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.

Serenity in Rotterdam: terraces with nature & skyline views

Serenity in Rotterdam: terraces with nature & skyline views

Photo: the surprisingly green terrace at Parkhotel Rotterdam in the middle of the city.

As the first rays of sunshine timidly grace our city, it can only mean one thing: it's time to embrace terrace season! Inspired by the art of aperitivo from sunny Italy, Dutch establishments have evolved to offer refreshing drinks and diverse sharing platters, transforming terraces into sun-kissed escapes. Here are three locations in Rotterdam where you can find a terrace with a unique view or an unexpectedly green experience, perfect for spring and summer.


Dudok In Het Park

When one thinks of Rotterdam, Dudok is a classic that cannot be missed. Situated in a beautiful monumental building in the Park of Rotterdam, Dudok In Het Park offers a perfect escape from the bustling city life, just a five-minute bike ride from the city centre. Relax and soak in the serene green surroundings and the stunning view of the Park at the foot of the Euromast. Indulge in a delicious lunch, a delectable sharing platter or coffee and cake. During summer, delight in the special Dudok ice cream available daily at the nearby Euromastpark.


The terrace at Dudok in Het Park. Photo credit: Masha BakkerThe terrace at Dudok in Het Park. Photo credit: Masha Bakker

Baden Powelllaan 12, 3016 GJ, Rotterdam


Woodz Brasserie

Woodz, located by the Kralingse Plas, is a hotspot where everyone is welcome to dine or enjoy coffee after a walk in the woods. The terrace overlooks the Kralingse Plas, a mere 10-minute bike ride from Rotterdam's vibrant centre. With its idyllic view, the sunny terrace transports you into nature's embrace. The Mi Brasa charcoal BBQ adds an extraordinary touch to this location. The diverse menu offers finger food dishes and classic favourites, like Steak Tartare, ensuring there's something for everyone. Four terraces provide ample space for a sunny coffee, romantic dinner, leisurely lunch or cocktails with friends.


The terrace at Woodz overlooks the lake at Kralingse PlasThe terrace at Woodz overlooks the lake at Kralingse Plas

Langepad 9, 3062 CJ, Rotterdam



At Restaurant The Park, a part of the Bilderberg Parkhotel, only the best will do for their guests. Seasonal produce, beautifully crafted dishes, exquisite wines and impeccable service combine to create unforgettable experiences. The Park's stunning garden, basked in sunlight or sheltered by the covered veranda, is the ideal setting to escape urban life. Enjoy a business dinner, shared dining with friends, or simply a fine glass of wine in this serene oasis.


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Westersingel 70, 3015 LB Rotterdam

Jazzcafé Dizzy - A Rotterdam jazz institution since 1977

Jazzcafé Dizzy - A Rotterdam jazz institution since 1977

Located in the heart of Rotterdam, Jazzcafé Dizzy has been a hub for live jazz music since 1977. The cozy and intimate atmosphere, combined with the eclectic range of live music, has made it a must-visit destination for jazz lovers visiting the city.


Seven days a week

Jazzcafé Dizzy, founded in 1977, boasts a storied history. It was where Chet Baker played his final notes, and American luminaries such as Lee Konitz and Art Taylor graced the stage. Jazzcafé Dizzy is named after the legendary American jazz trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie, who was known for his distinctive style of bebop jazz. The owners of the café wanted to create a space where jazz musicians could come together and perform in the spirit of Gillespie's music, and they have succeeded in doing so for over four decades. The café is open seven days a week and hosts live performances every night of the week, ranging from local jazz bands to international artists. The café also regularly hosts jam sessions, where musicians can come and play together, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.


Intimate atmosphere

The venue itself is intimate, with a small stage and tables arranged closely around it. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the music on offer. Dizzy also serves a range of drinks and snacks, making it the perfect spot to enjoy an evening of live music. One of the unique features of the Jazzcafé Dizzy Jazz is its commitment to showcasing a diverse range of musical styles, from jazz improvisation in all its forms, to funk, blues, as well as music from Africa and Latin America. The café offers something for everyone, and has become known for its commitment to promoting emerging talent, providing a platform for young musicians to showcase their skills alongside more established performers.


Big names

Over the years, the Jazzcafé Dizzy has played host to some of the biggest names in jazz music, including Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie himself, and Joshua Redman. The café has also been a vital part of the local jazz scene, with many Rotterdam-based musicians performing there regularly. Though Dizzy has undergone several renovations over the years, but has managed to maintain its unique character and charm. The venue is decorated in a minimalist style, allowing the focus to remain on the live music.


For music lovers visiting Rotterdam, Dizzy is a must-visit destination. The venue's commitment to showcasing a diverse range of musical styles, combined with its intimate and welcoming atmosphere, make it a truly unique and special place. Whether you're a seasoned jazz aficionado or a newcomer to live music, Jazzcafé Dizzy offers a very nice experience.

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