So, you're in Rotterdam and you want to grab a nice bite for lunch, but you're too hungry to do lengthy research? No problem, we've got you covered! Rotterdam has quite a few go-to places to get your belly filled.
P.S. this is not a ranking, all of the areas listed in this article are completely different and just as awesome.
1. The Markthal
If you are near the centre, not yet biting off the heads of strangers from hunger and fancy a little stroll, West-Kruiskade is a good street to try. Here you go for the more original ethnic food. Chinese, Japanese, Surinamese, Thai – you name it they have it. There are also some fast-food places like KFC. De Kade Asian Surinamese restaurant 05
Most of the restaurants and eateries here are open for lunch and require no reservation. For dessert try the Chinese bakery or/and ice cream from one of the best ice-cream shops around. And while it depends on how much you eat; you probably won’t spend a fortune.
While you are there, also have a look at the oldest butcher of Rotterdam or take a peek into the interesting pet shop that used to provide even voodoo chickens, if necessary.West Kruiskade Rotterdam
3. Witte de Withstraat
Do you fancy a more pub-grubby-kind of meal? Pop over to the Witte de Withstraat. Loads of nice and diverse restaurants, more ice cream shops and a fair amount of bars to hang out in. Also, just one step away from the museum quarter, which reflects in the shops along the street. If you want to, you can also find some fancier restaurants on the fringes. Witte de Withstraat Rotterdam 📷 Marco DerksenBazar Rotterdam
4. Kop van Zuid
Kop van Zuid is a great foodie spot. Grab a burger at Diego's, or grab anything you can think of at Foodhallen. Walk past the Foodhallen and you'll end up at the historic Hotel New York. It's a place that you must see anyways if you visit Rotterdam.
Hotel New York has a restaurant inside and a nice terrace on the outside. It has been taken over by a Hotel chain a few years ago, so the food is not that special anymore. Hotel New York Rotterdam
At the back of Hotel New York, there's a bridge that connects Kop van Zuid to Katendrecht. This 160 metre long bridge, officially named Rijnhavenbrug, though some locals refer to it as the 'hoerenloper.'
At Katendrecht, you're in for a culinary treat. There is the Fenix Food Factory; a good and hip place to eat and do some food shopping. Several stands in one big hall with local produce and even a brewery. While it's not exactly free, you probably won’t break the bank eating here.Fenix Food Factory Rotterdam 📷 Marco Derksen
You can visit the Deliplein as well with its great Thai, seafood and Italian restaurants, cafes and more. Most are a bit more pricey, open only for the evening and often do require a reservation. Vislokaal Kaap Rotterdam 📷 Frederik Klanberg
6. MaHo Kwartier - Pannekoekstraat / Botersloot
A whole bunch of cute and sometimes quiet exotic little specialty eateries are to be found on the Botersloot. Most are open for lunch and you could even go grub-hopping here: take the specialty of one place, move on to the next and finish with a coffee the door after. The Pannekoekstraat has hardly any pancakes, but there are quite a few other restaurants that are nice. Not all are open for lunch. Botersloot RotterdamNoo.Me Rotterdam
De Buik van Rotterdam
Now, if you really want to know what’s hip and happening around food, also, if you are looking for something more specific or the newest hype, I recommend you check out De Buik van Rotterdam
. They are Rotterdam’s belly. Yes, the website is in Dutch, but if you are hungry enough you will catch the main drift! 😉