Wander off like a do-rist

Rotterdam is never boring. Follow in the footsteps of Rotterdam’s locals, to experience the city as it really is. Check out their favourites but mostly, follow your own path.

Do Rotterdam like a local

For local delicacies, visit the Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt, a delicious and sustainable farmers’ market on Noordplein. Look for yourself in the 1664 mirrors of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the very first public art depot in the world. Take a watertaxi to Marconistraat: the port industry can still be felt here, alongside the new Makers District M4H, which houses a lot of creatives (Studio Roosegaarde, Atelier Van Lieshout). Rent a bike to explore the area, take a look at the Floating Farm where futuristic farming takes place. Then visit the nearby Weelde, a creative free state where you can stop for a drink and a snack. The most beautiful park is Het Park at the Euromast, where lush greenery and iconic architecture meet right next to the city centre. When visiting Het Park, don’t forget to stop by the hidden historic gardens of Schoonoord. More local tips? Check www.dorotterdam.com.


Must sees in Rotterdam




Harbour, beach & nature


Art & Culture




Talitha (@tnollen), communications expert and board member of @gayrotterdam, will tell you where to dance the night away πŸ’ƒ

β€˜@ferry_rotterdam is a good place to start if you’ve recently come out. They have a lovely terrace, an urban interior, good food – try the burgers! – and good beats. Straight friends are welcome too. It’s my home port. If I want to let my hair down, @keerweer is the place to be with a lot of Dutch music by Willeke Alberti and the Toppers. @regenboogrotterdam and @loge_rotterdam have the same vibe or drag cafΓ© @bonaparterotterdam.’ 

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In honour of Rotterdam Pride πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’š Congratulations to the big winner of Shoutout Monday @samoaphotography ✨ 

Check out our #linkinbio to see the full pride program πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

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Joline, a nationally renowned fashion designer who was one of the first to make sustainable clothing, will tell you more about the best places to relax. 

β€˜Nature and art help me when I’m overstimulated. The @essenburgpark in my neighbourhood is new and still a well-kept secret. It has the feel of a jungle. @garagerotterdam combines art and nature and currently has a fascinating exhibition. On Sunday, it’s party time for Zoef at @hetvroesenpark, where they sell delicacies from a French pastry chef in the pavilion @vroesenpaviljoen.'

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Mayor Aboutaleb wins World Mayor Prize 2021 πŸ† 

The 2021 World Mayor Prize was awarded to our mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb for his commitment to treat all citizens as β€˜Rotterdammers’, irrespective of their origins and backgrounds. Without this obligation it is not possible to build a stronger, fairer city. Congratulations mayor! πŸ’ͺπŸ’š

πŸ“· @jiribuller

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Congratulations to the winner of Shoutout Monday @bukman.i ✨

To us, water is just a different type of land water πŸ’¦πŸš• When in Rotterdam, you must take the Water taxi. With 50 stops in metropolitan Rotterdam, it’s most of the time the easiest way to get from point A to point B. Besides that, you can really make a spectacular entrance πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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During the closing day of POW! WOW! Rotterdam on September 12, the most special vehicles will once again be painted by an international selection of artists! The VANS & CANS live painting exhibition and walk through event can be found at Afrikaanderplein. Definately worth a visit! 

πŸ“· @rosaquist 

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This free spirit and owner of @comedyclubhaug, guides you criss-cross through the city with a delicious laugh @dbstr

β€˜You can find Rotterdam humour at its best throughout the city in old, brown bars such as CafΓ© Timmer, @cafemeliefbender and CafΓ© De Schouw. Galerie De Aanschouw is attached to De Schouw. Here, artists give their take on the theme β€˜the meeting’: often very funny and original. Rotterdam humour is very direct and always relatable. Rotterdammers like to confront one another.'

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A beautiful new perspective on the Cube Houses πŸ’› Congratulations to the big winner of Shoutout Monday @farazsiddiqui7
For more than 25 years, the Swan has literally bridged the gulf between the southern and northern city quarters. She connects the city, making it whole. Anyone thinking of Rotterdam will picture the Erasmus Bridge in their mind’s eye. β€―πŸŒ‰πŸ¦’

That particular bridge, however, will always remain a landmark. That angled silhouette on the waterfront symbolises the new Rotterdam – today’s city and the city of the future. πŸ’š

If the bridge has achieved nothing else, it has given the residents of Rotterdam something to be proud of. Riek Bakker would go as far as to say that the city would never have become what it is now had it not been for that bridge.

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Rory (@rgstott), PR, Social Media & English Copy for international architecture and urbanisation MVRDV, will tell you more about Rotterdam's most incredible architecture icons. 

'The Wilhelminapier as a whole deserves a grand tour. The most magnificent on the pier, however, is not up for discussion; De Rotterdam (the largest building in the Netherlands! @derotterdam_) by our good friend @rem.koolhaas, who is also responsible for the extraordinary design of the @kunsthal. A little further on in Delfshaven, you will find WEST507, a monumental brick building that has been transformed into beautiful apartments @west507rotterdam. Sleek to stately, Rotterdam has got it all!'

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Never a dull moment in Rotterdam βš“οΈβ›΄ Congratulations to the big winner of Shoutout Monday @jamieamberr πŸ₯‡πŸ† Thank you for the beautiful picture!

Lorenzo (@lorenzoelstak), Social & Creative Entrepreneur, initiator of Stichting @ikbenwij, Stichting @platformkatendrecht and owner of dance entertainment company @pureamusement, tells you where you should go to try everything you simply must taste. 

'On the lively, culinary Deliplein in Katendrecht, the Deli Bird for Thai and RiceTables for Surinamese Javanese, shouldn’t be missed – oh so delicious! The owners are lovely, friendly entrepreneurs who put a lot of love into the dishes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! @delibirdthaikitchenrestaurant'

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