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Cafés and terraces in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a city of many faces: robust port city, classy shopping city, hip artists’ city and, above all, the city of architecture in Holland. In addition to the many sights worth seeing, Rotterdam is home to a large variety of restaurants, cafes and terraces that will gladly welcome you for a tasty snack and a refreshing drink!

  • Discover the most pleasant, hippest, and best-known cafes and terraces that Rotterdam has to offer
  • Take a water taxi to one of the many waterside terraces.
  • A list of the top 10 terraces and cafes.

5x cafes in Rotterdam

1. De witte aap

It is not without reason that De witte aap has been elected the best bar in the world! Ever since the 90s, this bar has been home to the best that funk, groove, hip hop and dance have to offer, and fresh art graces its wall every month. Definitely worth a visit!

Address: Witte de Withstraat 78

2. 1NUL8

1NUL8 Wijnbar, brasserie and café in one in the center of Rotterdam. 1NUL8 is among the hippest places to be right now. You can walk in all day and evening and enjoy the DJ's great beats. Too bad it closes as early as 02:00 in the weekends!

Address: Meent 108

3. De Zondebok & Het zwarte schaap

A cafe for connoisseurs with a terrific ambience. Enter and find a broad range of unique whiskies, particularly excellent wines and very delicious coffee produced specially for this cafe.

Address: Witte de Withstraat 96

4. Dudok

In a brasserie named after the famous architect Dudok, one expects of course nothing less than that art, culture and architecture are lovingly embraced. Dudok lies in the very heart of rOTTERDAM, and should you decide to drop in for a coffee, do try the apple pie.

Address: Meent 88

5. Verhip

This former harbour cafe lying in the modern Lloyd Quarter, where many audiovisual and internet companies are located, is popular among the hip and creative segment of Rotterdam’s people. That aside, it’s a true harbour cafe, with ship models and posters galore. Across from the cafe lies the St. Jobshaven (St. Job’s Harbour), where you can step aboard a water taxi.

Address: St. Jobsweg 21

5x terraces in Rotterdam

1. Maaskant (Hotel New York)

Have a drink at on the terrace of hotel New York (the former headquarters of the Holland America Line), with a fantastic view over the New Meuse.

Address: Koninginnehoofd 1, Wilhelminapier

2. Popocatepetl The Mexican

The terrace of Popocatepetl The Mexican in the Old Harbour is one of Holland’s best. Enjoy Mexican snacks, beers and cocktails. Our tip: order a Mexican Bulldog Margarita.

Address: Spaanse Poort 71

3. De Tuin (van de vier windstreken)

At the edge of the lake known as the Kralingse Plas, with a great view of the skyline of Rotterdam, De Tuin is one of the most popular terraces the city has to offer, and not without reason.

Address: Plaszoom 354

4. Stoomschip ss Rotterdam

Experience the feel of a luxury cruise while enjoying a drink by the swimming pool on the rear deck, with a view over the river. A unique terrace if there ever was one!

Address: 3e Katendrechtsehoofd 25

5. Het Nieuwe Instituut

Combining museum, library, archive and cultural stage into one venue, Het Nieuwe Instituut is the ideal spot for culture lovers. The gorgeous terrace with its unique pond has been declared one of the best terraces in the country.

Address: Museumpark 25

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