The sun is out! Are you looking for a lovely terrace in Rotterdam? A place where you can enjoy the weather, refreshing drinks and a bite to eat? Then you came to the right place!
Rotterdam has a lot of cafes, bars and restaurants with a terrace where you can enjoy the sun! Below we share 38 great hotspots with sunny terraces in Rotterdam. From breakfast spots, restaurants and cafes in the middle of the center of the city to lovely restaurants in Delfshaven. Time to enjoy the sunny weather!
Where can we find you when the sun is out? Let us know in the comments below!
From May 19, the terraces in Rotterdam will be open from 06:00 till 20:00 o’clock. Always visit the website and social media channels of the restaurant/café you want to visit for the correct information such as the current opening hours.
Remember Tropicana? Unfortunately this water paradise doesn’t exist anymore, but something cool did come in its place: Aloha!
It’s a restaurant, bar, city park, coffee roasting and it has a terrace. The terrace is located in the old outdoor swimming pool and in this beautiful location you look out over the Maas. Perfect for a lunch, dinner or drink!
Maasboulevard 100, 3063 NS Rotterdam
In this beautifully secluded garden, where the sun shines through the trees, you can enjoy the true works of art that they call cocktails. In addition to the nice tropical names and looks, the cocktails taste surprisingly good.
Next to the Tiki Passion or the 5 Island Cendol (as shown), you will find various Indonesian bites, such as of course their famous saté. Whether you live in Kralingen or not, it is certainly worth a visit on a summer day!
Read this article for more cocktail bars in Rotterdam!
Oudedijk 273, 3061 AK Rotterdam
On the outskirts of the city you will find a beautiful city farm. A creative, utopian free state: Weelde.
Enjoy delicious food from the Zure Bom canteen, sip refreshing cocktails, beer or wine and show your skate tricks in the Poolcafé. And be sure to admire the splendor of their green, lush grounds. This way it still feels as if you’ve been on vacation this summer.
Looking for more special locations in our city? Check out these unique hotspots in Rotterdam!
Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam
Looking for something a bit different? Then we recommend a visit to Vessel11! The restaurant is actually a red lightship docked in the city center of Rotterdam.
On their deck they have a great terrace, where you can sit on a sunny day in Rotterdam whilst enjoying a drink and delicious food. But they also have tables on shore next to the boat where you can take a seat and enjoy the sun.
Their menu offers typical British pub food, with a seasonal and modern twist. In addition, V11 often organizes live music events, with fun (upcoming) bands and musicians.
TIP: Vessel11 is also a good choice on a rainy day. In the back of the boat you are dry because of the roofed area! Also read our article with covered terraces in Rotterdam for even more options for bad weather days.
Wijnhaven 101, 3011 WN Rotterdam
5. De Maaskantine
A great terrace on the waterside? Then you should visit De Maaskantine! Here you can enjoy tasty BBQ dishes and refreshing drinks.
The menu features dishes with Cajun/Creole influences. Think of dishes such as the Cajun twister fries, loaded fries, corn on the cob, and the O.G. vegan burger, to name a few.
Just having a drink at the Maaskantine is also possible of course. In collaboration with The Rumah, the cocktail menu is filled with their delicious mixes, such as the Soupe du Jour and I’m a Flamingo.
Plantagelaan 2, 3063 NG Rotterdam
6. Parkcafé Parqiet
Do you want to get away from the hustle and bustle in the city? Then Parqiet in the Park is the ideal hotspot. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and drinks. Parqiet is located in the former carriage house and together with Dudok in the Park, is one of the few spots in the Park to enjoy a drink and food.
Sit down on one of the striped beach chairs or choose a table to sit at, order something delicious and enjoy the green park and view of the Euromast! For a minute you’ll forget that you’re actually in a busy city.
Be sure to also check out these hidden gems in Rotterdam for more spots where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!
Baden Powelllaan 20, 3016 GJ Rotterdam
Fancy a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch? Then Arzu is a great option.
Arzu’s menu features all kinds of delicious pancakes, but they also have sandwiches and bowls.
