The Provenierswijk is ideal for commuters who work outside Rotterdam. It’s just a few minutes’ drive to the motorway, and even less time to reach the monumental new station at Rotterdam Central. The area is dominated by historic buildings that are subdivided into apartments. Proveniersstraat, right behind the station, is increasingly becoming a dining district, with wine bars, tapas restaurants and lunchrooms.
Looking for space, peace and quiet, and green areas, but prefer to stay as close to the city centre as possible? The atmosphere in Blijdorp and Bergpolder is pleasant, almost like a village. Most of the houses around Rotterdam Zoo and the Vroesenpark were built before the war and are ideally suited to family living. Bergpolder mainly has relatively low blocks of apartments that were built in the 1930s and ’40s. Right beside it, the very child-friendly Liskwartier features elegant lanes and tree-lined canals.
Across Schieweg, three smaller neighbourhoods are on the upswing: the Agniesebuurt, the Zomerhofkwartier (currently known as the ‘ZoHo’ of Rotterdam) and the Oude Noorden along the Rotte River. All three were originally working-class neighbourhoods, as authentically local as it gets; these areas have become popular recently since their discovery by artists and other creative professionals. And no wonder: they boast charming homes for very affordable prices, and some of the cutest restaurants, coffee bars and design stores in the city just around the corner.
What does Rotterdam Noord have that other parts of Rotterdam do not?
• The Vroesenpark: a great place for a picnic, barbecue or friendly football match in summer.
• Hofplein Station: the rail bridge over the former Hofplein Station now shelters unique little shops, including vintage clothing and furniture, coffee bars, restaurants, and Bird jazz club.
• Zwaanshals and Zaagmolenkade: two streets filled with design shops and delis.
• Blijdorp Rotterdam Zoo: one of the oldest and loveliest zoos in the Netherlands.