Of course you like to stay informed about all the new hotspots in Rotterdam, so we always keep this list up to date. Below you can read about new places that you can already visit, but also places that will open their doors soon (write it down in your agenda)!
Read on for new restaurants, hotels, shops and clubs in Rotterdam.
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1. Club Sandwich
Club Sandwich, formerly located in the Weelde area, will open a pop-up on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Tiendplein 1. Club Sandwich is a café, bar and sandwich shop, where you can have a good lunch and a nice drink.
Think of the well-known sandwiches with tarragon egg salad and asparagus, the BLT sandwich or the mackerel salad with chips. You will also find filter coffee, natural wine, homemade soft drinks and sweets on the menu. On Sundays they organise a brunch buffet, where you can have unlimited bites and fill your glass during a running buffet, including mimosas.
Club Sandwich will be open weekly Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00-17:00 a.m., starting Wednesday, November 1, at least untill December.
Tiendplein 1, 3014 BH Rotterdam
When walking in the city near Binnenwegplein, you can’t miss it: the brand new OX.Space on the corner of Lijnbaan pops out! OX is a place where soon everything will come together: events, lectures, performances, art, workshops, exhibitions, film, music, dance, fitness, yoga, wellness and shopping.
OX No.0 is an exciting “preview” of OX.Space – which will open in 2024 at the same Lijnbaan location. OX No.0 gives Rotterdammers a taste of what is to come. OX Nº0 offers 6 months of non-stop, ever-changing, cross-cultural programming. From early in the morning until late at night, right in the heart of Rotterdam.
Lijnbaan 150, 3012 ER Rotterdam
Right in the center of Rotterdam you’ll find Savor&Nosh, a restaurant with a unique vibe and design. Whether you feel like a coffee with homemade sweets, a killer brunch, delicious cocktails and beers or a fantastic dinner; Savor&Nosh is the place to be! The menu brings together flavors from all over the world.
In addition to great food and drink, you can also spend a productive workday at Savor&Nosh on the second floor. Every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can book a workspace here for yourself, with another person or with a group up to 10 people.
Westewagenstraat 66, 3011 AT Rotterdam
4. The Cakery
Lovers of sweet can indulge themselves at the new patisserie ‘The Cakery’ on Karel Doormanstraat. With a delicious selection of homemade cakes, brownies, baklava, ice cream and special drinks like the Crème Brulée cappuccino, this is the right place for your portion of sugar.
Not only the sweets, but also the interior is a feast for the eyes. With a fresh beige look, soft furniture and the impressive arches of light, the patisserie definitely stands out on the street.
Karel Doormanstraat 376, 3012 GR Rotterdam
5. Club Sahara
For those who love a good party, we have great news: there is a new club in town! On Schiestraat, Club Sahara opened in September, a place where you can dance until late at night to rhythms from the African and Caribbean diaspora, hip-hop and electronic sounds.
Sahara encourages new ideas and nurtures long-standing communities. The focus is on innovative concepts, community-driven projects and emerging sounds. Fueled by Rotterdam’s rich heritage of cultures, Sahara blends innovative concepts with dance floor-filling beats in a cozy nightclub in the heart of the city.
Schiestraat 18, 3013 AH Rotterdam
6. Club Centraal
More fun club news in our city! Club Centraal on Westersingel also opened its doors in September, at the location of the old Vibes. Club Centraal is all about celebrating the diversity and richness of electronic music, with a focus on the eclectic sounds of disco and house. The venue is designed to create an intimate connection between the DJs and the dance floor.
Experience the artists up close as they create sonic stories that move your body and soul. Lose yourself in the rhythm surrounded by like-minded people who share your passion for music and dance. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or new to the scene, everyone is welcome to come and groove.
Westersingel 50a, 3014 GV Rotterdam
I always like it when a new vintage store opens in Rotterdam! And in this store you’ll definitely find something you like, because REJOES is a store of no less than 600 square metres. There are racks full of second-hand clothing. There are also various accessories, such as bags, shoes and scarves.
