A foodie’s guide to Rotterdam
Foodies, here’s a secret: Rotterdam is making a name for itself as a culinary port of excellence. Lured by a certain brand of Dutch cool and a laid-back lifestyle, creatives have been flocking here from around the world. Innovative eateries are now as entrenched in the urban landscape as the city’s award-winning architecture and vibrant art scene. Be warned: most restaurants are closed in typical Dutch fashion on Sundays and Mondays. From Michelin-starred feasts to no-frills ramen joints, here’s our pick of the most tempting restaurants in Rotterdam.
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Alfredo’s TaqueriaGoudsesingel 204, 3011 KD
Head here for tacos, creamy frijoles and burritos, or swing by the cobalt-blue bar for a margarita or two.
Hinoki Noodle SoupKeizerstraat 52, 3011 GH
It’s not fancy, but locals love this place. Follow their lead and order the black tonkotsu.
Fenix Food FactoryVeerlaan 19D, 3072 AN
Set in old warehouses on the cool Katendrecht peninsula, this lo-fi market is a must-try. Sample waffles, craft beer and cider, or share a cheese platter.
Harvest Coffee BrewersGlashaven 107, 3011 XG
Score a table overlooking the water, and linger over brunch: grilled peach with granola, say, or hazelnut-crumbed mushrooms on toast.
ZeezoutWesterkade 11, 3016 CL
This classic address puts its own spin on local seafood, with dishes such as turbot paella.
HéroineKipstraat 12, 3011 RT
This stylish address serves up inventive, ever-changing tasting menus: think pumpkin with leche de tigre, or sole with shio koji, fish roe and smoked soy.
FG Food LabsKatshoek 41, 3032 AE
Expect bold, playful flavours and ideas at this Michelin-starred eaterie, set in an old railway arch.
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