23 Jun Best Eats in Rotterdam
With low-key cool hotels, excellent bars and a food scene that will have you reaching for a fork, Rotterdam overflows with talented people serving up incredible food and coffee. There are so many eateries we love that it is hard to condense them into a single hit-list. But if we had to choose, whether you are over for a short visit or a longer stay, these places top our ‘do-not-miss’ list.
Between the trees in the Euromast Park, you will find beautiful Parqiet. Located in the old coach house, it is a real asset to this location where everyone can enjoy the outdoor feeling while savoring honest and delicious food. The striped beach chairs on the large lawn – a signature of the café – call for a relaxed afternoon with a cup of local coffee from Man met Bril (a concept in Rotterdam). If you are hungering for something sweet, Sue’s sugar free cakes are a true delight.
Are you a fan of the films Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Unlimited or the Royal Tenenbaums? Then you will love WES eettentje! This cozy neighborhood deli in the up-and-coming Oude Noorden is a fan tribute to the unique Wes Anderson films. Its menu is eccentric enough to fit an Anderson film too: “Jewish-Persian” cuisine consisting of multicultural sharing platters loaded with falafel, shakshuka and mezze. No crumb will be left on your plate…
You can enjoy Latin American vibes at restaurant and cocktail bar Supermercado right in the heart of Rotterdam. Its colorful and cheerful interior with wooden tables, colored chairs and cacti everywhere give the space a playful and homely character. As the description suggests, there are tasty Mexican, Argentinian and Peruvian dishes as well as fresh cocktails on the menu. A popular spot thanks to its cheerful street food vibe.
Burgers, bahn mi or baos? At the Foodhallen, you can have it all. After its success in Amsterdam, this modern food-court concept branched out to Rotterdam’s Kop Van Zuid district late 2018 and has been enduringly packed ever since. Favorites among the dozen or so stands include Restaurant Indonesia for Dutch-Indonesian classics like rijsttafel, Txosta for tapas by an ex-El Bulli chef and the pinko-crusted bitterballen (a typically Dutch snack) at Bavette. Be seduced by flavors from all over the world.
A must visit in Rotterdam if you are looking for the best breakfast in town. At this ‘American diner’, you can try the tastiest breakfasts from the menu, all day, every day. So take a seat at the counter or slide in one of the iconic red booths and enjoy their refillable coffee and amazing pancakes or any of the other delicious options on the menu. Sunny days call for a spot in their great courtyard with a well-stocked table of your breakfast favorites, because as Jarmusch says, “if your breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you should have it exactly the way you want it.”
Located in the heart of Rotterdam, Opporto serves the most delicious seafood with a mediterranean twist. The vast majority of the menu consists of fish, but you can also indulge in a well-grilled rack of lamb and dry aged meat. Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks in the lounge, at the bar or on the terrace – its on-trend and atmospheric interior, will make you immediately feel at home. Curious about the best fish in the city? This is your spot.
The not so traditional Mexican on the Goudsesingel may look like a heaven for pink lovers, but is anything but sugary. The open space and colorful decoration create a cozy atmosphere. At the back of the building, you find a terrace in a mega greenhouse. Warmth, coziness and of course good food are central here. And that gives a pretty good picture of Mexico and its warm culture. Delicious tacos, tortas, super tasty burritos and spicy cocktails, we are fan!
Perched atop the Schieblok building, a creative community right next to the Central Station, Op Het Dak (Dutch for “on the roof”) offers a quiet refuge from the downtown buzz. The open kitchen includes a modern eclectic menu featuring (mostly) sustainably sourced products. Dishes change with the seasons, but you can be sure of a great selection of feel-good food – think hearty soups, flower-flecked salads and roasted vegetables – not to mention a beautiful view of the center of Rotterdam.
You have to go! In this old harbor shed, you can enjoy a wide selection of delicious products and dishes produced locally and sold by entrepreneurs making their mark on the food scene. From Holland’s worldwide famous stroopwafels to craft brewery and Moroccan mezes, there is something for everyone. A warm atmosphere inside, balmy nights lure you outside to a river-facing table cozied up next to the daily barbecue.
A long wooden table, a small cactus on every table, a pink wall and yellow tiles, an inside tree, a corner with a leather couch and a homey vibe and two swings for small ánd grown-up children. Yes, at LOT&DAAN in the Oude Haven (Dutch for “Old Harbor”) everything is Instagrammable. And so is the food! Here, they serve delicious and healthy meals, taking into account all sorts of dietary wishes. From Dutch specialties to lunch classics with an original twist, there is nothing on the menu we do not like.
Are you in for all sorts of small dishes, a Vietnamese noodle soup or would you like to make some fresh spring rolls yourself? At Little V everything tastes good. And the setting makes your experience even more perfect. The – to Asia travelers well-known – scents of all sorts of delicious food, sticks of incense, hanging plants and inside trees, blue-white plates with chopsticks, everything breathes Vietnam.
A cozy place that is all about fresh and high quality products, which are specially selected and prepared with love. The food is nutritious, healthy and seasonal. Vegetarians and vegans will love its ‘vegan proof’ menu ranging from traditionally Dutch wentelteefjes to mouthwatering halloumi bowls. The interior is light and cozy, so your shots will definitely be Instagram worthy.
Rotterdam is not short on burger joints, but few can match the inventive variations Burgertrut dishes up. With a focus on vegetarian burgers (or organic beef for purists), they stuff their buns with tofu, risotto or chickpea patties that easily match the real deal. Get your fingers greasy with their kapsalon, a vegan riff on Rotterdam’s most beloved late-night snack; a poutine-like dish with seitan “shoarma”, potato fries, vegan cheese, garlic sauce and plenty of vegetables.
A culinary hotspot, Héroine is Rotterdam’s fine-dining darling. For good reason: its glamorous 1970s design surprising kitchen creations and excellent wine pairings quickly proved to be hitting the right spot with the city’s creative who’s who. There is no a-la-carte menu – instead, guests choose from a four-, five- or seven-course tasting experience and let the chef decide what they will be eating. Dishes change weekly, and combine cuisines from all over the world; expect everything from intricately plated beetroot with seaweed to perfect sole.
Have any favorites we need to add to this list? Let us know in the comments! We are always looking for cool, new places to eat/drink/shop!