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Things to do in Rotterdam

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Closed at the moment due to renovation, but nice to pass by on your way to the ‘Kunsthal’. Nice place to visit the rosegarden on a sunny day.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This street has many restaurants and bars and is one of the most lively places to hang out, especially on the weekends.”
  • 151 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Kunsthal in Rotterdam is one of the icons of modern architecture and is visited every year by large numbers of architecture lovers from all over the world. The Kunsthal is one of the leading cultural institutions in the Netherlands with over twenty exhibitions a year. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Hotel
“Hotel New York is situated in the former head office of the Holland Amerika Line on the 'Kop van Zuid' in Rotterdam. From here, thousands of emigrants left for North America, hoping for a better life.. Nowadays, people come here to sleep, eat, drink, marry, meet and celebrate. As soon as you enter the building, you can feel it; this is where it all happened. The sense of nostalgia is everywhere.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Alternative for the touristic Markthal. This is the local one. With their own beerbrewery (sorry I don’t like the taste) but for nice drinks and eating a hotspot”
  • 129 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Great view from the top of the Euromast. On a clear day you can see Delft. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Erasmus Bridge is a striking feat of engineering and a must-see fixture on every Rotterdam visitor’s itinerary. The bridge and its surroundings have plenty to offer the curious visitor, from enjoying the historic Delfshaven to exploring the futuristic Kop van Zuid with its skyscrapers, Hotel New York and the Nederlands Fotomuseum. The Erasmus Bridge is also the backdrop for numerous spectacular events.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
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“Rotterdam Zoo is situated in the district of Blijdorp in Rotterdam Noord. Stroll across the African Savannah and stand face-to-face with the giraffes. Visit Bokito the gorilla and his family. Walk on the seabed in the indoor Oceanarium and meet stingrays and sharks. Stroll through the largest butterfly paradise of Europe: Amazonica, filled with fragrant flowers, thousands of South American butterflies, anacondas and piranhas that love to bite. It is possible to book tours and packages. During a tour on foot let an expert guide show you places that visitors don’t usually see. One of the options is Blijdorp by Night: an after-hours tour of the zoo at dusk which includes a dinner buffet. Rotterdam Zoo is accessible by both public transport and car. The zoo is a 15-minute walk from Rotterdam Central Station. Still prefer to come by car? Take the A20 exit ‘Blijdorp’.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Building
“The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) is a furnished museum house, specially designed and constructed to let the visitor experience what life is like in a Cube House. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Market
“Everyone who loves good food will enjoy the Markthal in Rotterdam. Here you will find ingredients and food from all over the world. And that for current prices. Taste the authentic taste of home, or go on a culinary journey of discovery. When you come on Saturday and Tuesday, the outdoor market is also held, with 465 stalls one of the largest markets in the Netherlands.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A stunning building hosting a daily (indoor) market concentrated on food. Great for a quick bite or drink. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Market
“Indoor market with good quality foods. Surrounded with restaurants and an oriental supermarket. On level -1 a liquor shop, AH supermarket”
  • 60 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“The Kralingse Bos is a wooded park that surrounds the Kralingse Park lake. The park is popular with joggers and inline skaters. On and around the lake, you can sail, swim, or just relax in the sun beside your barbecue.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Lake
“Splendid view over skyline Rotterdam. Relaxed lake. Good for drinks and walking”
  • 71 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“They also have a restaurant at the top. You also learn the history of rotterdam about how the city was rebuilt after it was bombed. You can get a discount from Groupon”
  • 54 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The best venue in town for soul, rap and jazz lovers. Walk to the the club from CS via the yellow luchtsingel.”
  • 56 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Hotel New York is situated in the former head office of the Holland Amerika Line on the 'Kop van Zuid' in Rotterdam. From here, thousands of emigrants left for North America, hoping for a better life.. Nowadays, people come here to sleep, eat, drink, marry, meet and celebrate. As soon as you enter the building, you can feel it; this is where it all happened. The sense of nostalgia is everywhere.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Great view from the top of the Euromast. On a clear day you can see Delft. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The best venue in town for soul, rap and jazz lovers. Walk to the the club from CS via the yellow luchtsingel.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Young. Hip. Outside (“garden”) Next to Annabel (club). Food (burgers etc.) is not most important item”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bar
“Cozy atmosphere, friendly crowd. Especially nice on summer days / nights, thanks to the nice terrace.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“indie pop / rock podium, also nice for getting drinks nd food during the day”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Possibly my favorite place in Rotterdam. Ex-indoor tropical swimming pool turned restaurant. Outdoor terrace along the Maas with excellent affordable food.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“Middle eastern / African / Persian. Has a “Mediterranean grand cafe atmosphere”
  • 38 locals recommend

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