Forget fine dining – Rotterdammers don't like formality and fuss, and are at their happiest when enjoying fresh, seasonally driven, cafe-style food. The city is replete with informal restaurants and also has two great food markets – Markthal and Fenix Food Factory – that have eateries alongside produce stalls.

Best Lists


By Budget: €

  • Fenix Food Factory A collective of producers who sell their wares in a former warehouse in Katendrecht.
  • Urban Espresso Bar The food is as good as the coffee at this on-trend cafe.
  • Hopper House-baked bread and pastries make this an excellent breakfast and lunch stop.
  • De IJsmaker Simply sensational Italian-style ice cream.

By Budget: €€

  • AJÍ Small plates with an Asian slant, served in stylish surrounds.
  • HMB Sleek restaurant serving sophisticated, beautifully presented contemporary cuisine
  • Pierre Parisian-style neighbourhood bistro that's a great choice at all times of the day.
  • Asian Glories Modern rifts on Chinese classics, and great dim sum.
  • Lof der Zoetheid Home of Rotterdam's most splendiferous high tea.

By Budget: €€€

  • CEO Baas van Het Vlees Quite possibly the best steak you'll ever eat.
  • Zeezout Ultra-fresh global seafood dishes, cooked without fuss but with loads of love.
  • FG Flagship restaurant of Rotterdam's superstar chef François Geurds.
  • De Jong Jim De Jong's small plates make the most of their seasonal produce.


  • Picknick Globally inspired dishes and signature 'Picknick Platters'.
  • Rolph's Deli All-day breakfasts including bagels and broodjes (sandwiches) with multiple toppings.
  • Pierre Flakey, buttery croissants and a textbook-perfect croque monsieur.
  • Bertmans Treats including pannenkoekjes (pancakes), avocado toast and a delicious fruit crumble.
  • Man Met Bril The city's best-value breakfast deal and most impressive coffee.

Wine List

  • CEO Baas van Het Vlees Super-impressive list by both the glass and bottle.
  • HMB International list spanning both the Old and New Worlds.
  • Dertien Obscure labels and varietals aplenty.
  • FG Good choice by the bottle.

Sweet Stuff

  • Dudok Home to the city's best apple pie.
  • Lof der Zoetheid Lavish and delicious high tea, complete with samovar tea.
  • Urban Bakery Rotterdam's best cupcakes and brownies.
  • De IJsmaker Freshly churned, super-smooth gelato in fruit, nut and chocolate flavours.
  • Koen Authentic Italian-style gelato made fresh daily.

Light Lunches

  • Urban Espresso Bar The burger, soup and salad of the day are always worth checking out.
  • Hopper Sensational sandwiches, hearty soups and coffee made with house-roasted beans.
  • Parqiet Enjoy freshly made sandwiches and salads in leafy Het Park.


  • O'Pazzo Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked by Italian pizzaioli (pizza makers)
  • Tosca Neighbourhood trattoria with a satisfyingly traditional menu and terrace seating.
  • Angelo Betti Pizza and gelato – what's not to like?

Price Ranges

The following price ranges refer to a main course:

less than €12

€€ €12–25

€€€ more than €25