What are the best places to eat, drink, go out, sleep and more? The editorial team of Inside Rotterdam asked people on the streets for their favourites!
Anika Rasenberg (26), hostess Het Nieuwe Kantoor (HNK)
Biking in the Karalingse Bos and along the Kralingse Plas. The combination of the green and the skyline. And I have a girlfriend who lives on the Kop van Zuid and looks out over the Koninginnenbrug, de Hef, and the Erasmusbrug. Amazing views.
Biergarten because it is a great outdoors spot and attracts a young, international crowd and the new bar Containerbar Noord.
Depends on my budget! But in any case Bazar, Gusto, and The Fish Market.
IWSBS, (called Bob & Bill now).
Not the Stadhuisplein. Rotown, Stalles and the Belgian beer cafe Boudewijn on the Nieuwe Binnenweg.
Rotterdam is …
Modern with an industrial character. Becoming hipper, which unfortunately is reflected in the house prices.
Arij den Otter (45), manager, fashion shop
I love the old harbours with their undeveloped raw edges. Like artist Joep van Lieshout’s spot on the Merwe-Vierhavenkwartier.
The Witte de Withstreet and Deliplein, especially for the Fenix Food Factory.
Bistrot du Bac, and De Jong, Jim de Jong’s restaurant near De Hofbogen.
De Schouw, an old haunt for journalists, it is a bit of an institution, and Bar Z, Ballroom, Sjatzi and Bar. And KINO: great for films and you can eat and drink there as well.
Vintage & Labels by Hendrikus and Tok10 for Comme des Garçons. I’m a real Susan Bijl fan as well; we always buy her latest shopppingbags. She is a true Rotterdammer and her designs are sold all around the world.
Edgy and unexpected. I feel quite proud of how energic and buzzing it is.
Renette Sastrowidjojo (49), owner, recruitment agency
I eat out most days, mostly for my work. My favourites are Spirit, SanSan, Guliano, the lunch corner in Schmidt Zeevis, and the Markthal. I like a hamburger now and then. Ter Marsch is good, and Ellis near the Central Station.
I work in the World Trade Centre and buy everything from the Bijenkorf. Nice and easy. Everything under one roof.
The Bijenkorf downstairs, and Lebkov.
There’s often great festivals on in Het Park bij de Euromast. But the whole city is great these days.
Tourists used to find our city centre ugly. Now everyone can see how much it has grown. Its a real metropolis now and not just a business centre!
Nina Swaep, blogger and owner of The Ubiquist, author of Time to Momo Rotterdam, city guide (28)
Biking over the Erasmusbrug, the view of the Hefbrug by night, the rosarium behind Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and walking over the Luchtsingel.
For breakfast: Ayla, Lilith and Op het dak. Lunch: Buiten, Kopi Soesoe and Bistrot du Bac. Dinner: De Matroos and het Meisje, Frits en Rijntje. Always: Warung Mini.
Ayla and Noah for cocktails and atmosphere. De Schouw and De Ouwehoer are great traditional, brown cafés. Theatre Walhalla and Jazzclub Bird for good performances.
Architecture Fesitival Zigzag City, Pleinbioscoop and Djemaa el fna during the summer months. The International Film Festival Rotterdam during winter.
I buy just about everything from Very Cherry. I buy gifts from OMI, GROOS or Barrelproof Boutique.
Westerpaviljoen, because it is sunny so late, and Urban Espressobar West. Vessel 11’s terrace is always partytime. And around the Deliplein.
An unusual mix of raw edges with an open, honest character and an unquenchable thirst for entrepreneurship. Always under construction, never finished.
Ron Riedijk (32), co-operator of a holiday park and financial advisor
The view I get when jogging over the Maasboulevard from the Shell station heading towards the centre. The city has changed so much over the past 5 years.
For a quick meal one of the food places on Witte de Withstraat, like Warung Mini. Or the Vietnamese on the Botersloot: delicious, fast and affordable.
De Zondebok and ’t Zwarte Schaap at the top of Witte de Withstraat because the sun is there till late. And Hotel New York when the beachchairs are out!
To the pub, mostly on the Nieuwe Binnenweg or Witte de Withstraat.
X21 for street wear and sneakers and the Bijenkorf.
Daniella Isseli (35), secondary school teacher
I love La Vita è Bella. Also Ter Marsch and Oliva on Witte de Withstraat.
Parqiet in Het Park bij de Euromast and Paviljoen in the Vroesenpark, which is also good for children!
Ambling along the Maas on the city side, over the Maasboulevard and the Boompjes.
The Pannekoekstraat for just about everything. Louen is my ultimate shop, followed by Imagine by Kim and Fleur.
I like the Food Festival Trek.
Heilige Boontjes where there used to be a police station. A rehabilitation centre now for juveniles who have been in contact with the police…
Martin Baan (37) restaurant owner
Whenever I used to visit Rotterdam with my parents I loved seeing the skyline from the Maasboulevard. I later discovered the arboretum in Kralingen.
Bistrot Du Bac with its atmospheric tables and chairs is a fantastic spot.
La Vita è Bella and Hudson.
Vintage & Labels by Hendrikus on Pannekoekstraat. For browsing, Mostert en Van Leeuwen.
I’ll name one only: Sunset on the Botersloot. A good old traditional café.
The Kid Dynamite Festival and De Nacht van de Kaap (Night of the Kaap).
Rotterdam is …
Open and honest. Real, not fake or false. A multi-cultural city without pretensions.
Ageeth de Jong (55), stewardess/entrepreneur, and daughter Marie (12)
Ageeth: Lebkov is my daughter’s favourite: cosy and buzzy.
Marie: But also Opa on Witte de Withstraat.
Marie: The Lijnbaan and the Koopgoot with H&M, Pull & Bear and Zara. RSI for longboards
Ageeth: Merkwaardig on the Kleiweg for secondhand designer clothes.
Ageeth: Bistro Mevrouw Meijer is number one for me. Ter Marsch is nice and for lunch, Spirit.
Ageeth: The Boothstock Festival. The Fenix Food Factory is a nice place to take visitors.
Marie: There’s a lot to see, it’s just really nice and fun.
Editor: Ellen Scholtens
Photography: Dineke Versluis