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New in Town: 29 new hotspots in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
November 04, 2022

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, shops and clubs in Rotterdam.

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1. Unfiltered

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 it 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.

Address

Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 125A, 3012 GT Rotterdam

 

2. Pesca

An amazing fish restaurant on the Botersloot in Rotterdam has opened its doors: Pesca. After a location on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, it was time for a spot in the port city.

Pesca is a concept with an innovative view on the experience and business model of a seafood restaurant. Their mission is to still be able to sell fish 100 years from now. That is why they have a foundation that supports causes that are committed to clean drinking water, healthy fish stocks and a plastic-free ocean.

The restaurant is located on the Botersloot, in the former Spaarbank.

Address

Botersloot 25, 3011 HE Rotterdam

 

3. Supafood

We go back to the Van Oldenbarneveltstraat, because another new hotspot has opened their doors here. One where you really have to be for nutritious meals: Supafood. Supafood is a healthy and clean food concept. They are all about healthy comfort food that tastes good and is also good for your body.

What you can get here? Delicious smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, wraps and complete hot or cold bowls, which you can also put together yourself.

What is also nice is that allergies are taken into account and no refined sugars or flavour enhancers are added to the dishes. In addition, there is a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options here. In short, something healthy for everyone!

Address

Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 146A, 3012 GX Rotterdam

 

4. YANO

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.”

Address

Straatweg 114, 3051 BM Rotterdam

 

5. Dune

A fine coffee specialty has been opened in the Scheepvaartkwartier: Duin. 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.

Address

Van Vollenhovenstraat 14A, 3016 BH Rotterdam

 

6. 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.

Address

Pelgrimsstraat 5c, 3029 BH Rotterdam

 

7. Restaurant STER

Chef Terry Priem and his wife Esther van Otterloo, known for Gastrobar STER in Kralingen, are opening a second restaurant in Rotterdam. Restaurant STER opens mid-December 2022 for groups and early January 2023 for individual reservations.

Chef-owner Terry Priem: “We have outgrown our capacity in the relatively small Gastrobar. We lack space for the preparation of our events, but also kitchen and storage space. In addition, we have always had the ambition to open a second business and cook at a somewhat higher level.”

In Restaurant STER the culinary bar is set higher than in Gastrobar STER. The cool atmosphere remains, but expect more refined dishes, richer products and amuse-bouche.

It is already possible to make a reservation, so take a look at the website of Restaurant STER.

Address

Honingerdijk 265, 3063 AM Rotterdam

 

8. Tasty Tiengemeten

If you want a very special night out, then this is a tip for you! Since November 1, it is possible to visit the beautiful nature island of Tiengemeten for the Tasty Tiengemeten. With this new concept, TinyParks de Herberg wants to attract visitors to the beautiful island in the autumn and winter.

Every Friday and Saturday you can enjoy food, comedy, music and a light walk here. The nature of the island of Tiengemeten is combined with a three-course menu, various comedians and festive bands.

Address

Tiengemeten 1, 3284 BE Zuid-Beijerland

 

9. Barlou

A new gem on the Benthuizerstraat: Barlou. You can enjoy good food and drinks here from Thursday to Sunday. It is in a beautiful building; you may remember it from when Wes Ettentje and subsequent Smells Good in the Hood were housed in it.

You can go to Barlou for a good drink. That is why the menu includes tasty wines and various types of specialty beer. They also make various cocktails, such as Dark ‘N Stormy, Espresso Martini and a Kaffir Lime Sour. Prefer a coffee or ginger tea? They have!

And then the food. Of course they have snacks to go along with your drinks, such as kimchi croquettes and cheese sticks. But be sure to visit Barlou for lunch (on weekends) or dinner as well. A small selection of the food menu: shakshuka, fried burrata, camembert with dates from the oven and a halloumi burger.

Then the relaxed atmosphere that hangs there is worth mentioning. Whether you’re there on a Friday evening to kick off the weekend or on a quiet Sunday to discuss the past weekend, it’s the perfect hangout in Rotterdam Noord!

Address

Benthuizerstraat 94A, 3035 CR Rotterdam

 

10. SHIN

On the 8th of July 2022 a modern, cosy Japanese tapas bar and matcha café in izakaya style has opened at the Rodezand in Rotterdam: SHIN Rotterdam. Visit this hotspot for Japanese cocktails and whisky’s and various delicious Japanese dishes, just like you can the typical laidback izakaya bars in Japan.

Next to that, matcha lovers can indulge themselves at SHIN. Because here they serve real Japanese matcha, from the Japanese town of Shizuoka and made by a company of tea farmers who have been in the business for more than 100 years.

What can you expect from the matcha menu? For example, various matcha desserts, such as the Matcha Parfait, a popular dessert in Japanese cafes, and home-made matcha ice cream to (warm) drinks with matcha, such as the matcha latte.

You can order the matcha at different levels, both for the drinks and the desserts. The higher the level, the stronger and purer the matcha. The staff can of course help you with this.

Want to know more? Read our article about this new Japanese tapas bar in Rotterdam.

