Bars, lunchrooms and chic restaurants
If you’re looking for dinner on the town, Rotterdam offers an array of different culinary destinations, each with its own unique atmosphere. Over the past few years, the Katendrecht peninsula has become a gastronomic paradise. Deliplein is a charming square lined in eateries offering delicious food. Fresh lobster at Vislokaal Kaap? Classic French cuisine at Bistrot du Bac? Pizza at Bleij? Or a table in the authentic dining room of the ss Rotterdam cruise ship?
Oude noorden and the city centre
The Oude Noorden also has lots of nice little restaurants, often tucked away in narrow, winding streets, former train stations, or village-style local squares. Why not check out FG Food Lab, run by François Geurds, a master chef who has earned two Michelin stars? Or local French restaurant Tosca? Or Lof der Zoetheid, where a mother-daughter team serves the best pastries and tarts in town? If you’re up for an adventure and not shy about exploring unknown cuisines, head over to West-Kruiskade. Chinese takeaways, Moroccan eateries and Surinamese snackbars line the road, offering tasty exotic treats that will surprise and delight the most discerning of tastebuds!
The city centre has some great places to eat too. Interesting restaurants can be found in the Scheepvaartkwartier, the Laurenskwartier, along Nieuwe Binnenweg and on and around Witte de Withstraat. Discover the delicate nuances of Japanese cuisine at Yama, enjoy Italian delicacies at Oliva, or opt for a ‘ballsy’ dish at Ballroom, which also happens to serve 52 different types of gin.
Tickle those tastebuds
Rotterdam quite literally caters to a diverse range of preferences. The arrival of the Markthal (100 market stands, 15 food-themed shops and 8 restaurants under a single roof!) and the Fenix Food Factory (a small-scale, artisanal fresh food market on Katendrecht) enriches Rotterdam with two exceptional food hotspots. It’s all about experiencing food here. Seeing, smelling, sampling and of course