10 original takeaways in Rotterdam
22 February 2021
In a crisis, you recognise the creative entrepreneur, and Rotterdam certainly has plenty! Our city is blessed with cuisines from many different countries, styles and stars. The businesses themselves may be closed, but the entrepreneurs behind them continue to work. They’re helping us – Rotterdam locals, visitors, enthusiasts – through this tedious time, by satisfying our literal and figurative hunger for good taste. The next time you’re out for a walk in Rotterdam, take a detour past these original takeaway addresses!
1. The oysters at Hotel New York
Takeaway oysters, why not? The restaurant at Hotel New York – known for its ‘Sunday’ platters full of seafood – offers delicious dishes to order. Including an oyster package containing six Normandy oysters, an oyster knife and a Hotel New York tea towel. If you want to surprise your loved one but have never opened an oyster, there’s an instructional video to help you out. If you prefer the ‘hotel restaurant experience’, then order the Tafel vol Hotel New York spread!
2. From apple fritters to shrimp croquettes at De Kaaps’ Snackloket
De Kaap Snackloket opens its doors on the Deliplein in Katendrecht every Saturday and Sunday. They make everything with love. The menu changes to cater for special occasions, holidays and seasons. Choose an apple fritter one weekend and the shrimp croquette the next. The friendliness is a constant factor!
3. American pancakes from By Jarmusch’s drive-thru
Fortunately, there’s no need to settle for less in these unusual times. In keeping with the concept of the American-style diner, By Jarmusch in Het Industriegebouw opened a drive-thru. Try the signature dish: American pancakes (perhaps the one with blueberries, maple syrup and butter?), or the grilled cheese, omelette or acai bowl. Order via WhatsApp and head to the Hoogkwartier! You can also enter the drive-thru by bike, scooter or on foot. Open Friday to Sunday from 09:00 to 14:00.
4. Park vibes and a cup of coffee from Parqiet
The Park at the Euromast has always been a haven for young and old Rotterdammers, but now this spot is more popular than ever. Parqiet – a restaurant located in the old, charming coach house – is open daily for takeaways. Combine your fresh air with a shot of caffeine and/or something sweet! We recommend Jordy’s famous sausage roll on a (hungover) Sunday morning or a hot chocolate with whipped cream and rum! Or… well, you get the idea, there’s plenty to choose from!
5. Williams Canteen canned cocktails
Williams Canteen opened its doors on the William Boothlaan, at right angles to Witte de Withstraat, at the end of 2019. The doors had to close soon after, but that didn’t stop them from impressing Gouden Pollepel reviewer Lot Piscaer from the AD newspaper. The canned cocktails she writes about are also available for takeaway! If you buy 4 canned cocktails, you get a 5th + a bag of ice cubes free. Bring back some of the former allure to your Friday afternoon drinks!
6. Fresh baked goods, kebabs and champagne from Lux
Lux‘s restaurant closed its doors, but the new bakery that opened was an instant success! The bakery is open from Thursday to Sunday and has a limited, but delicious and ever-changing stock. They make bread and also sauces, sausages, pork belly and cheeses as enthusiastically as their customers buy them. Order and pay online and pick up your Lux(ury) baked goods at the ‘s-Gravendijkwal. Tip: every Sunday between 15:00 and 18:00 you can get a lamb-kebab sandwich with smoked eggplant, black garlic, Turkish peppers, coleslaw and sauce, and a glass of champagne to wash it down.
7. Canned speciality beer from Kaapse Maria
Kaapse Maria is the home of the Kaapse Brouwers on the Mauritsweg. Although you cannot taste freshly brewed beer here, you can pick it up. Try the Kaapse Kwartet, a selection of four canned speciality beers from their brewery. The brewers have kept busy during the closure and developed the Kaapse Mark, named after Prime Minister Mark Rutte. It is a bitter beer, just as the closure of the catering industry is a bitter pill to swallow. For those that miss the pub, a live online Kaapse tasting introduces you to ‘The best Rotterdam beer in the world’.
8. Containerbar churros
Since the summer of 2020, Containerbar fills a literal and figurative gap in the market of the Oude Noorden, in this case on the Noordplein. The doors open every weekend for takeaway wine, beer, coffee to go and the tastiest weekend snacks. They sell hot dogs and Spanish churros: fried dough with cinnamon sugar or Nutella. Containerbar works closely with entrepreneurs from the neighbourhood: for the churros recipe, all credits go to the ‘neighbours’ at restaurant Destino, located on the Zaagmolenkade.
9. Takeaway afternoon tea from Lof der Zoetheid
Lof der Zoetheid had only just finished renewing the interior when they had to close again. But like the wonderfully kitsch dog figurines that adorn the tables, mother and daughter Anastasia and Elena de Ruyter are also loyal to their guests. They continue to bake and invent and sell their sweet and savoury goods at their Takeaway counter. Why not order an afternoon tea for two, with all kinds of goodies, including the tea? You can order by email or – even easier – via WhatsApp.
10. Babka bread and pitas from Mecca
Taste the delicious bakba bread and pitas from the Middle Eastern-inspired menu at Mecca in the Oude Noorden. They also serve good coffee to go, homemade lemonade, natural wine and hot chocolate! At the takeaway counter (open Mon-Sat), everything sells like hot babka cakes, so start your pilgrimage to Mecca!