Top things to do

Top Choice Notable Building in Westen

Van Nelle Fabriek

Designed and built between 1925 and 1931, this modernist World Heritage–listed factory northwest of the city centre is an icon of 20th-century industrial architecture. Often described as a 'glass palace' (it's large…
Top Choice Museum in Centrum

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The roll-call of artists represented in the collection of Rotterdam's pre-eminent fine-arts museum is stellar and spans multiple periods and movements: Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Miró…
Top Choice Music in Rotterdam

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's most-respected jazz events sees hundreds of musicians perform. A free 'North Sea Round Town' festival in the weeks preceding the festival proper sees a variety of jazz acts performing in public sp…
Top Choice Architecture in Centrum

Huis Sonneveld

When company director Albertus Sonneveld decided to commission an architect to design a contemporary home for his family, the obvious choice was Leendert Van der Vlugt, who had designed the magnificent Van Nelle Fac…
Top Choice Museum in Westen

Museum Rotterdam: 1940-1945 NU

Good things often come in small packages, and so it is with this small but excellent museum sheltered under a bridge on the Coolhaven. An eight-minute immersive multimedia experience outlines the terror and destruct…
Top Choice Bar in Centrum

Aloha

Sustainable, innovative and funky as anything, this bar-cafe in the former Tropicana baths has a large terrace boasting views across the Nieuwe Maas river. Operated by Blue City collective, a group of environmental …
Top Choice Market 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 (cider), Jordy'…
Top Choice Notable Building in Centrum

Markthal

One of the city's signature buildings, this extraordinary inverted-U-shaped market hall was designed by local architecture firm MVRDV and opened for business in 2014. It comprises highly sought-after glass-walled ap…
Top Choice Brewery in Noord

Eurotrash United

This excellent brewery is the brainchild of Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, the artists responsible for the enormous Cornucopia work on the inside of the Markthal. Fictional characters Kaiser Kuttlipp and Snorella ador…
Top Choice Cafe 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 (artisan breads and pastries, house-baked cakes, global flavour…