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48 hours Culinary Rotterdam

48 hours Culinary Rotterdam

From street food to haute cuisine, in Rotterdam you won’t go hungry. It’s difficult to taste everything in 48 hours, but we’ll give you a good impression in your two days in Rotterdam.

Street food, star restaurants, toko’s (small Asian food stores), fresh food markets and the best bakers… Rotterdam has it all! (And all of this under one roof at the Markthal.)

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Day 1



There’s no better place to explore culinary Rotterdam then at the Markthal. Discover the many shops and fresh food stores. Taste the cured sausage at Monsieur Saucisson, an interesting croquette at Het Kroket Loket or a heavenly coconut ball at Madame Cocos. Don’t forget a take-away tea from the YoYo Fresh Tea Bar. If you’re in Rotterdam on Tuesday or Friday you can stroll through the (almost) biggest market in the Netherlands on the Binnenrotte.


Walk to the Laurenskerk via the Hoogstraat. Climb the church tower for a gorgeous view of Rotterdam’s city centre.


A little shopping isn’t a bad thing. On the Meent you will find shops like the Danish design store HAY and the concept store KEET. KEET also offers coffee and tea, home-made smoothies and a special selection of French tartelettes.


Wander via the Coolsingel and the Hofplein to the Luchtsingel, a 390-metre-long pedestrian bridge designed by architects ZUS. Cross the bridge to Hofplein Station for more shops and cafés.


Settle down in the comfy lounge chairs in the Garden of BIRD’s city garden. The favourite tunes of BIRD’s DJ’s add to the ultimate garden experience. Or walk a little further to MONO or the Eurotrash Brewery.


Take tram line 4 towards Rotterdam Central Station and hop off at Eendrachtsplein.


On the Witte de Withstraat you’ll find Hotel and Restaurant Bazar. The colourful tables, striking lamps and cheerful music are reminiscent of a busy market from a faraway holiday destination. Bring on the tasty food! If you want to splash out, then book a table at one of the star restaurants: Joelia, FG Food Labs and Amarone all have one Michelin star. Parkheuvel, Fred and FG Restaurant have two Michelin stars!


Time to freshen up and then off for a night on the town? Wine enthusiasts should head to Het Eigendom or Wunderbar and those who prefer beer should go to De Witte Aap or Proeflokaal Reijngoud. The student bars Rotown and Stalles are just around the corner. If you want to run into local artists and writers then De Schouw is the place for you. A brown café that gets crowded on a good night. Finish off your evening at the avant-garde WORM.

Day 2



You probably didn’t get much sleep but there’s a whole city waiting! Start with breakfast and good coffee at Hopper on the Schiedamse Vest. Hopper has coffee with a choice of six to ten different kinds of beans and five different brewing options.


Take the metro towards Marconiplein metro station and walk to Uit je Eigen Stad.


Uit je Eigen Stad is a city farm, here you can taste their food, and see how it’s produced.


Catch the metro to Delfshaven metro station and walk to the Historical Delfshaven.


Take your time to explore the Historical Delfshaven. The harbour is a beautiful piece of the old city that was spared during the 1940 bombing of Rotterdam.


Artisan Pelgrim beer is brewed in the city brewery De Pelgrim, definitely worth tasting!


Take tram 4 to the Euromast.


Enjoy the view from up high at the observation platform and brasserie at the Euromast at 100 metres. The Euroscope takes you up even higher, to 185 metres.


Hop on the Watertaxi to Hotel New York.


Cross the Rijnhavenbrug to the Fenix Food Factory, an artisan market in Katendrecht. Do yourself a favour and order a cheese board from Booij Kaasmakers and sample one of the fine brews from the Kaapse Brouwers.


The Deliplein square in Katendrecht is a gastronomic paradise. You can choose from a variety of culinary options from lobster at Vislokaal Kaap to Thai at Deli Bird and from French classics at Bistro du Bac to top-of-the-bill steak at CEO Baas van het Vlees, from star chef Mario de Ridder.


If you’re spending another night at Hotel Bazar then grab an ice cream from De Ijssalon on the Witte de Withstraat. Sweet dreams!

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