The store looks fun, with a gigantic tree in the middle, to which all kinds of clothing and accessoires. You will find the store on the corner of the Oude Binnenweg, in the same building as the Xenos and Blokker.
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Oude Binnenweg 34, 3012 JE Rotterdam
Are you familiar with Pleur in Rotterdam Noord? Owners Florian and Nadia have opted for a complete rebranding, with the new name Basecamp!
The name refers to the fact that their store is a home base for the two owners. A place where they can share all their stories from their many travels. Basecamp is a sustainable concept store and coffee bar, where you can buy local products and gifts and sit down for a cup of coffee and something tasty.
Bergselaan 291A, 3038 CG Rotterdam
From a young age, Mercedes and Melissa cherished the dream of starting a company together. With Bakkit, this dream has come true!
You may have already met Mercedes from her participation in Heel Holland Bakt; she took first place in the tenth season. So it’s clear that it all tastes good here!
In the charming building on the Zwaanhals, Bakkit offers a delicious assortment of baked treats, accompanied by a nice cup of coffee to enjoy on the spot or to take away.
It is also possible to take your own baking skills to a higher level through workshops and masterclasses.
Zwaanshals 299, 3035 KH Rotterdam
10. machi machi
Great news for bubble tea lovers!
On July 25, machi machi officially opens its doors in Rotterdam. machi machi is a world famous Taiwanese bubble tea brand known for their high quality bubble tea and their special panna cotta boba.
Their menu includes fresh tea, milk tea, lattes, fruit drinks and drinks with cream cheese foam. Also nice: it is possible to indicate how sweet you want it, with Extra Sugar, Regular Sugar, Lite Sugar or No Sugar.
After their opening, they are open every day from 12 noon. We can’t wait!
Discover even more bubble tea shops in Rotterdam!
Hoogstraat 117A, 3011 PL Rotterdam
11. Morgan & Mees
Morgan & Mees is a new hotel, housed in a beautiful historic building on the Mathenesserlaan. Just like in their first hotel in Amsterdam, guests here are treated to an unforgettable experience with good service, an inspiring environment, good food and comfortable hotel rooms.
The hotel has a total of twenty beautiful rooms, ranging from the Cute Rooms to the spacious penthouse with an outdoor terrace and a beautiful view of the Rotterdam skyline. Each room has a relaxing and inspiring atmosphere and is equipped with all the luxury products guests could wish for.
The hotel also offers something for the people of Rotterdam: a restaurant and bar with an inviting terrace. You are welcome here seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is diverse and offers something for everyone. There is also the option of private dining, ideal for organized parties, work drinks or launches.
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Mathenesserlaan 145, 3015 CJ Rotterdam
12. Côte du Cool
A few years ago, entrepreneurs Rick van Laar and Joyce Cornelissen started importing wines from small wineries, with a preference for organic wines. In the past year they reached a new milestone with the opening of Côte du Cool, an lovely wine bar and wine shop, located in Little C.
Côte du Cool is a big nod to France on the coast of Coolhaven in Rotterdam. Come here to enjoy a refined glass of wine, accompanied by a well-stocked snack platter. Do not expect a three-course menu, but bread from a real French baker, small snacks and a new cheese board every week to match the wines of the week.
You can buy all the wines you taste here in the wine shop afterwards! They import about 90% of the wines themselves, so they really know the winemakers and know that they work with respect for nature.
Tip: they often organize tastings with special themes, a nice experience with a group of friends!
Abraham Tuschinskistraat 53, 3015 GK Rotterdam
13. 1NUL8 Basement
In the basement of the popular restaurant/bar 1NUL8 you can now once again enjoy the tastiest cocktails and bar bites in a luxurious setting! Under the new name 1NUL8 Basement a bright, fresh cocktail bar has opened here, where the wavy interior is inspired by the water of the Delftsevaart that you see through the round portholes.
At 1NUL8 Basement you drink original cocktail creations at the impressive 3D printed bar or enjoy Mediterranean shared dining dishes with your company.
