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12 Great restaurants in Rotterdam Noord

By Lisanne van Beurden
July 23, 2020

Looking for a great restaurant in Rotterdam Noord (north of Rotterdam)? Fortunately, there are plenty of nice options in this old part of our Maasstad. From cozy tapas restaurants to amazing Italian restaurants.

In this article I share my favourite spots for a bite to eat in Rotterdam Noord. Save this handy list and tick off the restaurants one by one!


1. Café Roosje

In the summer of 2021 Café Roosje has opened its doors at the old location of restaurant De Jong in the Hofbogen.

The new owners of the building are Richard de Haan and his wife Rosalie, or Roosje, hence the name Café Roosje.

It’s a place where you can go every day of the week from morning to night. There will be five taps, special beer, all kinds of jenever, but also espresso martinis and spritzes. In terms of dishes, you will find something for every moment of the day on their menu. For example, a delicious croissant in the morning and a delicious snack platter in the evening.

Café Roosje has a real living room feeling. They have backgammon and chess games, a large bookcase where you can exchange books and live music!


Raampoortstraat 38, 3032 AH Rotterdam


2. FG Food Labs

Experimentele gerechten bij FG Foodlabs bij de Hofbogen

Photo by Ruby Schmelzer.

Another unique restaurant in the Hofbogen is Michelin restaurant FG Food Labs. It’s the restaurant of chef François Geurds, where he experiments with ingredients until perfection is achieved.

The great thing about this restaurant is that they are very flexible with regard to the dress code. Whether you are wearing your sneakers or stilettos, it doesn’t matter. It’s purely about good food.

Be sure to also check out these Michelin restaurants in Rotterdam.


Katshoek 41, 3032 AE Rotterdam


3. La Cazuela

Bij Cazuela eet je heerlijke tapasgerechten! Bestel een heerlijk wijntje erbij en je kunt ultiem genieten.

A lovely place in Rotterdam Noord where you can find a lot of cozy eateries together is the Proveniersstraat behind Rotterdam Central. Here you will find a cozy intersection with a mix of restaurants.

For instance, Mediterranean restaurant La Cazuela. Their tapas menu includes influences from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal and North Africa. Choose from fried anchovies, manchego and serrano ham, gambas and scallops, truffle ravioli and more.

Fancy something classically Spanish? Then go for a traditional paella to share, accompanied by one of the Mediterranean wines on offer.

Love tapas? Then be sure to read Olivia’s article about great tapas restaurants in Rotterdam!


Proveniersstraat 38, 3033 CK Rotterdam


4. The Harvest

Wil jij een lekkere warme huisgemaakte maaltijd, zonder 'm zelf te maken? Breng dan een bezoek aan The Harvest, één van onze favoriete gezonde hotspots in Rotterdam en tevens erg betaalbaar. Hier gebruiken ze lokale en seizoensgebonden producten waarmee ze een heerlijk bordje voor je samenstellen.

Do you want a lovely, warm home-made meal, without having to cook it yourself? Then definitely visit The Harvest on the Proveniersstraat, one of our favourite healthy hotspots in Rotterdam. Here they use local and seasonal products with which they put together a delicious plate of food.

It works as follows: first you choose the basis of the dish, then two dishes from the greengrocer and finally you can choose a vegetarian dish or a piece of meat.

There are also ready-made bowls to choose from. Depending on your choice, you pay between €9 and €14. And believe us: you’ll feel SO full and satisfied afterwards.


Proveniersstraat 36a, 3033 CK Rotterdam


5. La Pizza

At La Pizza they make delicious pizzas from a traditional wood-fired stone oven. Order the classic Margherita, Calzone, Pizza marinara, Pizza con tonno or one of the many other options. Furthermore, on the menu you can find tasty snacks, antipasta, and the tastiest Italian desserts.

La Pizza has a branch in Rotterdam Noord at Bentinckplein, in the center of the city and in the Foodhallen at the Wilhelminakade.


