Café Van Zanten's gourmet take on Dutch frikandellen

Café Van Zanten's gourmet take on Dutch frikandellen

A culinary twist on a Dutch classic comes to Café Van Zanten. This March, Rotterdam's beloved snack undergoes a gourmet transformation at the Frikandellenfeest.

Café van Zanten to host Frikandellenfeest

On 15 March, Café Van Zanten will introduce an innovative culinary experience centred around the frikandel, a beloved Dutch snack traditionally not associated with gourmet dining. The event, named Frikandellenfeest, aims to elevate the frikandel beyond its usual presentation with toppings such as curry, mayonnaise, and onions. Instead, attendees will be treated to unique creations like the Asian-inspired 'Crispy sushi Le Frique' featuring avocado, futomaki, spicy kimchi, and spring onions, and 'El Mexicano,' a frikandel adorned with guacamole, crème fraîche, tomato salsa, tortilla chips, jalapeño, lime, and coriander. The event will also feature entertainment by Arno Kolenbrander.

Culinary expansion at Café Van Zanten

Café Van Zanten, traditionally known for its perfect pours, sports celebrations, and expansive sunny terrace, has recently embarked on a culinary journey. Since December, manager Leo has been offering affordable pub bites. This menu now receives a gourmet enhancement with the introduction of a Fine Dining 3-course meal priced at €17.50, featuring a velvety tomato soup with hand-rolled meatballs, a main course chosen by Leo, and Vienetta as dessert, made with layers of Swiss chocolate couverture and bourbon vanilla from Madagascar.

Ticket information and dining details

Tickets for the Frikandellenfeest on 15 March are available for €15 on the café's website. The ticket includes a tasting of various gourmet frikandel interpretations, accompanied by music from Arno Kolenbrander. Guests are expected at Café Van Zanten from 19:00 to 21:00, with free entrance to the afterparty post-21:00. Leo's Fine Dining three-course dinner is available throughout the week at this favoured Rotterdam pub on Binnenrotte.

Directions to Café Van Zanten

Café Van Zanten is located at the heart of Rotterdam's bustling Binnenrotte. The area, known for its lively atmosphere and proximity to iconic Rotterdam landmarks, is easily accessible by public transport or bike. For those visiting, the café offers an inviting ambiance for both locals and tourists alike.

Winter comfort food at Café Van Zanten

Winter comfort food at Café Van Zanten

ROTTERDAM, 11 December 2023 – As the winter chill descends upon Rotterdam, locals find warmth in the cosy confines of Café Van Zanten. Nestled in the heart of the city, the café introduces a new culinary offering, crafted by its own manager Leo, providing comfort food at approachable prices.

Affordable winter fare at Café Van Zanten

Café Van Zanten, a staple in Rotterdam's culinary scene, located at the bustling Binnenrotte near the Meent, offers a respite from the winter cold with a range of warm, home-style dishes. Manager Leo, taking a hands-on approach, steps behind the stove to whip up an array of comforting meals. The menu features a variety of options, including a Black Angus burger with cheddar and onion compote, and Belgian beef stew with truffle mayo and fresh fries. Prices are kept wallet-friendly, ranging from €9.50 to €12.50.

Leo shared, "We strive to make enjoying a hearty meal with a cold beer accessible for everyone, especially during these costly winter months."

A daily menu for every taste

Café visitors can enjoy Leo's culinary creations every day of the week. The selection includes traditional Dutch sauerkraut mash with meatball and gravy, fish & chips with remoulade, Wiener schnitzel with fries, and chicken thigh satay with homemade peanut sauce, sweet and sour relish, and krupuk. The dishes, designed to cater to various tastes, maintain a focus on affordability and quality.

A Rotterdam hub for all seasons

Café Van Zanten has long been a fixture in Rotterdam, known for its warm, inviting atmosphere that caters to a diverse clientele. From bustling market days to summer terrace sessions and packed football celebrations, the café has become a home away from home for many Rotterdammers. It is easily accessible, located at Binnenrotte, near the Meent corner. It's a central spot in Rotterdam, ideal for those looking to experience the city's vibrant atmosphere.

New Starbucks opens in Rotterdam's historic Hoogstraat

New Starbucks opens in Rotterdam's historic Hoogstraat

ROTTERDAM, 10 July 2023 – For the coffee enthusiasts of Rotterdam, a new retreat has taken root. Starbucks®, the renowned global coffee chain, has announced the opening of a fresh location in Rotterdam's Hoogstraat on Tuesday, 11 July.

Starbucks Hoogstraat Rotterdam

Established on Hoogstraat, one of the city's oldest streets, the new Starbucks will welcome the Rotterdam public from 11 July. The location is deemed a haven for the city's residents and visitors alike, offering a range of beverages such as coffee, Refresha and Frappuccino.

The new hangout

Beyond being an ideal stopover for leisure shoppers, the new outlet will cater to those seeking a quiet corner to read, respond to work emails, or prepare for critical examinations. The facilities feature high-speed Wi-Fi, sufficient charging points, comfortable seating, and modern décor. Christian Gurria, General Manager, Starbucks Netherlands, reflected on the establishment's role as an inviting space for individuals seeking respite in Rotterdam city centre.

A medley of flavours

Starbucks Rotterdam Hoogstraat promises to cater to varied tastes, with its team of expert baristas capable of creating around 86,000 different and personalised drink combinations. These can range from a strong espresso to a creamy cappuccino with almond milk. Patrons can also look forward to a range of refreshing drinks available in new summer flavours such as Strawberry Waffle Cone and Chocolatey Waffle Cone.