1e Westewagenhof 1, Rotterdam
For this new hotspot we leave Rotterdam and head to Schiedam, where you will find Eurobrouwers. This is Schiedam’s first brewpub and the largest beer garden in the region with a terrace that covers no less than 2000 m2.
Eurobrouwers is an innovative brewery and restobar concept on the glass factory site in Schiedam. This raucous location is in the middle of the Distillers District, where major gin and beer brands used to be produced. Now Schiedam beer is brewed here in a raw industrial hall with a mega terrace and indoor and outdoor kitchen.
The beer is combined with a varied selection of large and small dishes. During the summer, the BBQ is central, with dishes such as Polish Kielbasa sausages, BBQ Chorizo, Chicken Kiev (proceeds from this dish go to Ukraine), grilled white asparagus, BBQ watermelon and grilled clams, razor clams and mussels in wine with French fries and sour mayonnaise.
Also nice: every Sunday Eurobrouwers serves Zeeland oysters for one euro, in combination with beers. This is a nod to the Rotterdam sister of Eurobrouwers, Café Marseille, where every Sunday is oyster day.
Buitenhavenweg 142, 3113 BE Schiedam
The new hotspot CRAVE, a Specialty Coffee Bar & Plant-based Bakery, recently opened in a side street of Rotterdam’s MAHO Kwartier.
At CRAVE you can enjoy homemade vegan pastries. The range includes delicious almond croissants, dark chocolate babkas, cardamom rolls and red velvet cake. Soon they will also add cruffins and cookies to their vegan menu!
In addition to all the delicious pastries, you can drink a nice cup of coffee from local roasters Giraffe Coffee and A Matter of Concrete. Order a nice cup of slow coffee or cappuccino. The default here is oat milk, but other types of milk are also available.
Prefer something else to drink? Then order a lemonade or, for example, an iced matcha latte.
CRAVE’s mission is to show that you really don’t have to miss anything if you eat plant-based. A more sustainable choice with just as much flavour is definitely possible.
Owner Yunlai Ye, known for The Tea Lab and BACKYARD, wants to make the Rotterdam food&drink landscape more sustainable step by step: “I believe in a future in which it will become even easier and more normal to opt for plant-based. A sustainable world in which my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter can also still have a good life.”
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Vogelenzang 6, 3011 LN Rotterdam
A new hotspot has opened its doors in Crooswijk: Regina. A real asset to the neighbourhood!
Regina is one of those places where you just stick around, enjoying their dishes and delicious drinks.
Order tasty snacks from the menu with a glass of natural wine. Once in a while they also have specials, such as pizza night. Then you get pizza made with fresh ingredients and natural wine or beer for a nice price.
Be sure to visit this new hotspot this summer. It is wonderful to relax on their terrace.
Exercitiestraat 2b, 3034 RA Rotterdam
17. La Soirée
Sssst, this cocktail bar is top secret! An evening at La Soirée is a complete experience full of mystery, from finding the secret location to discovering the surprises inside the bar.
Award-winning bartender Ben Lobos and partner Loesje Tieleman (owner Louise Petit Restaurant) opened this special evening bar in April 2023, inspired by other major world cities what they were still missing in Rotterdam.
The chic, romantic atmosphere takes you back to a timeless French ambiance, while you enjoy cocktails that you won’t forget. Try one of their nine signature cocktails, each with their own story, or opt for classic cocktails with a La Soirée twist.
Secret location in Scheepvaartkwartier, reservations possible via Whatsapp on their socials.
18. Plaisier AvantGarde
Are you familiar with Plaisier Interieur in Ridderkerk? That is a design home store that celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Recently, a little sister of this large store opened in Rotterdam: Plaisier AvantGarde.
The concept for this dynamic design boutique was conceived by interior designer Robert Plaisier, the fourth generation of the family business. The idea arose a few years ago while participating in Object on the ss Rotterdam. After the concept started to take shape, the perfect location was found on Mariniersweg.
