Last weekend Jaap and I went to Rotterdam for a two day gettaway. We’d heard so much about this city, that we decided to go visit some of their hotspots. Yay us! Curious how that worked out? Hereby I share with you my top 5…
1. De Jong
What an amazing venue this is! Hidden in ‘de Hofboogjes’ this stylish restaurant serves a four course meal which is presented as ‘eten wat de pot schaft’, which immediately states what kind of place this is: fancy food + a no nonsense atmosphere. Something that’s also to be noticed in their wine-pairing; they serve it by the motto ‘we are no experts, we just suggest the wines that we think taste great’. My kind of people. Oh and the waitresses are adorable!
2. Het Hoofdkantoor
Het Hoofdkantoor has received the Esquire award for best coffee place in town. And even though I am not a huge coffee addict or connaisseur, of course I like a good cup of black fluid every now and then! Especially when there’s some milkfoam on top. (I know that the ‘real’ coffee drinkers are probably yelling to their screens right now, but I can’t help it. I just really like a cappuccino every now and then). But even though I’m not a connaisseur, I could definitely tell that the coffee at Het Hoofdkantoor tasted pretty damn good.
Their breakfast by the way, is also award worthy if you ask me! The home made muesli was the best I had in years (and one knows I am usually really picky on that) and the avocado on toast with poached egg served as a fine hangover remedy… Add the special space in which your sipping your amazing coffee and eating your delicious food (you’ll be sitting in between the coffee bean bags) and you’ll have a perfect morning!
3. Nhow Hotel
When you cross the Erasmus Bridge (something, however touristy, you should definitely do on a sunny day) you’ll walk right towards a huge building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch architect. Over there you’ll find hotel Nhow and on their 9th Floor a bar and restaurant are located. They serve an amazing club sandwich, a great salad nicoise + a breathtaking view. Their lunch is great, but you could also go there around sunset, so you can watch the sun enlighten The Erasmus Bridge before it is sinking into the skyline of Rotterdam.
The Witte de Withstraat is something you shouldn’t skip when you touch R’dam ground! It’s a street with lots of cute bars and restaurants. We ended up picking an Italian of which we had heard lots of positive stories: Oliva. We started our night with a gin tonic and ended our evening with an espresso, in between we enjoyed a great four course meal + wine pairing. At Oliva the quality is very good, though you have to be open to some sort of heavy food and wine. Want to go for a drink after? De Witte Aap serves you with guilty pleasure music plus some laid back bar staff and at Blender you can show The Rotterdam crowd your dance moves! Boom shakalala.
5. Citizen M
We Stayed at hotel Citizen M. The perfect spot when you want to visit Rotterdam. Besides that it’s pretty central (right beside a train/metro station and only a 100 meters from the famous Markthal), it is also a very pretty design hotel. Simple, but pretty and that’s exactly how I like it. Oh and the lights in the shower can change into every color you want. I started acting like a little kid once I’d discovered that.
In case some of you are planning on visting Rotterdam, I hope my tips will turn your visit into an amazing one! In case you’re not planning on visiting Rotterdam, think again, because you definitely should!