©2017 by Anne-Marie Ros
The perfect tour – guide in Rotterdam, if you like a personal inside into the city and ‘go where the locals like to go’.
It’s a long time, 8 years being a proud Rotterdam author on SpottedByLocals. I have seen the city changed, since I am writing about spots I love in this fantastic place that I call home.
I wrote ‘48-hours in Rotterdam’, as my ideal route for all those lost people struggling with maps in our streets, that I’ve met and directed to all the great things to see and do in Rotterdam, well .. in my opinion. For those lacking time to browse the net, check my overview below or send me a PM to book a tour with me : exploring and experiencing Rotterdam as a local [groups up to 10 in Dutch/English]
Some of my Favorite places to go for,
Sweets: Lof der Zoetheid, Round&Round, Koekela and for the red velvet at Dudok
Coffee: Lokaal, Hopper, Hoofdkantoor, Coppi Coffee, Heilige Boontjes, Koozy
Breakfast: by Jarmusch, Bakkerswinkel, Baker & More
Snacking: Saté Man, Termasch, Kiem Foei, Pomm’s
Lunch: Spirit, Lof der Zoetheid, Buiten, Vroesenpaviljoen, Westerkaartje
If I am too lazy to cook: Kip van ‘t Spit, Sate Man, Palmboom, Deli Bird, Termasch, Gusto, Verward at Sundays
Some shopping: Plek, Margreet Olthshoorn, Collectiv. by Swan, Keet, Fleur, Saks 5th Off, Nw Binnenweg ..
Good diner: Restaurant De Jong, Yama Japanese Cuisine, Dertien Rotterdam, Matroos & Meisje, LUX
Nightlife: Witte de Withstraat, Schieblock, Bird, Kino, Rotown, Burgertrut, Raaf
Drinks: Bokaal, Eurotrash United (0% too!), Ballroom, De Schouw, Ouwe Hoer, Stirr, Aloha, Dr. Rotterdam, Kraft bar, Wester paviljoen
Market halls: iconic Markthal next to Blaak station, Fenix Food Factory at Katendrecht and Marché 010 with and for locals in the North
Gallery Crawl: Wilfried Lentz & Tale of a Tube, Brutus, Joey Ramone, Taal, Herenplaats, Printroom, Rianne Groen, Roodkapje, Cokkie Snoei, Zerp, Phoebus, De Aanschouw, TENT., v/h Witte de With, showroom Mama, Vivid, Wall gallery, Bob Smit, GROOS, Upominke, & Garage Rotterdam.
Art wanders: Museum District, Kunstblock, cultural axes, Gnomb Puttplug, The Giant of Rotterdam, International Sculpture Collection, ArtIndexRotterdam, Love Lock Bridge, ChewingGumArtTrail at Nw Binnenweg, Make It Happen interactive streetart, Rewriters streetart tour, …
Outdoor relaxing: Kralingseplas, around river Maas, The Park, Dobberend Bos, Levetrappen, Museum Park, Waterplein, Skatepark 2.0, Zuiderpark
Walk through: Central Station, Timmerhuis, De Rotterdam, Entrepotgebouw, De Maastunnel, Groothandelsgebouw, Koopgoot
Trip on memory lane : Museum Rotterdam, Maritiem Museum, Radio Museum
Get Lost: Piekstraat area, Wielewaal, Waalhaven, Heiplaat, Quarantaine beach, Nesselande, Kiefhoek, DWL, Hoek van Holland, Beverwaard, …
AD-test Best Rotterdam Restaurant in 2017: Vroesenpaviljoen – best flammkuchen, Best Rotterdam Terrace in 2017: Okay in Entrepotharbor – well it’s in a great surrounding and sun until it sets
My habitat: Central District around central station | Laurens District with Markthal and Erasmus heritage | Museum District for great museums and Collection Building construction site | Hoog District with new hotspot Industriegebouw | WittedeWith District for art, shopping and nightlife | Shipping District for The Park and Veerhaven | The North for Luchtsingel, Hofplein Station and Hofbogen, Zwaanshalsarea | Around Schieblock | The East for Kralingseplas and Lusthofstraat | The South for Kop van Zuid, Katendrecht and with Veerpont Zuid to Charlois for art, RDM, Zuiderpark and Maastunnel. Nw Binnenweg cause it has it all:)
We have no historical heart, it was bombed away. We are rebuilding the city, what makes it exciting to live Rotterdam. We love the old and the new, but wish the rough edges are treasured a little better as we’re wiping the life out of it. World famous university, harbor and events International Film Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival .. . Hiphop and Dance scene. Great and little shops, restaurants and bars. To many to choose from. Typical for the people here is that we make things happen, so leave your ego at home. All you need to know is where to go, all the great is spread across town.
Exploring the unexpected
Fire Boundary Walks a coined periphery of the city bombardment – marked with special lights in the ground. Route A – West gives an interesting mix of historical and post-war architecture. Ask for the free map at Rotterdam Info – Coolsingel 114! Check the Rotterdam Experience in the basement, get yourself a picture and you’re ready to get lost.
