… becoming more and more a place to be
One of Rotterdam’s most popular streets is Nieuwe Binnenweg. This long ribbon lined in designer boutiques, organic bakeries, old-fashioned barber shops and fancy coffee bars draws you from the city centre deep into the heart of Rotterdam West, a neighbourhood known for its amiable balance between working-class and hyper-trendy. Don’t forget to foray out into the side streets to make fun discoveries! Like the Kino arthouse cinema in Gouvernestraat or Italian restaurant Lux on ‘s Gravendijkwal.
As the Merwe-Vierhaven area continues to blossom into a creative hotbed where ideas are tried and tested, West is becoming the place to be. For years, this unpolished part of town primarily featured industrial uses. Where fruit and juice companies once stood, creative enterprise is now allowed to flourish. Following in the footsteps of artist Joep van Lieshout, designer Daan Roosegaarde has now opened his ‘dream factory’ here. Things to do: have lunch at the Uit Je Eigen Stad city farm, serving foods made from products harvested from its own fields, and take a stroll through the Dakpark, a lovely strip of green overlooking the port.