Arzu has two locations, one in Rotterdam North and one in Rotterdam West. In the west the location has a lovely garden, with nice cushions and beach chairs. In North they also have an outside terrace where you can take a seat.
West: Middellandplein 30A, 3021 BV Rotterdam
North: Bergweg 209a, 3037 EJ Rotterdam
8. De Brunch Club
At De Brunch Club in Rotterdam Noord you can also enjoy sitting outside on the terrace. Vegan, vegetarian, organic and of course delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes await you here.
Opt for the DBC Brunch platter or order delicious pancakes, eggs benedict, French toast, a vegetarian wrap and of course a nice cup of coffee. A good start to your day!
Zaagmolenkade 15, 3035KA Rotterdam
9. Vlaamsch Broodhuys
Vlaamsch Broodhuys is a great place to have breakfast, brunch or lunch. Here they serve delicious bread from their own bakery. And you can enjoy it on their terrace, right in the center of the city.
Choose one of their fresh sandwiches from their extensive menu, for example with delicious mackerel rillettes or the baba ganoush and tandoori creme. You can also choose from grilled sandwiches, salads and soups. Their drinks menu has been expanded with coffee, tea, soft drinks, beers, wines and much more.
Meent 8a, 3011 JJ Rotterdam
10. Harvest Coffee Brewers
Delicious coffee, super tasty food and great service! This is exactly what you can expect at Harvest Coffee Brewers. This cozy hotspot is located in the Glashaven; a super nice location. They don’t have a large terrace, so it is difficult to get a spot, but this makes their small terrace with a view of the small harbor very unique.
The owners of Harvest Coffee Brewers have worked in the hospitality scene in Melbourne, Australia and this is reflected in the menu and the whole atmosphere of this hotspot.
It’s a fun place to have breakfast, brunch or lunch, with delicious dishes such as the classic Eggs Benedict.
Glashaven 107, 3011 XG Rotterdam
11. Breakfast in Rotterdam HQ
Breakfast in Rotterdam HQ is a popular breakfast place in Blijdorp. It’s located in Spullen voor in je Huis (translation: Stuff for in your Home), a second-hand store full of furniture, plants and other items.
You can simply make a reservation at Breakfast in Rotterdam HQ at the outdoor bar, where you can also directly place your order. Then you can take a seat on their cozy terrace!
The menu offers a lot of delicious breakfast dishes, such as breakfast bowls, various sandwiches and wraps. A favourite is the classic (but with a twist) Avo Smash with avocado, chili flakes, lemon and pomegranate seeds.
Stadhoudersweg 96D, 3039 CJ Rotterdam
12. 30ml Coffee Roasters
30ml Coffee Roasters is the perfect all day breakfast place in Rotterdam. In addition to breakfast classics such as eggs Benedict, croissants or American pancakes, they also have tasty lunch dishes here. A must is the Tiny Toast with avocado spread. Or opt for the grilled cheese sandwich.
Fancy a good cup of coffee? Then 30ml Coffee Roasters is the right choice for you. Their drinks menu lists almost everything: black coffee, white coffee, iced coffee. Not a coffee fan? They also have a variety of juices, matcha teas, soft drinks and specialty specials.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 105, 3014 GH Rotterdam
13. Urban Espresso Bar
Urban Espresso Bar is a great place on the Nieuwe Binnenweg to drink a good cup of coffee. Here they serve coffee from the well-known Rotterdam roaster Giraffe, with which they have together made their own “UEB blend”. They make the tastiest americanos and flat whites with varying beans.
In addition, you can enjoy breakfast, drinks and of course lunch here. They have a cozy terrace on the lawn in front of their business.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 263, 3021 GD Rotterdam
14. Baker & Moore
Breakfast all day and every day! At Baker & Moore you can order all kinds of delicious breakfast dishes, from their Ultimate Toast Avocado to their Cocoloco Mango Chia Bowl and Sweet “Moore” Ning with a large croissant and mini scone.
Their sandwich specials are really worth a try too! Did you know that their Mr Baker Goes Asia sandwich has even won the title “The tastiest lunchroom sandwich in the Netherlands 2018”?
