9. De Pijp: attracting students since 1898
Many people have found their way to the restaurant and ‘beer merchant’ De Pijp in the Gaffelstraat, a side street of the Nieuwe Binnenweg, since the end of the nineteenth century. A lot has changed since then, but the authentic atmosphere of this student-friendly place gives De Pijp its appeal. There are times when no change is beneficial: regulars know what to expect and newcomers are surprised by the original Rotterdam nostalgia and the Rotterdammers themselves. You eat ‘together’ at long tables, and there is no menu. You can choose what you want from the blackboards. Dishes like tournedos, mussels and fried liver with bacon and onions are as classic and unpretentious as the rest of the place but always good and seasonal. De Pijp is timeless and, as such, moves with the times.
10. de IJssalon: ice cream at its best
A lot of training, enterprise and experience preceded the opening of Robin Altings De IJssalon on the Meent and the winning of De Gouden IJsspatel award in 2006. It’s been extremely popular ever since. It’s not the temperature or the colour that’s important but the quality of the ingredients: good quality vanilla, well-roasted hazelnuts, fresh fruit and excellent chocolate. Besides the classic flavours, you can taste a few unique types of ice cream every season, such as fresh mint, advocaat or caipirinha. De IJssalon also has branches in the Markthal and on the West-Kruiskade.
11. Bram Ladage: Rotterdam at its crunchiest
No, Bram Ladage is not a French fry. He is a person who sold cone-shaped bags of fries at the Rotterdam market back in 1967. His father was also a professional chip fryer, but Bram went his own way. Today, there are 38 branches, and besides Zuid-Holland, you can also find the Rotterdam fries in Utrecht and Noord-Brabant. Bram no longer has to shout to attract business, everyone knows where to find him.