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New in Town: 22 new hotspots in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
January 07, 2022

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 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)!

Please note: unfortunately, certain restaurants/shops may be closed due to current government measures.

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1. Wintage

Photo by Annelies Schouten – Anne Lisa fotografie

A new vintage shop always makes me happy. And in this list you will find two new ones!

First up we have Wintage, a beautiful vintage showroom that is located on the Oude Dijk. In order to offer customers a personal experience, they have opted for shopping on appointment. It is a mecca of unique vintage designer items from, among others: Cees Braakman, Marcel Breuer, Thonet. With prices from 10 to 2500 euros, there is something for everyone to find there, from classic vintage mirrors to sleek designer chairs.

In addition to offering vintage furniture, a ready-made photo studio is located on the first floor of the showroom. This photo studio can be rented at minimal rents, in order to remove the obstacles for young entrepreneurs. While renting the photo studio, all available vintage furniture, home accessories and the garden can be used.

I definitely want to visit soon!

Address

Oudedijk 223B, 3061 AG Rotterdam

 

2. 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

 

3. Kula

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

In this challenging time when many people suffer from mental complaints, it is more important than ever to continue to take good care of yourself. 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.

Kula will open its doors in the Coolhaven in the weekend of 4 and 5 December. We can’t wait!

Address

Abraham Tuschinskistraat 54, 3015 GK Rotterdam

 

4. 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

 

5. Hotel Not Hotel

Since November 15, 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

 

6. 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!

 

7. Deli Buiten

Hillegersberg has a new restaurant since 7 October: Deli Buiten! You may have heard of this cute spot, since they also have a location on the Nieuwe Binnenweg.

It’s no surprise that you can eat well here, since star chef Marco Prins is in charge in the kitchen. Come to Buiten for fresh takeaway dishes such as lunch, dinner and snacks.

They also sell all kinds of great products in their shop, such as wine, but also crockery and candles. Check it out!

Address

Freericksplaats 23a, 3054 GK Rotterdam

 

8. Noonchi

Nieuw restaurant in Rotterdam: Noonchi op de Wilhelminakade.

New in the Foodhallen: Noonchi Korean Street Food. Noonchi (officially written as nunchi) is a traditional Korean concept of consciousness. Nunchi stands for the art of understanding what people think and feel. It is the focus of Korean-American journalist and author Euny Hong’s book, “The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success.”

At Noonchi you can enjoy affordable, fresh authentic Korean street food dishes. Think bibimbap, mandu (dumplings) and cupdak (fried chicken in a bowl). There are also vegetarian options, such as the Honey butter avocado with fried potatoes and bibimbap Dubu with tofu and vegetables.

Address

Wilhelminakade 58, 3072 AR Rotterdam

 

9. 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

 

10. 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!

Address

Hofplein 19, 3032 AC Rotterdam

 

11. Heeren aan de Haven

Photo: Ik ben Leonard

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.

Address

Nieuwe Haven 1, 2959 AT Streefkerk

 

12. 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

 

13. 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.

Address

Willemsplein 79, 3016 DR Rotterdam

 

14. 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!

Address

Keileweg 10, 3029 BS Rotterdam

 

15. 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!

Address

Raampoortstraat 38, 3032 AH Rotterdam

 

16. G’rilla Kitchen

For those who don’t know G’rilla Kitchen yet: they started delivering fresh dishes in 2020. Since the beginning of 2021 they have secured a spot at the Karel Doormanstraat!

The mission of G’rilla Kitchen is to prepare healthy and tasty dishes. On the menu you will find everything: boxes with (vegan) chicken, salmon, tempeh complete with lots of vegetables and other tasty toppings. Every dish is a true taste explosion!

So are you looking for a healthy lunch or dinner? Then pay a visit to G’rilla Kitchen, which is located right in the centre of our city.

Address

Karel Doormanstraat 461a, 3012 GH Rotterdam

 

17. Chiqueolatte

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.

Address

Nieuwe Binnenweg 174, 3015 BJ Rotterdam

 

18. Studio Soleil

Zomers shoppen kan bij Studio Soleil op de Zwaanhals in Rotterdam Noord! Hier verkopen ze de mooiste items voor jouw interieur.

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!

Address

Zwaanhals 283A, 3035 KH Rotterdam

 

19. Tech-noir

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!

Address

Schiedamse Vest 154, 3011 BH Rotterdam

 

20. 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.

Address

Benthuizerstraat 94A, 3035 CR Rotterdam

 

21. 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.

Address

Lijnbaan 101 – 105 Rotterdam, 3012 EC Rotterdam

 

22. Le Petitjean

Photo by our blogger @Marionro.cks.

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!

Address

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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