Fortunately, Baker & Moore simply has a terrace for their business!
Westblaak 147, 3012 KJ Rotterdam
15. Op Het Dak
Did you know that there is a city garden on top of the roof of the building next to Annabel and Biergarten? It is the first green rooftop in the Netherlands to grow fruit and vegetables.
Find a spot among all the greenery, order a snack or a drink and enjoy this gem in the middle of the city!
Fortunately, Op de Dak is not the only place with a nice roof terrace. Read Fatima’s article with hidden roof terraces of Rotterdam.
Schiekade 189, 3013 BR Rotterdam
Biergarten doesn’t need an introduction. It has become a true household name in the city and the place to be to enjoy a beer in the sun on a Friday or Saturday night. In addition to the range in beer, you can order a burger, fries, or other snacks such as nachos or a Biergarten ‘kapsalon’ here.
Check their agenda for all the fun events they are planning and get ready for a sunny Friday afternoon drink or a perfect start of your night out (as soon as it’s possible again)!
Schiestraat 18, 3013 BR Rotterdam
17. Garden of Bird
Sitting in nice lounge chairs, with some tropical tunes playing in the background, a drink in your hands and of course a Bird pizza in front of you, the Garden of Bird is a great place to spend a warm afternoon.
You will find the Garden of Bird right in front of Bird, located between the Luchtsingel and the Hofbogen. Also make sure to check Bird’s agenda to stay up to date of fun parties in their Garden, such as the silent disco!
Raampoortstraat 26, 3032 AH Rotterdam
Fontein is named after the Hofplein fountain right in front of the restaurant. With no fewer than two terraces you always got yourself a spot in the sun while you enjoy a beer and some snacks with a Mediterranean touch.
And what is certainly worth mentioning is that there is a beautiful roof terrace on the tenth floor of the building. From the Fontein Rooftop you have a beautiful 360-degree view of Rotterdam. You can even see so far that you can see The Hague!
Here you can enjoy the view with a drink and hopefully you will soon be able to dine in the indoor restaurant again.
Hofplein 19, 3032 AC Rotterdam
19. Dudok in het Park
Dudok in the Park is located in the middle of the Park. It’s located in the beautiful monumental building the Heerenhuys. This beautiful building comes with a great outdoor seating area!
It’s the ideal location to enjoy a sunny day in Rotterdam. Here you can order a nice cup of coffee, tea or a refreshing drink with something sweet (Dudok-apple pie, maybe?) or savory from the menu.
On sunny days, and once it’s possible again, Dudok in the Park extends the opening hours, so you can also have dinner outside.
Baden Powellaan 12, 3016 GJ Rotterdam
Rainaraï can be found on the Middellandplein in Rotterdam-West. There are beautiful rugs and cushions on the sofas and because the terrace is surrounded by tropical trees, it feels a bit like you are in an oasis. It is a wonderful place to have a drink or have an extensive dinner.
Order a nice beer or a glass of wine and enjoy an Algerian pizza from the wood oven or one of the Nomadic dishes. Delicious!
1e Middellandstraat 134, 3021 BJ Rotterdam
If you’re looking for a nice place in the Maho Kwartier, Bokaal is the way to go. It has one of the larger terraces in Rotterdam, so it increases the chance of actually finding a spot.
Together with friends or colleagues you can go here for beer, wine and good food. The terrace always has a great atmosphere and is right in the middle of the center of Rotterdam.
Nieuwemarkt 11, 3011 HP Rotterdam
22. Hotel New York
The terrace of Hotel New York is a good choice during a sunny day in our city. It has a perfect location at the head of the Wilhelminapier overlooking the beautiful skyline of Rotterdam!
Order a nice drink and a tasty dish from the menu. For instance, we recommend the vegetarian Chef’s lunch with mushroom croquettes is definitely recommended during lunchtime.
Of course you can also go for a delicious pastry or platter of oysters. Whatever you prefer, enjoy!
Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam
23. Tante Nel
Do you want a nice refreshing drink and an organic frikandel? Go to Tante Nel of course! This hotspot is highly recommended, not only for the nice terrace, but also for the delicious French fries and gin tonics!
