Once Rotterdam’s Chinatown, attracting homesick sailors and lusty whores in equal measure, Katendrecht is now home to the hip and happening – and a dream destination for foodies! Over the past few years, this peninsula has become one of the liveliest parts of town without losing its rougher edges.
Deliplein, a charming city square, is lined in cosy restaurants, lunchrooms and cafés, many of which have outdoor seating areas. Fresh lobster at Vislokaal Kaap? Classic French cuisine at Bistrot du Bac? Pizza at Bleij? Or a tangy, spicy Thai curry at Delibird?
One of the old Fenixloodsen quayside warehouse now accommodates the Fenix Food Factory, an indoor market for fresh foods where you can shop for authentic and traditional products: from bread straight out of the oven to homemade sausage and homebrewed cider. The sidewalk café on the waterfront offers an enchanting view of the sunset over the Maas River, and the Kaapse Brouwers brew a fantastic array of beers. The food trucks that park there, a different one every week, serve fresh, tasty food for a very affordable price.
The island’s pride and joy is the Steamship Rotterdam , the cruise ship that sailed back and forth between Rotterdam and Manhattan in the 1960s and is now permanently moored at the tip of the Katendrecht peninsula.