guests descend the so-called ‘stairway to history’ they find themselves transported to a previous…

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…

Freitag

This new store in Van Oldenbarneveltstraat — the very first Freitag in the Netherlands — carries the Swiss brand’s entire collection. For those still unacquainted with the name, that means up to 2,000 different bags all made from recycled truck tarpaulins. For those who do know this hip sustainable brand, it means you can browse…

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…

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 —…