The vibe of a city accommodating more than 174 nationalities is best to be met at the Afrikaandermarket or West Kruiskade, starting in China Town with Amazing Oriental (in old Nighttown), Wah Nam Hong, Slagerij Schell, Me Gorgeous, Suri Change. Breakfast at Nixy & Lexy (34B). Meet the Giant of Rotterdam and don’t miss the side streets with gem’s like Cinnnamon, Sugar Coated, Kampong Express ..
You could head all the way up to Mathenesserplein and continue your journey Discovering the West. Tour UNESCO heritage Van Nelle Fabriek or go during Art Rotterdam or Swan Design Market, Justus van Effenblock with Wilfred Lentz and Tale of a Tub galleries located in the heart of this complex. Madein4Haven, where a fair gentrification process is slowly changing this old harbor area squeezed between Vierhavenstraat with Dakpark [watertaxistop Keilehaven #81], Marconistraat with Fruitvis & Uit je Eigen Stad and river Maas [watertaxi stop Europoint #87]. World famous designers Richard Hutten, Daan Roosegaarde and artist Joep van Lieshout have studios in this area. Worth visiting BRUTUS, the new exhibition space of AVL Mundo at Keileweg 12-14 [Thu – Sun 13hrs-17hrs]. In Coolhaven – tea or coffee at Evermore and De Machinist.
Great architecture around Weena, Maritime District and Kop van Zuid, a valhalla for architecture lovers and more to explore Wilhelminapier, Dobberend Bos, Photomuseum, Nhow, Lantaren Venster, Rijnhavenbrug also interesting Piet Oudolf, Loods 24, Poortgebouw, Peperclip, Rotterdamse Munt. Head to Katendrecht for Fenix Food Factory, Fenix House, Pinball Museum, around Deliplein : Ouwe Hoer, Matroos & Meisje, Du Bac, Kopi Soesoe, Verhalenhuis (always a warm welcome to Kaapse history and stories) and watch a sunset at SS Rotterdam deck.
NEW! thanks to locals – a shortcut from SS Rotterdam to head of Charlois with free ferryboat [Mon – Fri 7:00 – 10:00 and 14:30 – 18:30 pedestrians and bikes only].
You got to love CS-area and Central Station with cosy Huiskamer that we all use to meet or wait. Architect Huig Maaskant’s post-war architecture Groot Handelsgebouw with hip rooftopped Suicide Club & cool Altijd in de Buurt. Nice contrast with the modern and post-war architecture is taking the North exit of Central Station to Proveniersstraat. It leads to a beautiful canal, great coffee and good food. Also shortcut to second part of Hofbogen and into North.
The newest hotspot in Hoogkwartier is in and around Maaskant’s Industriegebouw – GROOS for high-end Rotterdam Art, Design and Products, by Jarmusch all day breakfast diner, Old Scula and Alfredo’s. All with beautiful interiors. Their common court yard allows you to peek into MVRDV’s office. Favorites, Verward, Round&Round, Garage Rotterdam …
Relaxing at Kralingseplas, in Vroesenpark – AD’s Gouden Pollepel 2017 price winner Vroesenpaviljoen and The Park – Parqiet, at Trompenburg, day dream at Aloha, follow the river and walk the bridges, enjoy Piet Oudolfs gardens between Leuvehoofd to Westerkade, floating Leuvetrappen – a perfect down town picnic spot or for dipping your toes in the river Maas.
Chill at Biergarten / Annabel & BAR. Walk the Luchtsingel to Hofplein Station and Hofbogen. Explore the North by following the Hofbogen with Bird, Eurotrash United, new small market hall Marché 010, Hoofdkantoor and Coppi Coffee & Bicycles. Scrap XL. Vegan Gare du Nord. New development at Noordsingel Tuin van Noord, shopping in North at Zwaanshals, Zaagmolenkade and Noordboulevard. Perfect lunch and sweets at Lof der Zoetheid.
Shopping in West at Nieuwe Binnenweg: Plek, Voorlopig, Zigt .. Perfect bag by Susan Bijl at Westersingel. At Witte de Withstraat Collectiv. by Swan, Margreet Olthshoorn, Sluijter & Meijer and with X-mas at Dirckx. Aert van Nestraat & Oldenbarneveldstraat & Oude Binnenweg. Downtown shopping Lijnbaan, but I limit myself to Donner & Bijenkorf through the Koopgoot to Hudson Bay and Hema. Might continue my route to Meent-area Hay & Keet or continue on Hoogstraat heading to Laurens District for Pannekoekstraat, Botersloot en Nieuwemarkt for the hip and happening and Hoog District for GROOS and all the way down at Hoogstraat to Charlotte Wooning.
Follow the art International Sculpture Collection, ArtIndexRotterdam & Kunstblock, Rotte-Dam, Rewriters Streetartroute, Interactive Streetart, De Aanschouw, TENT., Boymans van Beuningen, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Kunsthal Rotterdam. Take a stroll along Westersingel though Museumpark and crash at Parqiet in The Park.
Enjoy Rotterdam!, feel free to let me know what you think of my shares.
If you like a personal inside tour and ‘go there where the locals like to go’, just book a private How to be a Rotterdammert™ tour – highlights in 2 or 4 hours. Great for expats, if you want to see your city through my eyes, impress your guests or just if you have to little time to find your own way. As said, all the great is spread across town, so having me as your guide is not only a smart but also fun move.
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