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.

  • Alfredo’s Taqueria

    Goudsesingel 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 Soup

    Keizerstraat 52, 3011 GH

    It’s not fancy, but locals love this place. Follow their lead and order the black tonkotsu.

  • Fenix Food Factory

    Veerlaan 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 Brewers

    Glashaven 107, 3011 XG

    Score a table overlooking the water, and linger over brunch: grilled peach with granola, say, or hazelnut-crumbed mushrooms on toast.

  • Zeezout

    Westerkade 11, 3016 CL

    This classic address puts its own spin on local seafood, with dishes such as turbot paella.

  • Héroine

    Kipstraat 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 Labs

    Katshoek 41, 3032 AE

    Expect bold, playful flavours and ideas at this Michelin-starred eaterie, set in an old railway arch.

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Image credits: © Zeezout; © Zeezout; © Alfredo’s Taqueria; © Masaaki Komori; © Stuart Milne; © Harvest Coffee Brewers; © Zeezout; © Stuart Milne; © Stuart Milne