Top ChoiceMarket in Zuiden

Fenix Food Factory

Almost everything in this vast former warehouse is made locally and sold by entrepreneurs making their mark on the food scene. They include Booij Kaasmakers (cheese, milk, yoghurt, eggs), Cider Cider, Jordy's...

Top ChoiceCafe in Westen

Urban Espresso Bar

Could this be Rotterdam's best cafe? The coffee here is definitely a cut above most of its competitors (Giraffe beans, expert baristas), as is the food (artisanal breads and pastries, house-baked cakes, global...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Centrum

De IJsmaker

Fresh flavours reign supreme at this artisanal ice cream parlour on Witte de Withstraat and only quality produce is used – the simply spectacular pistachio ice cream is made with nuts from Bronte in Sicily and...

Top ChoiceFrench in Centrum

Pierre

Like many locals, we love visiting Pierre at all times of the day. At breakfast, the croissants are buttery; at lunch the baguettes have delectable fillings; and at dinner, classic brasserie dishes (beef...

Top ChoiceCafe in Westen

Parqiet

The wild flowers in Kilner jars, terrace seating and striped deckchairs on the front lawn all contribute to the charm of this cafe in a former coach house in Het Park. Dishes are light and fresh, with plenty of...

Top ChoiceFast Food in Centrum

Tante Nel

Differing from traditional patat (fries) stands in a number of crucial ways, Tante Nel has pleasant street-side seating where its many and varied regulars settle in to enjoy treats such as hand-cut, expertly...

Top ChoiceSteak in Zuiden

CEO Baas van Het Vlees

Meat lovers should be sure to book a table at Rotterdam's best steakhouse. Working in their open kitchen, chefs cook spectacular cuts of beef to order. We love the fact that half portions of steak and delicious...

Top ChoiceInternational in Centrum

AJÍ

Good-quality Asian food is hard to source in Rotterdam, so we were thrilled to discover this chic bistro serving dishes inspired by Asia and the Mediterranean. Build a meal with a few small plates, or just pop in...

Modern European in Westen

Restaurant Frits

Inside a pretty Delfshaven canal house, with an intimate split-level, dark-timber interior, Frits serves an astounding-value eight-course surprise menu using ingredients from its own kitchen garden. Although...

Pizza in Centrum

O'Pazzo

Generations of Rotterdammers have grown up eating the tasty Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked by Italian pizzaioli (pizza makers) in O'Pazzo's huge tiled oven, usually ending their meals with a rich dessert...

International in Zuiden

HMB

Nestled in the shadow of the mighty Erasmusbrug, this sleek restaurant on the ground floor of the iconic De Rotterdam building serves artistically presented contemporary cuisine. There's a strong international...

Italian in Noord

Tosca

This old-fashioned place has everything you want from a neighbourhood bistro: friendly staff, well-priced food and lovely surrounds including a grapevine-covered terrace overlooking the Brancoplein park. The menu...

International in Noord

FG Food Labs

François Geurds' food lab sits under timber and silvery pressed-tin ceilings within Station Hofplein. This is where the FG staff experiment with dishes before the perfected versions hit the menu at the flagship...

Italian in Westen

La Zia Maria

There is limited table seating at this old-fashioned and aromatic deli, but if you don't manage to snag a sit-down spot, it's still a fabulous place to pick up Italian specialities such as formaggi (cheese),...

Cafe in Noord

Bertmans

Asian accents are as pronounced as those from the Mediterranean in the menu at this popular neighbourhood cafe overlooking the serpentine De Rotte canal. The emphasis is on fresh and healthy cafe-style food,...

Modern European in Westen

't Ouwe Bruggetje

This long-operating restaurant has an atmospheric timber-panelled interior, as well as seating by the iron-framed drawbridge out front and on a floating terrace on the canal. Dining is by set 'surprise' menu only...

Middle Eastern in Centrum

Bazar

Sampling menus from across the Middle East and North Africa, Bazar dishes up versions of Turkish kebaps, Egyptian falafel, Moroccan couscous, Persian stews and many other favourites. Hugely popular due to the...

Gastronomy in Noord

FG

He's cooked with luminaries including Heston Blumenthal and is certainly Rotterdam's best-known chef, but we're not convinced that François Geurds' menus are impressive enough to justify their hefty prices....

Cafe in Centrum

Dudok

Ask any Rotterdammer to nominate their favourite sweet treat, and there's a good chance they will opt for the apple pie served here. A cinnamon-spiced delight, it is best served with a side order of whipped...

Cafe in Noord

Lof der Zoetheid

Its name means 'In Praise of Sweetness', and this stylish cafe certainly serves delicious sweet stuff. Sample the goods in the daily afternoon tea, which includes cake, scones, sandwiches and pies, and tea served...