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Best Places To Eat In Rotterdam: Restaurants Foodies Will Love

Christopher
Updated Aug 14, 2018

As the primary port city in the Netherland’s, Rotterdam has developed a particularly worldly flair while retaining its hearty homegrown identity. This also rings true when it comes to its culinary scene. Food lovers will find that the city simply brims over with restaurants and bistros that provide dishes as potent as their environs. With that, here are eight dining establishments that will definitely match the zest of Rotterdam.

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1. S.S. Rotterdam

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For some, the idea of dining aboard an ocean liner that is permanently docked may not be the first option that comes to mind. But when it comes to the S.S. Rotterdam, it’s not even a second thought. The luxury liner was once the crown jewel of the Holland America Cruise line, built in the city it takes its name from. It sailed the high seas until the year 2000 when it was seemingly abandoned in the Bahamas. But an intervention from an organization brought the Rotterdam back to its home city, and in the years since, it has been fully renovated. To that end, there are five different restaurants to choose from, on board, which include the stately Club Room and the casual but spacious Lido Restaurant.

S.S. Rotterdam

Address: 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours: 8am - 10pm daily.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 29 minutes via transit from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 10 297 3090

Website: S.S. Rotterdam

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2. Pelgrim


Pelgrim is a brewery that is well known to the natives of Rotterdam, and adding to that reputation is a quality restaurant housed in the same building. And what a building it is – stepping inside will give visitors a feeling of stepping back in time, especially when it comes to the spacious outside courtyard. Located in the Delfshaven area, right on the waterfront, Pelgrim offers patrons French-influenced cuisine, such as mustard soup and cheese fondue to pair with any of their five beers on tap. If you’re traveling with company, make sure to call ahead to see about dining in the courtyard, to add extra charm to your outing.

Pelgrim

Address: Aelbrechtskolk 12, 3024 RE Rotterdam, Netherlands

Price: from 7.50 USD

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12pm - 12am. Sunday 12pm - 10pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 10 minutes via taxi from Rotterdam Centraal Station

Contact: + 31 10 477 1189

Website: Pelgrim (in Dutch)

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3. Bazar

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There are quite a few cultures represented in Rotterdam, and one that has maintained a steady presence has been the Middle East. This is fully embodied in Bazar. Bazar is the chief restaurant in the hotel of the same name which is ensconced in the centre of the city. The décor seems plucked from a bistro in Casablanca, with weathered but brightly colored tables and dazzling lanterns with painted glass hanging from the ceiling. The menu is strictly Mediterranean with savory couscous and meaty kebabs. There’s also vegetarian dishes available and the place attracts a sizeable brunch crowd.

Bazar

Address: Witte de Withstraat 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam, Netherlands

Price: from 11 USD

Opening Hours: 8am - 1am Monday - Thursday. 8am - 2am Friday & Saturday. 9am - 12am Sunday.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 9 minutes via taxi from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 10 206 5151

Website: Bazar

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4. Fenix Food Factory



Food courts are always a crowd-pleaser, and it definitely goes for those living in and visiting Rotterdam. This is exemplified in the Fenix Food Factory. Opened over two years ago, the food court is set up in a former warehouse called the Fenixloods, which is located right in the heart of the city, on the Katendrecht peninsula. Inside, the vendors are spread over a quadrangle, with ample seating in the center. Those visiting can choose from vendors such as cheese from Booji Kaasmakers, scintillating entrees from well-known area chefs at the Kaapse Kitchen and rolls and pastries from Jordy’s Bakery. Follow it up with some beer from Kaapse Brouwers or some cider. You may even get to observe some live entertainment while you’re there, as musicians and other performers put on shows on certain days.