In the Plaisier AvantGarde boutique you will discover inspiring furniture and items from the Plaisier collection. Think of sustainable brands, such as Muuto, Vitra, Arco, Luceplan, Artifort, Pode, Fritz Hansen, Gelderland and Cor Unum. The emphasis is on new work by designers from the Rotterdam region, as well as iconic design classics by Gispen, Rietveld, Eames, Jacobsen, Paulin, Prouvé and Castiglioni, among others.
But, you don’t just come here to score beautiful design. Art exhibitions are organized throughout the year, as well as talks and workshops on architecture. There is always something interesting to experience in Plaisier AvantGarde.
Mariniersweg 84A, 3011 NT Rotterdam
19. The new Euroscoop
There is nothing new about the Euromast. All locals are familiar with this iconic tower.
However, something has changed to the building, namely the renewed Euroscoop! As you are taken on this exciting ride, you will see the city and its surroundings from all sides. But that’s not all: the brand new, intelligent glass floor goes from matt to transparent. This makes the experience extra special.
In addition, other cool elements have been added, including a light show, sound effects and music, until you reach the top at 185 meters.
During this 7-minute ride you will see Rotterdam in a 360-degree perspective. Meanwhile, a voice-over tells you more about the city, its inhabitants, the diversity and the impact of the enormous port area.
Even if you have taken a ride with the Euroscoop in the past, it is now a completely new experience.
We have already taken a ride with the new Euroscoop. Check out our TikTok to see what it was like!
TIP: Buy your tickets up front to go on the Euromast. The ticket price is higher if you buy entrance tickets on the day of your visit. Don’t forget to choose the Euroscoop tickets!
Parkhaven 20, 3016 GM Rotterdam
Since 17 June you can visit the new hotspot Krozant. This special bakery is a girl’s dream come true for owners Yvette Jansen and Nadia Stam. The croissant workshop is something they’ve been working on for years.
So what can we expect from Krozant? Special croissants of course! At the Krozant bakery, they give the croissant a completely new look. For lovers, the timeless classics are available, such as the chocolate or coffee roll, but there are also a lot of unique creations.
Think of a croissant with chicken thigh and mango chutney or a croissant BLT with lemon mayo. In addition, the menu also offers other sweet and savory pastries, but also sandwiches and coffee from Rotterdam Giraffe Coffee Roasters.
Krozant can be visited in the Groot Handelsgebouw, unit AK.207 floor -1.
Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam
21. The Rooftop
Another new hotspot in the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw! At the end of June, a vibrant new place will open on the roof: The Rooftop.
Here you can enjoy culinary dishes, refreshing cocktails and the beautiful terrace with a view of the centre of Rotterdam. In addition, there are also fun activities to experience. Play fun arcade games, table football, mini golf and get lost in a life-sized maze. There is also a photobooth to capture all the memories.
Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK in Rotterdam
22. The Villy
You will find the impressive Terraced Tower residential tower on the Boompjes. This is where The Villy opened last May, a hotspot for good food and drinks, but also a co-working place for studying, meeting or renting one of the many meeting rooms.
It is possible to book an individual workplace in the co-workspace. At the community table, in one of their boots or a sit-stand desk with a view of the catering area. You always pay per minute here.
Are you just coming to relax? That is also possible. Join Villy for a delicious breakfast or lunch and order, for example, the pancakes, bagel or a Dutch bouncer. In addition, they all offer tasty sandwiches and sandwiches, such as the vegan Muhammara or Kimchi Toastie.
You are also in the right place for a drink here, with different beers, wine, cocktails and lemonades, there is something for everyone.
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Boompjes 60, 3011 XC Rotterdam
23. Sarang Chicken
Korean cuisine is gaining popularity and Rotterdam is no exception. Discover the newest addition to the Korean restaurants in Rotterdam: Sarang Chicken in Kralingen.
With the same owners as Mori Sushi Bar, Sarang Chicken provides fresh products and own recipes. The focus of the menu is on the Korean Fried Chicken, but they also have Mandu (Korean dumplings), Kimbaps (Korean seaweed rolls) and various other sides.
Sarang Chicken’s Korean Fried Chicken is halal and for vegetarians they have vegetarian Mandu on the menu.
