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Do you want to visit a unique restaurant or cocktailbar? Sometimes you just want something a little different! Fortunately, there are plenty of unique hotspots in Rotterdam that distinguish themselves from other average restaurants, bars and shops. In this list we share a number of places in Rotterdam that are certainly worth a visit, from a creative utopian free state to a playful arcade hall and from special vegan restaurants to a secret cocktail bar. With these 14 unique hotspots in Rotterdam you have plenty of fun things to do in our city!
14 Unique hotspots in Rotterdam
On the outskirts of the city, you’ll find a beautiful city farm. A creative, utopian free state: Weelde. At Weelde music, theater, art, performance and food & drinks come together. It’s a place for both young and old, a place you can visit both during the day and at night for great adventures and little joys. Here you can find a lunchroom, restaurant, bar, garden, a big shed and huge greenhouse. So it’s a restaurant, party location and cultural meeting place in one.
From October to March, you can visit Weelde for the “Weelde Tongen – Culinary Months.” Every month a different chef is invited to show his skills in the restaurant of Weelde. In October Marnix Benschop made a special menu for Weelde’s customers. In November you can enjoy a 7-course menu by chef Sil Peppelenbosch, where every dish has one central product that we rarely use in the kitchen today: ‘De 7 Zondes‘ or ‘The 7 Sins’.
Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam
Looking for something a bit different? Then we recommend a visit to Vessel11! The restaurant is actually a red lightship docked in the city center of Rotterdam. Here you can enjoy typical British pub food, with a seasonal and modern twist.
Wijnhaven 101, 3011 WN Rotterdam
A real arcade hall with classic pinball machines, karaoke and a classic dance machine! At POING you can play all kinds of fun games, but also have a drink and order something tasty from their Asian kitchen. It’s a great hotspot where you can catch up with friends and have a fun time together.
Schiekade 201, 3013 BR Rotterdam
4. Mooie Boules
Mooie Boules is a very unique hotspot, as it’s the first food hal in Rotterdam where you can play jeu de boules (lawn bowling).
You can find this hotspot in an old metal factory in the emerging ZOHO area. The old factory has been completely transformed into a typical French village square. Local restaurants will serve signature dishes and the bar will serve a wide range of wine, special- and local beers. Of course all in combination with a game of lawn bowling.
Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB Rotterdam
5. GaleriAAA by Mangiare
GaleriAAA by Mangiare is a restaurant with a very cool concept – it is a collaboration with artist collective AAAFresh123, so you can eat delicious Italian while surrounded by all kinds of artworks. In addition, the studio and the art gallery are connected to each other, so you can easily have a look at the art during your evening. GaleriAAA by Mangiare does not work with a fixed card, so you are always in for a wonderful surprise!
Zaagmolenkade 124, 3035 KD Rotterdam
6. Madam Chen
This hotspot in Rotterdam is the place for you if you’re looking for a fun night out with friends. Here you can order Asian streetfood bites and try all kinds of tasty cocktails. But what makes this place stand out is the fact that you can sing karaoke. There are various rooms that can be rented with your friends for a night full of karaoke, food and drinks!
If you’re not that fond of karaoke, Madam Chen is still worth a visit. You can go here for lunch, diner and when the sun is out, take a seat on their terrace for some drinks and snacks.
Kolk 50B, 3011 MD Rotterdam
Rumba is a vintage store slash coffee hotspot with coffee from Manhattan Coffee Roasters. You can score all kinds of beautiful items at this unique vintage shop.
Benthuizerstraat 33B, 3036 CB Rotterdam
At Rozey you can eat unlimited vegetarian and vegan dishes, including drinks, for €32,50 (€37,50 euros during the weekends).
It’s definitely a unique concept, since Rozey is the first restaurant in the Netherlands where you can eat unlimited vegetarian and vegan meals for a fixed price.
The menu is varied and filled with various dishes, all without any meat; vegetarian burgers and fries, but also lesser known dishes, such as carpaccio made of beet, pulled jackfruit and Kentucky fried cauliflower.
Wijnhaven 85, 3011 WK Rotterdam
9. Vegan Junk Food Bar
The Vegan Junk Food Bar is a place where vegans and non-vegans can eat 100% plant-based snacks. Expect a colourful interior and creative, tasty vegan snacks. They serve vegan junk food dishes, such as the Original VJFB burgers, flash fries with vegan dipping sauces, velvet cakes and so on.
Schiedamse Vest 144, 3011 BG Rotterdam
Tandoor16 is an unusual Indian kitchen and bar that offers the best India-inspired cuisine with a large selection of vegetarian (streetfood-) dishes and Tandoor-oven signature dishes. Next to the amazing Indian food, you can also enjoy something from their big drinks menu, including lots of beers, (natural) wines, cocktails and homemade lemonades. This hotspot is located in a beautifully classical restored building with a big terrace.
1e Middellandstraat 16B, 3014 BD Rotterdam
Dumbo shows that vegan food is anything but boring. In this super trendy restaurant they serve dishes such as mac and cheese, dumplings, saté, noodles, stew … but all without any animal products! The interior is colorful and the cocktails look the way they taste: delicious!
Hoogstraat 44a, 3011 PS Rotterdam
12. Pele Surf Shack
Pele Surf Shack is the first plant-based beach place in the Netherlands. Even though it’s not in the center of our city, it’s well worth to travel to the Hoek van Holland and try out one of their amazing dishes and taste their great coffee. And this all while you’re enjoying a sunny day at the beach!
Pele Surf Shack will be open the whole summer, seven days a week. During the winter they will be open in the weekends.
Rechtestraat 24, 3151 HN Hoek van Holland
13. Streetfood by Han
After the success of UMAMI by Han, Red Chilli and restaurant Zeng, it was time for a new concept from the Han Group: Streetfood by Han. You can find this hotspot in a unique location, namely in the iconic Markthal, above the Wah Nam Hong, a supermarket specialised in products for Asian cuisine.
Here guests will be able to order unique, healthy and delicious dishes that are a great alternative for fastfood. Expect innovative dishes from the Asian Fusion Kitchen of high quality, with a focus on health. This is exactly what Han is known for, but Streetfood by Han is a lot more casual than the other restaurants.
Verlengde Nieuwstraat, 3011 GM Rotterdam (Markthal)
14. Dr. Rotterdam
Dr. Rotterdam has a mysterious vibe and offers a unique experience for a night out. When you make a reservation, you’ll get your patient number by text message, which you must then show at the door. Everywhere in the bar you find doctor elements, such as attributes on the walls, the bartenders wearing doctor’s coats and the special menu. The bartenders are really good at what they do and your cocktail experience will definitely not be boring…
It’s a secret!
And that were the 14 unique hotspots in Rotterdam! Looking for more inspiration? Check our Instagram page to stay up to date with all the new hotspots in Rotterdam.
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