Bentinckplein 3, 3039 KL Rotterdam


6. GaleriAAA by Mangiare

GaleriAAA by Mangiare on the Zaagmolenkade has a very cool concept – it is a collaboration with artist collective AAAFresh123, so you can eat delicious Italian food 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 menu, so you are always in for a wonderful surprise!

Be sure to also check out these Italian restaurants in Rotterdam.


Zaagmolenkade 124, 3035 KD Rotterdam


7. Destino

Bij Destino in Rotterdam Noord eet je heerlijke tapas volgens de Spaanse keuken.

Photo by Sophia van den Hoek of @un_fold_ed.

Another great restaurant on the Zaagmolenkade is Destino.

Destino offers amazing tapas dishes. The menu changes regularly, depending on the season and the daily market offerings.


Zaagmolenkade 37/38, 3035 KA Rotterdam



Gezond eten op de Zwart jan straat? Dat kan bij Snoei!

Photo by our blogger @marionro.cks.

There is a new salad bar in Rotterdam Noord: SNOEI. Here you can eat vegetarian and vegan dishes, such as delicious salads, wraps and smoothies. Everything is homemade and prepared with fresh ingredients.

SNOEI is a good place for a healthy lunch or dinner. A real asset to the Zwart Janstraat!


Zwart Janstraat 61a, 3035 AL Rotterdam


9. Gare du Nord

Gare du Nord is zeker een bezoek waard! Dit restaurant is een 100% veganistische bio bistro gevestigd in een treincoupé. Het eten hier is allemaal natuurlijk, super gezond en bovendien duurzaam gekweekt. Een uniek concept in Rotterdam!

A really unique concept; at Gare du Nord you eat in a (stationary) train compartment!

It is a 100% vegan bio bistro and the food here is natural, super healthy and also sustainably grown.

Although the restaurants is located in the middle of the city, it feels like an oasis of peace with its green environment.

Are you vegan? Then be sure to visit one of these other vegan restaurants in Rotterdam.


Anthoniestraat 2, 3032 CP Rotterdam


10. Osteria Liz

Osteria Liz is located in the Liskwartier and is the ideal place for a cozy date.

With a monthly changing menu, guests can choose from eight different dishes such as pizza, pasta, risotto, fish, vegetarian and meat dishes. Also perfect to share together while enjoying a nice glass of wine.


Berkelselaan 2A, 3037 PE Rotterdam


11. Blij

Restaurant Blij (“Blij” means happy in Dutch) is located in a beautiful building in Blijdorp. Here you can have a nice lunch or dinner. It is a Grand Café – Restaurant with, for example, the Caesar salad, chicken satay and grilled tuna steak on the menu.

What makes me Blij (happy) is that there are also a lot of delicious vegetarian dishes on the menu. Such as a wild mushroom truffle risotto, green curry and a vegan burger. I tried the truffle risotto (pictured above) and it’s really tasty.

Besides that it is a nice place to have a bite to eat, it is also an ideal place for a drink. They are open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends! Add some vegan bitterballen and you’ve got a decent borrel!


Spoorsingel 1A, 3033 GE Rotterdam


12. De Kok & De Tuinman

Have you read Julia’s ultimate guide to Rotterdam Noord? In there she shares her favourite hidden spot in Rotterdam Noord to have lunch: De Kok & De Tuinman. 

At De Kok & De Tuinman you can have lunch with a scone with clotted cream. They also have delicious soups and sandwiches. Can’t get enough? On Friday evening they serve a menu in Tables d’Hôtes concept. Each month they have a different theme to match the season. All the food is organic, locally sourced and made by the chef.


Koningsveldestraat 14, 3037 VS Rotterdam


That were a few of my favourite restaurants in Rotterdam Noord. Have I overlooked a great spot in Rotterdam Noord? Let me know in the comments below!

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