Tante Nel is a unique concept: a snackbar with snacks that have been transformed into luxury dishes. For example: a meat ball with truffle mayonnaise, fries Tzar Caviar or a crawfish croquette.
Pannekoekstraat 53, 3011 LC Rotterdam
24. De Huismeester
On the Meent you will also find a lot of hotspots with terraces! For example, De Huismeester, which is located in a beautiful historic building. While sitting on the terrace of the Huismeester, it feels as if you’re in Spain, where you can order delicious pintxos, tapas and a jug of sangria.
It is highly recommended, with delicious food, tasty drinks and super friendly service.
Meent 115, 3011 JH Rotterdam
25. Belgisch Biercafé Boudewijn
On the Nieuwe Binnenweg you will find the Belgian Beer Café Boudewijn. Crazy about (special) beer? Then you should definitely choose this café. They have 24 types on tap and more than 200 beers in the bottle.
Of course you can also order something to eat, such as shrimp croquettes, mussels and beef stew. These are all typical Belgian dishes!
Behind the café of Boudewijn is also a nice garden where you can go for a lunch, dinner or refreshing beer.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 53a-b, 3014 GD Rotterdam
Close to the bustle of the central station, the trams and many cyclists you will find Ayla. A Mediterranean place where you can relax from all the chaos that’s happening around you. Secure a spot on the terrace for brunch, lunch, drinks, dinner or a drink.
Enjoy the sun, with their delicious bar bites and special cocktails, wine or sangria.
Kruisplein 153, 3014 DD Rotterdam
The name actually says enough, but Prachtig (meaning beautiful) has a beautiful terrace directly on the banks of the Maas, right under the Erasmus Bridge. The terrace of Prachtig has 250 spots and is distributed over a lounge terrace, a drink terrace and a dinner terrace.
From here you have a view of the Willems Bridge, the Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid. With it’s ideal location and iconic view, Prachtig is a great place to lounge, lunch or have dinner.
Willemsplein 77, 3016 DR Rotterdam
With a large outdoor area and a location right in the city center, Weena is ideal for an after work drink. Also make sure to enter their pub quiz, that they organize every Tuesday evening (that reminds us: check out our article about 3x the best pub quiz in Rotterdam).
It’s a nice hotspot to go to with a group of friends or co-workers!
Weena 202, 3012 NJ Rotterdam
29. Viskantine aan de Cool
De Viskantine is De Machinist’s pop-up restaurant and you can usually go here from May to September.
The Viskantine is the ideal hotspot for fish lovers! Next to fresh fish dishes and tasty drinks, you can relax in a lounge chair or beanbag and watch the passing boats. Feet in the sand and the setting sun on your face, that’s the good life.
Willem Buytewechstraat 45, 3024 BK Rotterdam
De Witte de Withstraat is always a good idea! Here you will find plenty of hotspots with great outdoor seating, such as Ballroom, NRC Café, Supermercado, Witte Aap, Café De Zondebok & ‘t Zwarte Schaap, just to name a few! Bazar is also in this fine location in Rotterdam and we can’t imagine the street without it.
The terrace of Bazar is very spacious, so it’s a great option if you can’t find spot elsewhere. The tables and plates are very colorful, making every visit a bit like a little party. The menu – inspired on the Middle East and North Africa – is very extensive and you can go here for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a drink.
Witte de Withstraat 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam
31. Fenix Food Factory
Fenix Food Factory is located in a harbor warehouse (Fenixloods 1) on Katendrecht; a unique part of Rotterdam. You can go here for fresh, local products.
Get a cocktail at the Soda Pop Shop, a (special) beer at the Kaapse Brouwers, a sandwich from Jordy or whatever you prefer and enjoy it on the terrace! It is an lovely location and always a good option if you fancy a day at the terrace.
Veerlaan 19D, 3072 AN Rotterdam
32. De Gele Kanarie
Named after the beer that they brew in the basement themselves, the Gele Kanarie is a great place for a drink and bite with your friends.
With great weather, the terrace is packed on Friday’s and Saturday’s, as it’s the go to after work hang out for many people!
