Weekends away: Rotterdam
Chilled, quirky and cool.
Think hip eateries, bars and boutique shopping!
The look is uber modern (for Europe), as tall high rises compete for space in the skyline. This dates back to WWII, when the city centre was destroyed and flattened, in a series of bombings. Slowly tall, modern buildings have filled this space. It’s definitely worth finding a sundowner spot, to view the city all lit up!
Weekends here, are super relaxed and I highly recommended bringing some comfy trainers to explore the city on foot. Get a map, walk across the bridges, stumble upon beautiful buildings and get a feel for the different areas.
Find a cafe or two, sip your coffee and watch the world go by. Find beautiful restaurants, have a glass of wine and make the most of the unhurried lifestyle this city basks in.
The city is dominated by the Nieuwe Maas River and the Erasmus Bridge (also known as the Swan), connecting the north and south of Rotterdam.
An eclectic mix of old school buildings that survived the war (De Witte Huis), modern buildings (Markthal), and the 80’s Cube houses make for a fascinating wander around the city centre .
To get a feel of what Rotterdam was like before the war, make your way to the suburb of Delfshaven. Picturesque! This area was left unscathed during the war and gives a real feel of what Rotterdam was like. Old houses, churches and museums flank the water and makes for a beautiful walk. Drink a craft beer at De Pelgrim and soak up the vibe of this gorgeous part of town.
Rotterdam is a real foodie’s paradise. Never rushed, it has a great selection of cafes, restaurants and markets.
The perfect place to have a lazy Sunday brunch, surrounded by locals before heading home.
Dinner: Restaurant De Jong.
Set under the arches of a railway this restaurant is all about the food. Small plates. Local , seasonal produce… and an open kitchen, for those who are nosey, and love to see the cooking process.
Market: Fenix Food Factory
This foodie hub is set in an old factory in Katendrecht, has food stalls and is home to craft beer, Kaapse Brouwers. A great place to start your Friday or Saturday.
Make your way to Witte de Withstraat. The busiest spot on Friday and Saturday nights. The street is filled with bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants and has a real buzz about it. Find a seat at De Schouw, get a drink and soak up the party spirit!
Suite Hotel Pinkoffs
Set just outside the centre, in one of the few remaining old buildings. This boutique hotel is gorgeous and the beds super comfy! Be warned it is a bit of walk to get to the centre and the hub-bub of Rotterdam. (but totally worth it)
Comfy trainers .
Raincoat (Yet to have a weekend away in this part of the world without it raining)
Read this if you are in need a bit of minimalist packing inspiration https://www.thiscitything.com/home/minimalist-packing