Location and opening hours

The new Starbucks® is located at Hoogstraat 179, in the heart of Rotterdam. From the opening day, the first cup of coffee will be served at 10:00. Subsequently, patrons can visit the café Monday to Saturday from 07:30 and on Sundays from 08:00. The café's operating hours are 07:30 to 20:00 from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays, 07:30 to 21:00 on Fridays and 08:00 to 20:00 on Sundays.

How to get there

Hoogstraat 179 is nestled in the heart of Rotterdam, a bustling area with a rich history and vibrant street life. It is easily accessible by public transportation, and several nearby parking facilities provide convenience for those travelling by car.

Krozant opens its doors: Fresh Croissants in the heart of Rotterdam

Krozant opens its doors: Fresh Croissants in the heart of Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 13 June 2023 – Exciting news for croissant lovers in Rotterdam: Yvette Jansen and Nadia Stam, two passionate locals, are soon to be offering their unique, fresh-baked croissants to the city.

Yvette Jansen and Nadia Stam's dream becomes reality

The dream of Yvette Jansen and Nadia Stam of starting their own bakery in the city where they were born and raised is soon to be fulfilled. From 17 June, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to enjoy freshly baked croissants, bread, pastries, and quality coffee at their croissant workshop, aptly named 'Krozant'. “Our vision is truly coming to life!” they expressed with enthusiasm.

Unique offerings at 'Krozant'

Located at the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw (GHG) in the city's heart, Krozant, Yvette and Nadia's first venture, is set to open soon. Visitors can expect a wide range of baked goods. Classics such as chocolate or coffee buns will be available, as well as more unique creations such as a croissant filled with chicken thigh and mango chutney or a BLT croissant with lemon mayonnaise. In addition, the menu includes other sweet and savoury pastries, sandwiches, and coffee from Rotterdam’s Giraffe Coffee Roasters.

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A dedication to craftsmanship

The novel 'Krozants' are not the only way Yvette and Nadia seek to distinguish themselves. Craftsmanship is deeply valued at Krozant. Every day, all croissants and pastries are made by hand, with attention to every detail. “The creation of Krozants requires a lot of time and love,” says Yvette, “at Krozant, everyone has the opportunity to take a peek into our kitchen and experience that love.”

Directions to Krozant

The Krozant bakery is situated in the Groot Handelsgebouw's parking garage. This makes it an ideal stop for office workers in the Central District, day-trippers from outside the city, or locals who crave a treat. To find Krozant, simply enter the Groot Handelsgebouw's main entrance, and follow the signs to the parking garage. The surrounding area is bustling with activity, full of shops, cafés, and other businesses.

SUE's journey to creating healthy sweet treats

SUE's journey to creating healthy sweet treats

ROTTERDAM, 6 May 2023 – Delight in healthier treats with the new cookbook Zoet zonder suiker (Sweet without sugar) by Kim Sue Palm. Featuring 50 delectable vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free recipes, the book offers a glimpse into the Rotterdam-based SUE bakery, known for its guilt-free delights.

A fresh wind in the pâtisserie world

Founded in 2014, SUE has been revolutionising the pâtisserie scene with responsible sweet treats. Vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free, these treats have quickly gained popularity, leading to the establishment of three SUE stores and partnerships with numerous cafés in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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The launch of 'Zoet zonder suiker'

The launch of 'Zoet zonder suiker' marks a significant milestone for Kim Sue Palm and SUE. The book, which is now available, promises to inspire readers with a range of delightful and healthier alternatives to traditional baked treats. As the founder of SUE, Kim Sue Palm shares her passion, drive, and sources of inspiration in the book, detailing her journey to building a successful business.

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Kim's passion for healthy food

Kim Sue Palm's passion for healthy food began in her childhood, when her parents taught her the importance of a nutritious diet. Despite her love for sweet treats, Kim combined her enthusiasm for healthy food with her baking experiments, leading to the creation of SUE. The company began as a hobby selling bites at food markets, but it quickly grew into a successful business with numerous sale partners and a loyal customer base.

Rotterdam's supportive entrepreneurial climate

In an interview, Kim describes the supportive entrepreneurial climate in Rotterdam as a significant contributor to SUE's success. She initially collaborated with Sajoer and Little Indians to establish the KLUP concept store, where they sold their products alongside other Rotterdam entrepreneurs. The store later transformed into the first SUE location, which has since expanded.

While Kim currently has no plans to further expand SUE in Rotterdam, she remains open to new opportunities that may arise. She believes in following her intuition when it comes to business decisions and embracing challenges that come her way.

Collaborating with local businesses

While SUE's ingredients are not entirely sourced locally due to the scale of the bakery's production, the company collaborates with other Rotterdam-based businesses. For instance, their tea is supplied by Theemaas, juices by Sajoer, and coffee by Man Met Bril.

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SUE's locations in Rotterdam

The bakery is situated on Goudsesingel 330, near the Meent, and focuses on to-go sales of guilt-free treats. Meanwhile, the lunchroom is located at Karel Doormanstraat 372, a bustling street with many visitors and tourists. Accessible by public transport and close to the central station and shopping areas, the lunchroom offers a delightful green terrace during warmer days.

Directions and map

To visit SUE bakery, head to Goudsesingel 330, Rotterdam. The area is easily accessible by car and bicycle.

For the SUE Store lunchroom with terrace, make your way to Karel Doormanstraat 372, Rotterdam. It is well-connected by public transport and within walking distance from the central station and shopping areas.

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