Also nice: they make freshly made kimchi every month!
Oostzeedijk Beneden 207B, 3061 VT Rotterdam
24. Wolly aan de Waterkant
On Monday 27 March Wolly aan de Waterkant opened their doors! You are welcome here seven days a week from 08:00 to 16:00 for an all-day breakfast, good coffee and tasty pastries.
Think, for example, of delicious cinnamon rolls and matcha cookies with white chocolate. In addition, they serve various sandwiches (for example with crayfish), pancakes, eggs and bowls.
You can find Wolly closer to the sunny corner of Noordplein, where Lof der Zoetheid used to be.
Noordplein 1, 3035 EA Rotterdam
Nice is a new coffee spot located on the Hoogstraat in a beautiful light corner building. It’s a cool neighborhood restaurant with excellent coffee and food. Their interior is minimalist, with eye-catchers such as the large mirror wall (where you will also find the secret door to the toilet) and stainless steel bar where you can order all the goodies.
Nice is a great place to catch up with friends, sitting at the large table inside or on the windowsill. Outside is also a great option on sunny days.
On their menu you will find different types of (ice) coffee, juices and kombuchas. Pick up something to eat from their small changing menu of sandwiches, granola bowls and more. In addition, their homemade pastries are really worth it!
Hoogstraat 42, 3011 PR Rotterdam
26. Sound Kitchen
This new hotspot is the place to be for music and coffee lovers!
Sound Kitchen is a cosy new espresso bar, located in Little-C in Rotterdam West. What makes this place special is that it is an espresso bar and a headphone shop.
In the espresso bar you can enjoy local products. Think of high quality coffee from Manhattan Coffee Roasters, delicious tea from Twenties Tea and Jing Tea and refreshing lemonade from Loopuyt Lemonades. There is also something for the appetite, namely pastries from Harvest Cafe and Bakery and sweets by Francois Geurds.
In the store you will discover an extensive range of headphones. There is a wide choice of brands, available in every price category. Specialists are also present to advise you on your choice.
Samuel Soesmanstraat 52, 3015 GL Rotterdam
27. Studio Le Beau
Are you familiar with the cosy wine shop Wine at Henk in Blijdorp? And do you love beautiful vintage interior gems? Then I have good news for you.
Because since a week Studio Le Beau is located in the cellar of Wijn bij Henk. That means you can score vintage gems here as well as beautiful natural wines! Think cool interior items and design classics from beautiful brands such as Vitra, Knoll, Herman Miller, Flos and more.
The shop is open Wednesday to Sunday. Not convenient for you? You can also make an appointment.
Bergselaan 317A, 3038 CH Rotterdam
28. Hoy Kitchen
Since recently you can find Hoy Kitchen, an Asian food court, on the Mariniersweg. Here you will find several Asian restaurants under one roof, including Korean, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. Order Korean Fried Chicken, Donburi or dumplings here, everything is possible!
Enjoy authentic street food dishes that tickle your taste buds in an attractive space full of street art from Lastplak, among others. Do you always find waiting in line so annoying? You don’t have to at Hoy, becausse you can order via a QR-code at your table. Nice and easy.
Also good to know: there are vegan dishes available, so there is something for everyone!
Mariniersweg 34, 3011 NP Rotterdam
29. Bar Cult
Good news for (natural) wine lovers! Pink neon letters welcome you since February 2023 in Bar Cult, located on the Oostkousdijk. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to feel at home here, everyone is welcome!
Owner Rutger has gained a lot of knowledge about natural wine over the past ten years and is happy to pour it for you from behind the bar. Cult has no menu, so the choice is tailored to what you feel like. They have bubbles, white, orange or red and there are still about 1500 bottles from all over the world in the wine cellar.
The drink menu is kept simple, because the natural wines play the leading role. But think of bread from the bakery with homemade butter, cheese from the cheese farm and sausage from the market.
So come and toast to the weekend from Thursday to Sunday from 15:00 at Bar Cult!
Discover more natural wine tips in Alice’s article!
