It continues to amaze me how resilient Rotterdam entrepreneurs are. Even in this turbulent time, new restaurants, shops and even clubs are opening in Rotterdam.
Of course you like to stay informed about all the new gems in our city, so it’s time for a handy list with 15 new hotspots. Below you can read about new places that you can already visit, but also places that will open their doors soon (just note it down in your agenda)!
A beautiful interior store opened in Rotterdam on October 8, 2021: FEST. This Rotterdam brand store of more than 200 m2 offers an extensive collection of design furniture, home accessories, free interior advice and art by the Rotterdam Elsemarijn Bruys.
Want to work outside the house? This is possible on the second floor of this new store, which is fully furnished as a fully-fledged apartment with flexible workplaces.
Delftsevaart 26, 3011 HL Rotterdam
2. Vegan Pizza Bar
Of course we have been familiar with the Vegan Pizza Bar for a long time, which has been delivering delicious vegan pizzas in Rotterdam since 2020. Until now it was only takeaway and delivery, but from October 14, 2021 they will open their first restaurant on Hofplein!
What can we expect? New pizzas and dishes, a lunch menu, space for up to 80 people inside and a terrace. And they have also entered into a partnership with Karma Café.
We look forward to joining you here!
Hofplein 19, 3032 AC Rotterdam
3. Heeren aan de Haven
For some relaxing time and delicious food we travel to a beautiful spot outside the city, namely Streefkerk. Floating between the boats in the harbour you will find the new brasserie and wine bar Heeren aan de Haven.
A real hotspot that is worth mentioning, because here you can eat both delicious classics as well as Asian dishes, with of course an extensive wine list. On the menu you will not only find fish, meat and vegetarian, but also well-stocked snack platters and bites.
The real eye-catcher is of course the terrace on the harbour, but the inside is also worth mentioning. With an impressive and colourful interior, it is a great place to stay.
Nieuwe Haven 1, 2959 AT Streefkerk
4. Dutch Dukes
A new hotspot has opened in the middle of the bustling Witte de Withstraat, namely the first English gastropub in Rotterdam. The hotspot Dutch Dukes wants to introduce the city to the casual British pub atmosphere.
You will be welcomed here by the smell of typical English dishes, such as fish & chips and steak & guiness pie, but you can also opt for appetizers such as avocado fries and beetroot ‘bitterballen’.
The high-quality dishes are freshly prepared daily, the drinks menu is filled with British beers, ciders and gin tonics, of course. But in addition to the food and drinks menu, the interior is also as you would expect from a gastropub. With a burgundy, oak and brass colour palette and stained glass, it will feel like you’re in London for a moment.
Read more about the first English gastropub of Rotterdam!
Witte de Withstraat 81, 3012 BN Rotterdam
5. Remastered Experience
The newest interactive experience in Rotterdam has opened its doors: Remastered. In this attraction you are taken on an audiovisual journey for an hour and you become one with the art.
Walk under a waterfall, go on an adventure with the unearthly creatures of Hieronymus Bosch, learn to time travel and surround yourself with paintings by Dutch Old Masters such as Van Gogh and Mondriaan. Each time you enter a new world and you don’t know what to expect.
Read more about this unique new attraction in our city.
Willemsplein 79, 3016 DR Rotterdam
6. Restaurant and club BIT(TER)
In this building on the Keileweg in Rotterdam West, a former brothel, a techno club and restaurant has opened in September 2021. When the neon letters BITTER are on, you know that you can come here for good food. When the last three letters go out, it’s time to dance…
In Club BIT, located in the area behind the restaurant, you can dance the night away to electronic music. The club is currently only open during the day due to the current measures. Check out their Instagram to stay up to date!
Keileweg 10, 3029 BS Rotterdam
7. Teds All Day Brunch
A restaurant with a garden on a roof? Of course we have that in Rotterdam!
Located on the top floor of the Schieblock, you will find the former location of Op het Dak. Unfortunately, they are closed permanently, but we did get something great in return: Ted’s All Day Brunch.
At Teds All Brunch you not only enjoy the delicious brunch dishes and drinks, but of course also the view over our city and the beautiful roof garden where it is located.
It’s a perfect spot for hungover Sunday brunch dates. But of course you can come here every day. It does not matter whether you order a fresh mint tea or Espresso Martini. At Teds, you can get what you want, whenever you want!
Also read Fatima’s article with 5 hidden roofs in Rotterdam.
Schiekade 189, 3013 BR Rotterdam
A lovely coffee shop/book café/restaurant in one has opened in Rotterdam: Chiquelatte! After locations in Utrecht and Amsterdam, it is Rotterdam’s turn.
