What are the best food hotspots in Rotterdam? We have listed the 15 best food hotspots in Rotterdam for you! From Afghan cuisine and market halls to a vegetarian paradise or the largest roof garden, Rotterdam has it all. The selection of nice restaurants and small eateries in Rotterdam is huge and actually spending one day in the city is not enough. The food hotspots below are certainly worth a visit.
Looking for more Rotterdam inspiration? Read our Rotterdam bucket list.
Madam Chen, karaoke and Asian street food bites
We love this place! At Madam Chen you can sing karaoke, order Asian street food bites and try all kinds of tasty cocktails. There are various rooms that can be rented with your friends for a night full of karaoke, food and drinks! They also have a terrace.
3011 MD Rotterdam
Weelde, a beautiful city farm
On the outskirts of Rotterdam, you can find a beautiful city farm; Weelde. Here you can find a lunchroom for breakfast and lunch, a restaurant, a bar, a lush garden, an urban beach, a big shed and a huge greenhouse. From October to March, you can visit Weelde for the ‘Weelde Tongen’ (culinary months). Every month a different chef is invited to show his food skills.
3029 AG Rotterdam
Vessel 11, home-brewed beer on a red ship
Vessel 11 is a British gastro-pub located on a refurbished red boat, fully equipped with a deck that overlooks the water. They have an assortment of traditional British beers, great choices in meals, and delicious desserts. Make sure to enjoy a home-brewed beer and the stunning view!
Tip: Vessel11 is also a good choice on a rainy day. In the back of the boat you are dry because of the roofed area!
3011 WN Rotterdam
Poing, arcade hall where your can enjoy the Asian kitchen
POING is an arcade hall where you can enjoy something tasty from the Asian kitchen and at the same time play at the classic pinball machine, karaoke, and other kinds of fun games. It’s a great hotspot where you can catch up with friends and have a fun time together.
3013 BR Rotterdam
Fontein Rooftop, dinner with a beautiful 360-degree view
Here you can relax and eat something on the lovely terrace or at the rooftop bar. From the Fontein Rooftop on the tenth floor you have a beautiful 360-degree view of the Hofplein and many iconic Rotterdam buildings. Here you can enjoy the view with a drink and in the indoor restaurant you can dine extensively.
3032 AC Rotterdam
Hotel New York, fresh fish to choose from
Hotel New York’s restaurant is open from early morning until late at night and you can go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re a fan of fish or seafood, you can really indulge in this restaurant. If you order fish or seafood, you can choose your fish at the fish bar. Awesome! Don’t forget to enjoy the view! Oh, that’s true, you can also stay the night at this place.
Tip: across the water from Hotel New York, you can find Fenix Food Factory, a food hall located in an old port warehouse. Several local entrepreneurs are located in this ‘food factory’ where you can buy all kinds of food, local brewed-beer, or coffee. The Fenix Food Factory is easily accessible by a pedestrian bridge and has a huge outside terrace.
3072 AD Rotterdam
Restaurant KITE, Afghan food pleasure
If you’re looking for an authentic and trendy restaurant, with amazing cocktails, and good food, then Restaurant KITE is the place for you. Normally, I don’t eat Afghan food often, but during my time in Rotterdam I wanted to try something new. I was intrigued about trying Afghan food and it did not disappoint. Restaurant KITE offers delicious meals like samosa’s curries, ‘kofta’, and ‘banjan’, all with white and brown rice. The cocktails are also worth a try!
3012 KM Rotterdam
The Social Club in Rotterdam’s old harbor
The Social Club is located in Rotterdam’s old harbor, next to the famous cubic houses. From the terrace you have a beautiful view of the old harbor and the first old-time skyscraper of Europe, the White House! So what to eat? The menu of The Social Club is dominated by fish, if you’re a sucker for lobster, crab and gamba’s then you’re totally going to love this place.
Market Hall, something for everyone
Of course The Market Hall should be part of this Rotterdam food hotspots list. At the Market Hall you really will find something for everyone. From fresh fish to Surinamese dishes and from vegetarian burgers to bubble tea. The locals get their daily groceries, like nuts and fresh fruits, at the market stands. The younger crowd sits down for dinner at one of the stands.
Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298
3011 GZ Rotterdam
Foodhallen Rotterdam, hidden indoor food market
You probably know the market hall, but did you know that Rotterdam also has the Foodhallen at Kop van Zuid? In this indoor food market you can find 15 stands and 3 different bars offering a diverse range of delicious food and drinks. The terraces and seating areas are not separated from each other, so everyone can get something from a different stand and still eat together.
3072 AR Rotterdam
Mooie Boules, food hall and jeu de boules
Mooie Boules is a very unique hotspot, as it’s the first food hall in Rotterdam where you can play jeu de boules (lawn bowling). Local restaurants serve signature dishes and the bar serves a wide range of wine, special- and local beers. You can find Mooie Boules in an old metal factory in the emerging ZOHO area.
3032 SB Rotterdam
Roffa Street Food, the best smoked BBQ meat
If you’re a meat lover, you should definitely visit Roffa Street Food. This place does meat very very well. They’ve got an epic smoker, some serious bbq skills, and offer delicious bbq-specialities such as brisket, chicken wings, pork belly and smoked sausage. There are vegetarian options too.
3016 AE Rotterdam
Bertmans, hip and healthy hotspot in Rotterdam
Bertmans has two properties in Rotterdam and is well known for the vegetarian, healthy and organic food they offer. They boast an awesome selection of healthy dishes and make them look good too, plenty of choice! So if you’re searching for a hip and healthy hotspot in Rotterdam; Bertmans is a solid choice!
Tip: try the veggie spelt toast with red beet-hazelnut spread, avocado and roasted vegetables, the mashed avocado sandwich with poached eggs or the vegan buckwheat pancakes with either banana and blueberries or apple and cinnamon.
Karel Doormanstraat 292
3012 GP Rotterdam
Rozey, unlimited vegetarian and vegan dishes
If you´re vegetarian or vegan, Rozey is the place to be when visiting Rotterdam! Here you can eat unlimited vegetarian and vegan dishes, including drinks.
3011 WK Rotterdam
Biergarten, one of the favourite food hotspots in Rotterdam
Our list of favourite food hotspots in Rotterdam would not be complete without this famous spot. Biergarten is a cozy bar where you can enjoy a wide range of beers, good bites, and also other drinks. It’s located in a street where you can find more bars, restaurants, and clubs, so if you want to continue in the evening, this is a great place to go.
3013 BR Rotterdam
Other great places to eat in Rotterdam are the Vegan Junkfood Bar (100% plant-based snacks), De Maaskantine (great terrace on the waterside) or at the restaurant of the Euro Mast (great view!).
Do you know any other great places to eat in Rotterdam? Hotspots that opened up? Trendy places in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments!
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