Oostkousdijk 29, 3024 CL, Rotterdam
30. CÉNO classics
A new vintage clothing store slash record store has opened on the Zwaanhals. CÉNO Classics and Offbeats Records share the same building. An asset to this awesome street in Rotterdam Noord!
Follow the orange stairs to the basement for the Offbeat Records vinyl collection. Here they sell second-hand records in all kinds of different genres. Though there is a focus on DJ material in the broadest sense. Think for example of 90’s west coast electro and detroit techno, 80’s wave and boogie 12’s, 70’s disco and soul, 60’s post bop and modal jazz and under the radar 7” cosmic disco.
In the rest of the store you will find vintage clothing and accessories by CÉNO CLASSICS. Expect high quality vintage clothing, sunglasses and shoes. On the vide you will find racks with beautiful items from Italy, curated by Esile vintage.
Zwaanshals 283-A, 3035 KH Rotterdam
31. SET EST PRÊT
In mid-April, Set est Prêt, a second-hand children’s clothing shop opened on Zwaanhals. Here, owner Hanna sells second-hand children’s clothes made by elderly people from Enfantique.
The shop’s mission is to make the children’s clothes market more sustainable and to show that second-hand items are just as beautiful as new ones. In this shop, you will find a beautifully curated collection.
Zwaanshals 344, 3035 KS Rotterdam
32. River Bar Rotterdam
A new hotspot opened on March 22 at a beautiful location on the Westerkade: River Bar Rotterdam. This restaurant describes itself as a long vacation through Europe. Ingredients and recipes are therefore inspired by European rivers.
Come here for drinks snacks, hot and cold dishes and a fine wine list. Looking forward to trying it!
Westerkade 8, 3016 CL Rotterdam
33. No10 Coffee
It’s always nice when a new coffee shop opens in Rotterdam! Recently No. 10 is opened up, a cute coffee spot on the Hoogstraat. The name No 10, or Number Ten, stands for Rotterdam. No 10 is also decorated in the Rotterdam colours, namely green.
In this new shop you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or treats. In addition to (specialty) coffee, they serve various sandwiches here, such as burrata avocado, spicy tuna melt and various healthy bowls, such as an acai bowl. Choose from several tasty pastries from their display case.
Hoogstraat 47A, 3011 PG Rotterdam
34. On Other Drugs
Have you heard of On Other Drugs? This new concept is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Michelle van Woensel and Dave Grosjean. The idea of On Other Drugs was born from the coming together of two dreams, years of hard work, experience and a good dose of guts.
For example, Michelle’s dream is to combine catering with a form of wellness and Dave would like to combine catering with sports. That is why they are busy creating a place where people feel comfortable and inspired to work productively.
On Other Drugs is located in Tim’s Lemonade Factory (formerly Kitsch & Kunst), a huge building of 1000 m2. This location is currently for rent for parties and parties, but they also organize various events themsleves.
Bergse Rechter Rottekade 1, 3051 AB Rotterdam
Restaurant Matelief has recently been located in the Oude Haven. With a sunny south-facing terrace, Matelief is a great place to be. Here you are right on the water, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the ships, the White House and the Willemsbrug.
Visit Matelief seven days a week for lunch, shared dining or drinks. Thanks to the extensive drink and dinner menu, there is something to choose from at Matelief for everyone. On the menu you can spot quality fish dishes, such as roasted halibut with ratatouille and a whole sea bream from the grill.
There are also meat dishes, such as tender beef ribeye with chimichurri and guinea fowl fillet with gnocchi. Prefer no fish or meat? Even then there is a wide choice, such as grilled pumpkin with candied onion cream or jackfruit shawarma.
Spaansekade 34, 3011 ML Rotterdam
A new festive restaurant opened on the Coolsingel on February 18, 2023: Grace! Inspired by the best dining spots in Paris, London, Barcelona and Madrid, Grace is the creation of master entrepreneur Herman Hell and Chef de Cuisine Marco Prins, who conjure up the tastiest dishes from all over the world with his kitchen brigade. Think of Colombian empanadas with an aji dip, Peruvian yellowtail ceviche or the classic Caesar salad with a surprising Japanese twist. For those who want to go all out, there is also an Italian version of lobster on the menu with sage, green asparagus and Parmesan cheese. Or start a dinner in style with Perle Imperial caviar with blinis.
