If you know a local in any of your travel destinations, you know how different your experiences in that place can be. Many of us would rather avoid the tourist hot spots while on the road, but it can be tricky to find those ‘local secrets’. Some of the staff at the Hostel Room in Rotterdam have shared their fav places to eat, drink, and chill so you can get the insider experience!
Top Staff Picks
- Witte de With Straat is the best street to eat, drink, and explore the nightlife
- Fenix Food Factory, great food and with fantastic views & chill atmosphere
- Aloha Bar is also a fav with great food, a tropical vibe, and amazing views of Rotterdam.
- Hotel New York is a Rotterdam famous hotel and restaurant
Our lovely team member Angela is from Westland and has been in Rotterdam for 5 years after spending some time in Breda. She’s now a Rotterdam local and here are her insider tips:
- Unusual Place to Grab a Drink is the brewery Pelgrim
- Best Place to Grab a Drink are the bars on Witte de With Straat (Bokaal or Shiebroek)
- Cool Café Experiences are Bar Labru and Vessel 1 (it’s on a boat!)
- Best Place to Dine Alfresco is Vroesen Paviljoen (check out the blueberry pancakes!)
- Coolest Place to Party is Bar
Where to Eat Typical Dutch Food in Rotterdam
Solveiga is a dynamic team member from Latvia and has been living in Rotterdam for 6 years. She’s crazy about Kapsalon and says it’s the one thing you really have to try here. She suggests Jaffa on Witte de With Straat (personal fav is the falafel) for the best Kapsalon.
On the other hand, Dutch team member Melanie is Dutch says it’s all about the Kibbeling! She’s pretty sure it’s the best fried fish you’ll ever eat. Monique is a Rotterdam native and agrees that Kibbeling is something you must try! They say the best Kibbeling is definitely at the Rotterdam Market on Binnerotte (open Tues & Sat).
Monique has also shared her best kept secret lunch spot in Rotterdam with you! Get the local experience and check out the outside waterfront spot at Veerhaven.
Where To Chill Out
Room Team member Pablo is from Spain and has been living in Rotterdam for 4 years. He’s done the ‘tough’ job of finding the best places in Rotterdam to chill out and rounded them up for you! He says the best place in the summer is one of the many beer gardens or Het Park. But a cool secret summer place is the Deliplein.
Melanie loves to sit next to the water under the Erasmus bridge. It’s an iconic spot, so it’s not so secret, but it offers a great view!
For Festivals & Events
Monique is our local expert on the festivals and parties. Rotterdam has a reputation for good festivals like the Summer Carnival Parade, King’s Day, and Metropolis, but she’s got some other hot tips. She recommends trying the festivals that take place at cool venues Revolt and Annabel.
Her personal fav is the North Sea Jazz Around Town and North Sea Jazz at Ahoy. It’s a world famous jazz festival which takes place over 3 days on the second weekend in July. Book early because it’s a very popular time in the city with music lovers!
Pablo recommends several of the free music festivals in the city in the summer, such as the Bluegrass Festival.
Melanie likes the Liberation Day Festival at the Euro Mast on May 5th – not to miss if you’re in Rotterdam at the same time!
And as Monique tells us – don’t leave Rotterdam until you’ve experienced the view of the River Maas from a water taxi. It’s affordable and a ‘must do’ experience!
We hope you enjoyed our insider tips for Rotterdam, and we’re looking forward to hosting you!