Fenix Food Factory

Address: Veerlaan 19D, 3072 AN Rotterdam, Netherlands

Price: from 6 USD

Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm Tuesday - Friday. Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday 12pm- 6pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 18 minutes via transit from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 64 613 6799

Website: Fenix Food Factory

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5. Parkhuevel

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An elegant dining experience is what compels people to go to Parkhuevel and with good reason. Since it first opened its doors in 1986, Parkhuevel has become tops among restaurants not only in Rotterdam but nationwide. This is bolstered by the fact that it was the first in the nation to be awarded three coveted Michelin stars – part of a run that has seen the restaurant attain at least one star from 1990 to the present day. Parkhuevel is perched near the waterfront, giving patrons a picturesque view of Rotterdam Harbor. The interior is opulent and done up in an Art Deco manner. The menu is robust, with the option to have up to eight courses, in one meal. Being that Parkhuevel is that revered, calling ahead for reservations, is strongly recommended.

Parkhuevel

Address: Heuvellaan 21, 3016 GL Rotterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 12–3PM, 6:30–10PM. Saturday 6:30 - 10PM. Closed Sundays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 12 minutes via taxi from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 10 436 0530

Website: Parkhuevel

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6. Roots Bar & Restaurant



The Roots Bar & Restaurant makes its home in the Rotterdam Hilton, with an eye on delivering quality dining in a trendy but formal setting. Located in the Lijnbaankwartier district that boasts a brisk shopping area, walking into Roots will give visitors the impression of being whisked back to the 1950’s, with its décor of sleek marble and deeply rich wood. The cuisine is a mixture of French, Mediterranean and other international dishes – the Croque monsieur is deemed one of their standouts.

Roots Restaurant

Address: Kruiskade 9, 3012 EE Rotterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 10pm. 7am -10pm weekends.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 9 minutes walk from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 10 710 8000

Website: Roots Restaurant

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7. Dudok


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Dudok is a stylish café, which has done well enough to have sister restaurants in three other cities in the Netherlands. This location is set up in a rustic brick building, with high ceilings and wide windows for patrons to view the bustling streets outside. The dining space can accommodate large parties and it has an all-around menu for any time of day which includes a special high tea course, for those who indulge. And if you’re looking to just enjoy a drink or two, Dudok boasts a hefty menu featuring local and international beers and wine. One thing to note – their apple pie is a big draw, and many choose the restaurant for a leisurely brunch.

Dudok

Address: Meent 88, 3011 JP Rotterdam, Netherlands

Opening Hours: 8am - 11pm Monday - Thursday. Friday 8am - 1am. Saturday 9am - 12am. Sunday 9am -11pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 6 minutes via transit from Rotterdam Centraal Station

Contact: +31 10 433 3102

Website: Dudok (in Dutch)

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8. Las Palmas

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Dining elegance is at its height, at Las Palmas. Visitors get that sense as they step inside this restaurant, and observe the lengthy dining room and the counter, off to the side, constructed with fine marble and polished steel. The mission of the head chef at Las Palmas is to have the patron observe the origins of their meal and see how they create it. There’s good reason for that – the head chef is Herman del Bijlker, who has his own popular TV show, in Holland. One striking example of this focus lies in the racks of fresh wagyu that hang above the counter in the exposed kitchen. Seafood is a dedicated speciality of the place and should be first among anyone’s choice when patronizing the restaurant.

Las Palmas

Address: Wilhelminakade 330, 3072 AR Rotterdam, Netherlands

Price: from 9 USD

Opening Hours: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm Monday - Friday. Saturday 6pm - 11pm. Sunday 12pm - 8pm.

Duration: around 2.5 hours required.

Access: 14 minutes via transit from Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Contact: +31 10 234 5122

Website: Las Palmas

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Dine your way through Rotterdam

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The city of Rotterdam holds a bevvy of culinary gems for both the casual and discerning food lover. With dining establishments that encompass the best of what the Netherlands has to offer, travelers will be happy to discover each place and how they work in contrast - or in total synchronicity with their environment.

This article was originally published on Apr 26, 2017

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Christopher Smith is a writer who hails from New York City. Growing up, he had the love of travel instilled in him from a young age thanks to his parents to go along with a love of writing. After a...Read more

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