Address

Rodezand 23B-25, 3011 AM Rotterdam

 

11. Amore

A new exciting resto bar where life is celebrated has opened up on Tiendplein: Amore. The founders are Kim Pieters and Kelly Vincent, the team behind Weelde.

Amore invites you to explore with shared dining and an extensive drinks menu. There is also a small dance floor where things can get a bit out of hand…

Owner Kim about Amore: “We are ready to sit on the terrace all day, stay long after dinner and go dancing. Together with the people you want to have around you. Everyone is looking forward to it, even the staff makes it a party. ”

“It will have the casual feel of a bar open late, but with the quality products of a restaurant without actually being a restaurant.”

Read more about this new gem in Rotterdam West.

Address

Tiendplein 1A, 3014 BH Rotterdam

 

12. Kilo Kilo Store

Hidden in the centre, on Schouwburgplein to be precise, you will find the recently opened Kilo Kilo vintage store. As the name suggests, you can pay for vintage clothing per kilo here.

The Kilo Kilo team attaches great importance to unique items and good quality materials. You will also find brands such as Nike, Adidas and Levi’s. You can also discover beautiful vintage gems, such as blouses, jackets and more.

Before this new vintage shop opened up, Rotterdam was already acquainted with Kilo Kilo, namely during the Kilo Kilo Sale events. For example, they were present in the Poolcafé at Weelde during an event.

Address

Schouwburgplein 9, 3012 CL Rotterdam

 

13. Bar Simon

Bar Simon is a nice new hotspot on the Middellandplein in Rotterdam West. Visit this bar-bistro for their large terrace with evening sun, extensive beer and wine list and great food.

Bar Simon’s dishes are inspired by French-Dutch cuisine and are made with high-quality ingredients. Think of special starters such as homemade lentil pate with mushrooms and artichoke in vinaigrette. Three classics have been chosen for the main courses: steak béarnaise, monkfish and a tartelette ratatouille.

You can also have a drink at Bar Simon. In addition to delicious snacks, they have five beers on tap, an extensive wine list and five beautiful cocktails. There is also a wide choice of soft drinks, if you prefer non-alcoholic.

Address

Middellandplein 16A, 3021 BT Rotterdam

 

14. 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!

Address

Bloemfonteinstraat 78C, 3072 HK Rotterdam

 

15. LALA Latin Soul Food

There is a new gem in the Markthal: LALA Latin Soul Food. In this new restaurant you can choose from a selection of authentic dishes full of flavour.

They serve casual Latin American and Spanish street food dishes here all day long. And as you can see in the photo above, it is served on colourful, cheerful plates and tables.

Address

Grotemarkt 188, 3011 PA Rotterdam

 

16. Bar Bistro LOEVetDIE

A new addition to the Zwaanhals in Rotterdam Noord that we are certainly very happy with: Bar Bistro LOEVetDIE! It is a cosy bar bistro where you mainly enjoy fish dishes in a French atmosphere.

When the sun shines you can sit here on the terrace, but there’s a great vibe inside the restaurant as well. Because of the beautiful interior and French music, you really feel like you’re on holiday.

Address

Zwaanshals 341A, 3035 KL Rotterdam

 

17. De Luca

A new lunch spot is always welcome! That is why we are happy with De Luca, a new artisanal breakfast & lunchroom in Rotterdam West. A real asset for the local residents (and beyond of course), because here you can enjoy delicious (ice) coffee and a snack in the morning or afternoon.

The owner of De Luca has made her dream come true by opening this spot. Now she loves making homemade banana bread, classic avocado toast with bread from Jordy’s Bakery and coffee from Giraffe Coffee Roasters.

Address

Tidemanstraat 1, 3022 SB Rotterdam

18. Glow

On September 3, 2022, Glow Institute opened its doors on the Lusthofstraat in Kralingen. With the opening of their salon of no less than 200 m2, the location is the place where skin-loving people can go for the most innovative skin treatments.

With five treatment rooms, a juice and lunch bar, a large assortment with the latest skin and beauty products, a beauty bar with the products of Olcay Gulsen and the flagship store of the revolutionary SKNGM, they offer everything here for velvety soft skin.

Address

Lusthofstraat 80c, 3061 WH Rotterdam

 

19. Izao Jewelry in Kralingen

An artisan goldsmith and jewelry shop has opened in Kralingen: Izao Jewelry. Customers can come here for custom jewelry and the melting of gold into new design. Or browse the store and score a completely new piece of jewelry!

Jewelry designer Nastasia is the face behind Izao. She loves colour and organic shapes and this is reflected in the designs. She often uses precious stones in silver and gold jewelry.

Address

Waterloostraat 176a, 3062 TX Rotterdam

 

20. Dikke Mic

Do you love karaoke? Then you will be over the moon about the newest addition to our city: Dikke Mic, an authentic Japanese karaoke bar. In the basement you can discover the various karaoke rooms, each with its own theme and inspired by the small Asian streets and alleys. In total there are eight private karaoke rooms that can be booked from four to 30 people.

Got an appetite? Enjoy Asian street food at the street food bar, composed by star chef Ron Blaauw. Order at the bar or order individual snacks for while singing.

