Fenix Food Factory in Rotterdam, The Netherlands is a former trolley warehouse turned hipster and foodie hangout. Similar in concept to Copenhagen, Denmark’s Torvehallerne, but smaller in size, Fenix Food Factory is nonetheless a perfect place to find specialty local food and drinks. After you’ve marveled at the impressive and creative architecture in downtown Rotterdam, it’s time to head further afield to fill up on delicious food at Fenix Food Factory. Read on to learn more about what you’ll find.
How to get there
Fenix Food Factory is outside Rotterdam’s city center, across the Erasmusbrug Bridge in the Katendrecht neighborhood. It is about a 30 minute walk from Willemsplein, over the bridge, past the famous Hotel New York, and to Fenix Food Factory. If you aren’t up for a walk, it is about a 10 minute bike ride from the same location. Regarding public transportation, Rotterdam Rijnhaven is the closest subway stop and Lodewijk Pincofssweg is the closest tram stop. Public transportation in Rotterdam is simple and quick, so don’t be afraid to use it!
The old warehouse
Fenix Food Factory is located in a former tram warehouse that has been transformed into hipster heaven. Expect mismatched chairs surrounding both small and large tables, old-fashioned high chairs, and dim lighting. If the weather is nice, there are picnic tables outside, so you can enjoy the view of Rotterdam while savoring your food.
If you don’t feel like eating at Fenix Food Factory, you can purchase specialty local ingredients, such as cheese, meat, spices, and vegetables, to make an amazing meal at home.
A wide selection of drinks
To start off your tasty walk around Fenix Food Factory, I’d suggest getting a coffee at Stielman Coffee Roasters while you decide what to eat. Stielman serves delicious cappuccinos (about 2.50 EUR/2.79 USD) and you can buy a bag of their beans to make your perfect cup at home.
If you’d like an alcoholic beverage to go with your meal, there is CiderCider, which sells hard cider, and Kaapse Brouwers Brewery for an amazing selection of beers on tap. You can also purchase bottles from both CiderCider and Kaapse Brouwers Brewery to bring home with you.
Tasty food vendors
For an appetizer or a light snack, I’d suggest heading straight to Booij Kaasmakers for their cheese board (4 EUR/4.46 USD per person). At my time of visit, the cheese board contained bread, chutney, goat cheese, blue cheese, and three other cheeses. All are made locally and some are even made by Booij Kaasmakers themselves. As The Netherlands are famous for their cheese, I’d highly recommend this cheese board tasting platter before purchasing a block of cheese for later.
As far as food goes, you can purchase baked goods for a lighter snack or the very popular Dutch toasted sandwiches at Jordy’s Bakery. Toasted (and cold) sandwiches can be found all over The Netherlands, but why not try one at Fenix Food Factory? With sandwiches packed with flavor and stuffed with ingredients such as aged cheese, goat cheese, chorizo, ham, and more, all right from the vendors in Fenix Food Factory, how could you resist?
Other vendors include Rechtstreex, Mr. Tanger, and the Kaapse Kitchen. Rechtstreex purchases produce directly from local farmers to sell at Fenix and to create delicious soups, fries, and salads. With their colorful array of spices, tagines dishes, and Moroccan tapas lined up along their stall, Mr. Tanger is a feast for the eyes as much as it is a feast for the stomach. The Kaapse Kitchen features a rotating chef who creates their own menu for the week. So surely you’ll experience something special at your time of visit!
Other than food, there is a wonderful book stall selling adult and children’s books in both English and Dutch. Feel free to stop by and browse their books and perhaps take one as a souvenir!
You’ll leave full
Fenix Food Factory is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Hours vary depending on the day of the week, and the cafe sometimes opens earlier than the food stalls, so do be sure to check the opening hours before making the trek there.
Keep in mind that the menus aren’t in English, so feel free to ask at the baristas and chefs for more information. In my experience, everyone spoke perfect English and was more than happy to help explain the menu. The cool atmosphere and the delicious food and drinks make the Fenix Food Factory a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening.
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