Groot Handelsgebouw

A new vision for the future Located right next to Rotterdam Central Station, the Groot Handelsgebouw is known as an icon of post-war reconstruction. Through its visionary design, it’s more in demand than ever before. With Rotterdam’s city centre almost entirely wiped out during World War II, many entrepreneurs lost their businesses. While the war …

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De Pijp

Any talk of long-standing Rotterdam institutions and chances are you will hear ‘Bierhandel’ De Pijp mentioned in the conversation. This establishment originally opened in 1898 and, after being damaged in the Rotterdam bombardment, was rebuilt in 1940 in a former garage and bicycle parking building. Inside, the decor is old and brown, and sand and …

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Old Dutch, forever young “Food prepared at the table is back in fashion” Traditional Rotterdam restaurant, Old Dutch, is one of only a handful offering genuine Dutch fare. Some dishes are still even prepared at the table. Old Dutch is all about good, old-fashioned, cosy comfort. Words: Ellen Scholtens As soon as the darker winter …

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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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