At Chiquelatte, the emphasis is on relaxing and enjoying small (pampering) moments. You can do that with ease because of all the delicacies they offer. The menu includes coffee art, special tea, chocolate fondue, high tea, freakshakes and more. A breakfast, lunch or quick bite in the evening is also possible!
Order something delicious from the menu, take a seat at the reading table and immerse yourself in a good book.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 174, 3015 BJ Rotterdam
9. Sunny Side Terrace
The ss Rotterdam has sailed all over the world and is now docked at Katendrecht, where it is open to visitors. As soon as you step on this special Rotterdam ship, it feels like you are going back in time.
The Sunny Side Terrace was recently opened for the ss Rotterdam, a hidden gem at the head of the Kaap. Here you can admire the skyline of Rotterdam during the day and sit in the front row for a beautiful sunset in the evening. All while enjoying a nice drink! Oysters, fries, beer, wine, homemade lemonade. Everything is possible.
3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam
10. Café Roosje
This summer 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
11. Studio Soleil
Studio Soleil is a super nice shop on the Zwaanhals in Rotterdam North. Here you can buy products that bring the holiday atmosphere into your home.
In this cozy shop they sell beautiful pots, vases and travel books, for example. In addition, there are also larger products for sale, such as a sofa, dining table, but also tiles and wallpaper.
The source of inspiration for the store are hotels, boutique hotels and fun markets, all over the world. Highly recommended to visit once!
Zwaanhals 283A, 3035 KH Rotterdam
At the beginning of September 2021, Tech-Noir has opened its doors on the Witte de Withstraat. At this creative location in the center of the city you can expect a large terrace, affordable cocktails, breakfast, lunch, drinks and dinner in American style!
Tech-Noir is in an area of 42 Workspace. Behind this new concept are the entrepreneurs Loran Reemer-Brandenburg (known from the former Rauwdouwer) and Bram Spruit (interior builder for Suicide Club).
The inspiration for this hotspot is the location itself, the tech companies that are located there and the 80s. Tech-Noir is the club from the 1984 movie Terminator, where the terminator opens fire on Sarah Conner.
Enjoy Miami Vice like atmospheres, pastel tones and palm trees. In the evening they change course and continue as Noir, where you can go for snacks to share, drinks and good 80’s vibes.
Also awesome: the stage will often be used for events from 42workspace and for game nights, film screenings, 80’s parties and more!
Schiedamse Vest 154, 3011 BH Rotterdam
13. Smells Good in the Hood
At the former location of Wes Eettentje, you can now find the new hotspot Smells Good In The Hood. Visit them for comfort food with culinary influences from all over the world.
This new addition to Rotterdam-North is in the hands of chef Nathan Meyer (Big Nate) and catering entrepreneur Ruben Venema and is inspired by American 90’s hip-hop and black culture. Smells Good In The Hood is the spot for a long summer evening on the colourful terrace or intimate setting in the restaurant.
With Smells Good in the Hood, Nathan and Ruben want to create a community where everything revolves around food and connecting. The Rotterdammers have known each other for a long time and have worked together for various catering projects.
Besides the fact that you can eat well here, you will also be able visit them for cool events. Think of the Hip Hop Breakfast, the well-known smells Good barbecue every last Sunday of the month and the Rotterdam Block Parties.
Benthuizerstraat 94A, 3035 CR Rotterdam
14. JOHN REED Fitness Music Club
After openings in Prague, Istanbul, Los Angeles and Vienna, it is now Rotterdam’s turn for the new location of the JOHN REED Fitness Music Club.
Fitness enthusiasts can look forward to a completely new workout experience. The club offers a combination of diverse training, street art, music with live DJs and remarkable design, taking fitness to the next level.
The new sports club on the Lijnbaan is gigantic: more than 2,200 square meters spread over four floors. Here you will find everything you need as an athlete. A large function room, two classrooms, a room with weights and fitness equipment, a personal trainer area and a boxing ring.
At JOHN REED it’s not just about sports, but a total experience. Here it is uniquely combined with design and music. For example, there are live DJ workouts, for which well-known local and national DJs are booked. In addition, playlists are used that are tailored to the time of the day, from electro to pop and hip-hop.
Wellness is also high on the list in this gym. There is a luxury spa with a sauna, relaxation room, two jacuzzis and a bistro.
Lijnbaan 101 – 105 Rotterdam, 3012 EC Rotterdam
15. Le Petitjean
Le Petit Jean is a beautiful new patisserie in Rotterdam Noord, in Zomerhofstraat to be precise. Here you can buy classic French pastries, such as éclairs or Paris-Brest. Classic, but with its own twist.
Le Petit Jean originated from the initiative of chef Maurice. All pastries are made by himself.
Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can find something here. Such as the schiacciata, a kind of focaccia but less fatty!
Zomerhofstraat 75, 3032 CK 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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