Goudsesingel 284, 3011 KH Rotterdam
33. A la plancha
Great news. Pop-up restaurant A La Plancha opens their doors on the Noordereiland again this summer. As a fan, we couldn’t be more excited about this.
What once started as a neighborhood initiative to put Noordereiland on the map has now grown into a true concept in Rotterdam. A La plancha is really a wonderful place to be during a sunny day. While you enjoy fresh fish dishes and a cold beer or a nice wine, you are also in a great location with a beautiful view over the Maas.
If you spend an afternoon or evening here, it feels like you are on vacation. Most of us can really use that!
Maaskade 74, 3071 NC Rotterdam
34. Dudok aan de Maas
We can have an amazing time at Dudok aan de Maas again this summer. On the 17th of June they will open up their pop-up summer terrace at the Cruise Terminal. It is a culinary holiday destination on the water in the heart of Rotterdam.
Here you can dine or have a drink with a beautiful view over the Maas and the Rotterdam skyline.
On a sunny day you can sit on the beautiful terrace, but don’t think it isn’t worth a visit on a rainy day. Through the large windows of Cruise Terminal you still have a perfect view!
Wilhelminakade 699, 3072 AP Rotterdam
At Soif, a lovely and affordable restaurant in Delfshaven, you can sit right at the waterside. In the summer you can relax here on the spacious terrace!
It is an eatery where they serve delicious soups, salads, cheese fondue, risotto and much more. They also have delicious desserts such as the cheesecake, apple pie and nut cake from Koekela.
Mathenesserdijk 438 A, 3026 GV
36. ‘t Ouwe Bruggetje
This restaurant with the beautiful green facade can be found in Historical Delfshaven. All that lush green definitely attracts the attention when you walk past them. Lucikly, Restaurant ‘t Ouwe Bruggetje & Wijnwinkel has a lovely terrace on the water, so you can have a seat.
Go here for a delicious dinner or for a fun wine tasting!
Voorhaven 6A, 3024 RM Rotterdam
37. De Tuin
Many people from Rotterdam go to the Kralingse Plas during the warmer days in our country. So it’s nice to know that you can sit somewhere outside and order a drink and some food. De Tuin (meaning The Garden) has a perfect location for a terrace, located on the edge of the Kralingse Bos and directly on the beautiful Kralingse Plas.
From this terrace you also have an amazing view of the Rotterdam skyline.
You can order a lot of tasty food at De Tuin and you can go here for lunch, brunch, dinner, high tea, barbecue and drinks.
Plaszoom 354, 3062 CL Rotterdam
38. De Harmonie Restaurant 23
De Harmonie Restaurant 23 is a very special restaurant where you can choose from the seasonal a la carte dishes or opt for the four, five or 23 (!) course menu. For chef Marco Somer, nature is a constant source of inspiration and you can really taste that in his culinary dishes.
When the sun shines, you can sit in their lovely, lush garden! It’s the ideal place to enjoy a sunny day and have quality time with someone special.
Be sure to also read our article about restaurants with a garden in Rotterdam for more special spots.
Westersingel 95, 3015 LC Rotterdam
Bonus: Foodhall Scheveningen
Fancy a day at the beach? Then we also know a nice address for which you (unfortunately) have to leave Rotterdam: Foodhall Scheveningen. You can find this hotspot on the Noordboulevard.
Enjoy a variety of worldly and local dishes, with a choice of seventeen cuisines, all under one roof! Are you going for a portion of bitterballen, Spanish churros or a veggie burger? Choose something tasty, relax on the terrace and imagine yourself on vacation with a beautiful view over the North Sea.
If you wouldn’t mind a day in Scheveningen, this article with the best beach bars in Scheveningen is for you. Handy for those sultry summer evenings!
Strandweg 161, 2586 JM Den Haag
That’s it! The sunniest terraces in Rotterdam, perfect for enjoying a summer afternoon and a nice cold drink with your friends, family or colleagues. Is your go-to terrace not yet listed? Let us know in the comments!
Are you more a DIY-person and do you prefer to bring your own food and drinks? A picnic in Rotterdam is another great option during good weather!
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