But at Grace you don’t just take a seat to order something from the menu, because there is also room at the bar for ordering small snacks and refreshing cocktails. They ensure that there is something for everyone!
The interior is also worth mentioning. With striking patterns on the floor and warm colours combined in a unique way. The observant viewer will discover many 1920s elements here.
The parent company, Hell’s Kitchen Horeca Groep, is already known for their fantastic restaurants and cafes in the Rotterdam region, and Grace is certainly no exception.
Stadhuisplein 1a, 3012 AR Rotterdam
37. The Grit
And then we come to the second new hotspot in Rotterdam: The Grit. This 23+ club can be found in the basement of Grace on the Coolsingel. So after your dinner or cocktail at Grace, do you feel like extending your evening? Then move quickly to the basement.
Here too you can expect a special interior, with lots of red tones, disco pillars and a dance floor with different visuals.
The Grit has been open since February 3. The dress code? The best version of yourself!
Stadhuisplein 1b, 3012 AR Rotterdam
38. Bistro Diepnoord
A nice new bistro bar in Noord: Diepnoord. Here they serve small dishes that taste excellent. The place is bigger than you think at first sight; right behind the bar are more seats.
There is a cosy atmosphere here with nice music and a lot of buzz from talking visitors. Whether you are looking for a special dinner evening or just a few drinks (there is plenty of choice in natural wines) while enjoying tasty, elegant pub snacks. You’re in the right place here!
Bergweg 80, 3036 BD Rotterdam
39. Motel One
Motel One, the successful budget design hotel group from Munich, recently opened its doors in the heart of Rotterdam. The new hotel can be found on the Hoogstraat, between the Markthal and Laurenskerk.
Characteristic of the hotel are the vibrant, colourful details that can be found in the wall design. But also the design furniture and decoration, inspired by the unique architecture of the Rotterdam Markthal.
Read more about this new budget design hotel in Rotterdam.
Grotekerkplein 70, 3011 GE Rotterdam
This aesthetically pleasing, minimalist coffee shop can be found on the Van Oldenbarneveltstraat. The sand-coloured walls, beautiful wooden design chairs and calm music makes Cafe Unfiltered a very relaxing place.
What can you order here? Of course a good cup of coffee, but also a delicious matcha and chai latte. If you want something sweet, you can choose from cinnamon rolls and banana bread from the display case.
Are you visiting for breakfast or lunch? What about French toast with seasonal fruit, honey butter and caramelized hazelnut and vanilla cream? Or go for savoury and choose the burrata with sourdough bread, cherry tomatoes, figs and basil oil.
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Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 125A, 3012 GT Rotterdam
41. BISTROT-BAR FRÈRE
Bistrot-Bar Frère is a new addition to Blijdorp. This French bistrot is, in their own words, “a place for everyone who has a taste for French food, groove, funk and hip-hop”. That sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
Order something delicious from the snack menu and combine it with a delicious natural wine. In addition to being a wonderful place for a drink, you can also have an excellent dinner here. Choose a menu for Petite Faim or Grande Faim, which stands for small hunger or big hunger.
Statenweg 66A, 3039 JG, Rotterdam
42. Sweet Magnolias Bakery
A very cute new spot can be found on the Kleiweg. Sweet Magnolias bakery is the perfect place to enjoy delicious comfort food. Here they offer a wide variety of Mediterranean brunch dishes and of course delicious pastries.
You can also order a delicious hot drink, or even a cocktail is possible here! This new hotspot is the ideal brunch spot.
Kleiweg 96A, 3051 GV Rotterdam
On November 2, 2022, a new gem opened on the Straatweg in Hillegersberg: YANO. The fine dining restaurant is a concept of the married couple Britta and Yuri Wattimena. They have extensive experience at Rotterdam restaurants in the top segment.
