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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.
Coffee Shop
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“Best coffee in the west of Rotterdam, please minde it is alway crowded with you local hipsters.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Middle eastern / African / Persian. Has a “Mediterranean grand cafe atmosphere”
  • 38 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Little V is an absolute gem of a Vietnamese restaurant in the middle of town. Try and get a table outside weather permitting. They serve lunch and dinner. Little V is always packed so make sure to make reservations through their website. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Department Store
“For those interested in shopping de Bijenkorf is the first-choice in Rotterdam.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Hotel
“On the 7th floor you have a restaurant and bar with a great view over the Erasmusbridge. Great place for drinks and taking pictures for your instagram. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Nature
“It's a great experience to take a watertaxi to kop van zuid of hotel New York”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The best high tea in town! Scones, cakes, petit fours, pie, sandwiches, and of course unlimited tea! Also great for a regular lunch!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Here in the NRC you can eat during the day from a good menu selection. At night on the weekends you can dance the night away with a local DJ.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Route to Ahoy During the week: about 45 min Bus 40 (goes every 10-30 min, depending on the time) - Walk to busstop Abtsweg for bus 40 going to Rotterdam Centraal (2 min) - Take bus 40 to Rotterdam Centraal (11 min) - At Rotterdam Centraal walk to Metro D (RET) going to De Akkers (4 min) - Take Metro D to metrostation Zuidplein (10 min) - At metrostation Zuidplein walk to Ahoy Rotterdam (9 min) Bus 32 (goes every 10 min) - Walk to busstop Abtsweg for bus 32 going to Station Zuid (2 min) - Take bus 32 to busstop Westblaak (16 min) - At Westblaak walk to Metrostation Beurs for Metro D (RET) going to De Akkers (6 min) - Take Metro D to metrostation Zuidplein (10 min) - At metrostation Zuidplein walk to Ahoy Rotterdam (9 min) Bus 33 (goes every 10 min) - Walk to busstop Kleinpolderplein for bus 33 going to Rotterdam Centraal (9 min) - Take bus 33 to Rotterdam Centraal (10 min) - At Rotterdam Centraal walk to Metro D (RET) going to De Akkers (4 min) - Take Metro D to metrostation Zuidplein (10 min) - At metrostation Zuidplein walk to Ahoy Rotterdam (9 min) Weekend: Bus 40: doesn't go. Bus 32: every 10 min. Bus 33: every 15 min.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“It is the biggest concert hall of the Netherlands, where a variety of live concerts in Classical, Jazz, Latin and world music are performed. If you are a student or under 27 years old, you can even get 10 euros tickets!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Local people come here for the famous and very good coffee (which you will come across at a lot of other places in Rotterdam), situated in the famous 'Hofbogen'.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
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“A popular cafe/ restaurant among the locals. You can find great breakfast and coffee there. There apple tart is also one of the icons!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great for coffee, lunch, diner. Also great outside space, just 350 meters away!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Road
“Great street with little shops for everything, clothes, gifts, furniture, shoes, you name it and you will find it here.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The best Italian pizza restaurant in town with amazing ice cream! (it's not possible to reserve a table)”
  • 33 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 2
“This is where we live. Quite, spacious neighbourhood close to central station.”
  • 20 locals recommend