The karaoke club was actually created out of sheer necessity, according to entrepreneur Daan van Hal: “We have a karaoke room in our adjacent establishment, Mooie Boules, but it is so popular that it is bursting at the seams. Because we don’t like to disappoint people, we decided to open an authentic Japanese karaoke bar, which has become Dikke Mic. The atmosphere and quality of bites and drinks that you are used to from Mooie Boules, but with an Asian twist.”

Address

Vijverhofstraat 47, 3032 SB Rotterdam

 

21. Restaurant Rotonde

Photo by Ruth Nije Bijvank.

If there’s one thing that can make me happy, it’s a vegan-friendly restaurant. And with Restaurant Rotonde there is one more in our city!

Restaurant Rotonde is a progressive restaurant with a vegetarian menu, where seven out of ten dishes are vegan. The dishes are made from local vegetables and plants and they cook everything over a wood fire.

Need a nice drink? They serve delicious natural wines.

Address

Goudsesingel 230, 3011KE Rotterdam

 

22. Kula

Rotterdam entrepreneurs Annemijn van der Vorm and Berend Romijn have launched a completely new, magical and playful concept to make wellbeing accessible to everyone: Kula. After attending a yoga class you can stay here to have a beer!

Kula offers a place for everyone who needs to relax and recharge – at any time of the day. Whether you drop by the all day cafe for coffee (to go), breakfast, lunch or pre-yoga dinner, plop down under ‘the Kula tree’ or attend a yoga class or workshop.

Together with professional breathwork coaches and yoga teachers, Kula organizes monthly events and workshops in the Kula Studio, such as New Moon Women’s Circles and Breathwork classes. The workshops can be booked via the Kula website.

Address

Abraham Tuschinskistraat 54, 3015 GK Rotterdam

 

23. Vague vintage

A new gem has opened at the Zwaanhals!

Vague started out as an Instagram shop, but they have been open as a physical store since the end of November. Here you will find the most beautiful vintage clothing for men, women and unisex. Each item is carefully selected and this gives the store more of a boutique vibe.

The webshop remains open and there are regular Instagram story sales with different offers than in the store. So it’s definitely worth checking out both the Instagram page and the store.

Also check out these vintage shops in Rotterdam.

Address

Zwaanshals 301, 3035 KJ Rotterdam

 

24. Hotel Not Hotel

Since November 15 2021, Hotel Not Hotel has been the ideal place to stay during your weekend in Rotterdam.

Why is this hotel so different? Various (local) artists have set to work here to make it an experience: it feels like an artistic village, with squares, houses and hidden front doors.

The hotel contains 36 rooms, something you wouldn’t think when you step inside. The rooms are so hidden that it seems that there are only a few rooms. Some doors have been transformed into bookcases or mirrors! Each room is in a different area, located on the two courtyards. For instance, you have a Hansel and Gretel house, a mirror house, a castle, an Italian house and more.

Of course, the hotel cannot exist without a matching restaurant. And not just any restaurant: a Mexican restaurant slash cocktail bar. No fewer than 85 guests can enjoy dinner and cocktails here until the late hours. Mexican street food is leading here, such as delicious fresh tacos.

Book your stay at Hotel Not Hotel here. 

Address

Schaatsbaan 83, 3013 AR Rotterdam

 

25. OX

Gerechten bij OX Rotterdam

OX is a beautiful new restaurant and cocktail bar in one.

OX’s menu is inspired by Malaysian Chinese cuisine. Chef Alexander Wong (known for FG Restaurant, FG Food Labs and The Suicide Club) surprises you with his take on the Chinese tradition. The dishes – think dim sum, steamed oysters and modern variations of Babi Pangang – are meant to be shared.

Combine the delicious food with the refreshing cocktails from Jacopo Di Domenico (known from Dr. Rotterdam) or choose from the extensive wine list.

Address

That’s classified. Book a table and they’ll let you know where it is!

 

26. Café Clementine

Do you already know Café Clementine? Since the beginning of this year you can visit this new pop-up restaurant in Barendrecht. So it’s actually located outside Rotterdam. But trust me, it’s worth the detour!

In the glass greenhouse of Café Clementine you can enjoy an all-day menu with beautifully prepared dishes to share. Above you can already see how green it is! In addition, when the weather is nice, it’s a good idea to sit on their terrace.

So drop by for a delicious lunch, dinner and drinks. The dishes are made with local, sustainable products. Many even come from their own garden, such as the edible flowers and herbs.

Address

Spoorlaan 7, 2991 LD Barendrecht

 

27. FEST

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.

Address

Delftsevaart 26, 3011 HL Rotterdam

 

28. Dutch Dukes

Photo by Wendy van Bree.

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!

Address

Witte de Withstraat 81, 3012 BN Rotterdam

 

29. Remastered Experience

Onder de Erasmusbrug vind je de unieke Remastered Experience, waar je een wordt met kunst en muziek. Toffe projecties brengen je naar een wereld geïnspireerd door Oude Hollandse Meesters.

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. Buy your ticket upfront via this link.

Address

Willemsplein 79, 3016 DR 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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