The name YANO is a combination of Noah and Yara, the children of Britta and Yuri. The restaurant has a terrace and overlooks the water of the Bergsche Plassen at the front.
Distinctive is the unique, worldly cooking style that is based on French cuisine and that is combined with international influences, whereby the chef also lets his Moluccan origins speak with the rich flavours of the Indonesian Archipelago.
Yuri says: “An example of this is my dessert of cendol with coconut, gula djawa and pandan. In the vegetarian menu I combine Dutch pointed cabbage and cauliflower with tempeh and galangal. South America is also one of my sources of inspiration. For example, I give langoustine a South American touch with pipián verde, jalapeño pepper and the black mint variety huacatay.”
Straatweg 114, 3051 BM Rotterdam
A fine coffee specialty has been opened in the Scheepvaartkwartier: Dune. It is a new concept from Jelle van Rossum, who also owns Shokunin coffee.
It is very clear that Jelle has a great love for coffee. Dune’s menu even has about 14 different coffee beans! So as a coffee connoisseur you are in the right place. Prefer something with less caffeine? Then order kombucha on tap, with options such as jasmine, oolong and ginger beer.
For the hungry visitor, Dune offers dishes including almond pancakes with focaccia. They also have sweets here, such as a cheesecake or cookies.
Van Vollenhovenstraat 14A, 3016 BH Rotterdam
45. Schot Coffee Roasters
Are you already familiar with the Huidenclub? This creative space can be found in a monumental building between the old historic Delfshaven and the M4H district. A new coffee shop has recently opened in their building: Schot Coffee Roasters. A great place to enjoy quality coffee and cake, while sitting on unique furniture made by Jonas Lutz.
Pelgrimsstraat 5c, 3029 BH Rotterdam
46. Restaurant STER
Chef Terry Priem and his wife Esther van Otterloo, known from Gastrobar STER in Kralingen, have opened a second restaurant in Rotterdam. After a soft opening for groups from mid-December 2022, the restaurant will officially open on January 16, 2023.
Sixty guests can enjoy a high-quality kitchen. Terry Priem: “Here we cook next level if you compare it with the gastro bar and on a level that I have never done anywhere else. My signature of harmonious flavours and colours on the plate has remained, as well as the cool and playful atmosphere. My kitchen chef is Nino Koster, who has been sous chef at Gastrobar STER for years and who previously worked at restaurant Aan de Zweth in Schipluiden. Sous chef is Joe Liem, who has restaurants De Burgemeester in Linschoten and Aan de Zweth on his resume.”
The menu offers a lot of choice, including an à la carte section. In addition to a chef’s menu, there is a vegetarian menu and a menu with more exclusive ingredients such as caviar and truffle. All dishes in the menus are described, so that the guest knows in advance what he will get on the plate. There is also an à la carte menu and a lunch menu.
Honingerdijk 265, 3063 AM Rotterdam
47. Café Prêt à Boire
Prêt à Boire means ready to drink and that’s what you can do at the new hotspot Café Prêt à Boire in Afrikaanderwijk. With an impressive drink list with only natural wines, fine beers and soft drinks such as kombucha, there is something to drink for everyone.
Owner Maud van Berlo is known from Blije Wijnen. Together with Chef Titus van Zon she created a menu of delicious dishes inspired by Asian cuisine and with a fun French twist. Vegans and vegetarians are also catered for. All products are organic, local and fresh.
With its large round windows, cheerful yellow awnings and cosy spacious terrace, it’s definitely an asset to the neighbourhood. The bar is inviting to sit down and the round bistro tables are reminiscent of a Parisian bar-a vin. There are seven tables on the mezzanine for a quiet drink or dinner.
Café Prêt à Boire also offers wine tastings and dinners for groups. There is already great, surprising music in the background and in the future they are planning to book DJs!
Bloemfonteinstraat 78C, 3072 HK Rotterdam
Those are the new hotspots of Rotterdam. Have I overlooked something or are you starting something new in Rotterdam soon? Please contact info @ weekendsinrotterdam.com. This list is regularly updated!
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