Live like a local: Rotterdam restaurants
For those of you heading to Rotterdam, our local expert Jo has hunted out three of the city’s finest eateries for every budget.
Witte de 16, 3012 BP Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 206 5151 / www.bazarrotterdam.nl
Within walking distance of the central station, Hotel Bazar offers low cost, high taste food surrounded by a relaxing, warm atmosphere. One of the more unusual restaurants to be found on the bustling streets of Rotterdam, Moroccan food fills the menu with a taste sensation for the meat eaters and the vegetarian travellers alike. Open until late every day, if you’re busy soaking up the Dutch culture all day, Hotel Bazar is a vibrant spot to pick up a twist on the Arab classics.
Meent 88 3011 JP Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 433 3102 / www.dudok.nl
The Café Brasserie Dudok offers a wide range of dishes with a Dutch twist. Although primarily a lunch spot for locals and travellers, snacks are available after the kitchen is closed for any late drifters. Behind the café is a dedicated patisserie baking tempting naughty bits such as muffins, cheesecake and brownie tarts. One look at the baked goods and you’ll be watering, with a takeaway option the Dudok patisserie could become a regular visit. The Dudok has 3 companion cafes across the Netherlands with locations in Tilburg, Arnhem and Amsterdam so if you’re doing a bit of travelling around the Netherlands, be sure to stop at them all and enjoy the same good food whilst soaking up a different atmosphere.
Lloydstraat 204, 3024 EA Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 425 0520 / www.fgrestaurant.nl/en
Heston Blummenthal has changed the face of cooking in England, now his influence has been brought to Rotterdam. François Geurds, a former apprentice of the famed chef, has returned to his home town of Rotterdam to delight locals and travellers with the techniques he has picked up. Dishes vary from Dover Sole to Anjou Pigeon with vegetarian dishes in between and delectable desserts to ensure you don’t leave hungry there’s something for everyone. Although closed Sunday and Monday, it is open for lunch and dinner Thursday to Saturday so there is no excuse to miss out on the divine dining presented at the FG Restaurant.
Stena Line operates twice daily crossing from Harwich to Hook of Holland. Why not take our Dutchflyer rail and sail service from any Greater Anglia station all the way to Rotterdam? Visit www.stenaline.co.uk for more info.