Top five places to eat in Rotterdam


When going away on holiday, the issue of where and what to eat is a tricky one. The solution of which depends on many factors: are you on a budget? Do you want to sample something local or go with something familiar? We’ve tried to compile a little list of suggestions for your next P&O Ferries trip to Rotterdam.

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One of the most popular restaurants in Rotterdam is Vis aan de Maas, which is located right next to the river, 10 minutes south of the city centre (Schiemond 40B, Rotterdam 3024EE). It specialises in typically Dutch food, especially seafood and fish, and has a lovely view over the river Maas. Although the fish dishes are fantastic, both fans of meat and desserts will walk away satisfied.

A bit further north, and less focused on local cuisine, is Tai Wu (Mauritsweg 24-26, Rotterdam 3012 JR). This Chinese restaurant looks deceptively plain from the outside, but the combination of great prices and even better food makes this a lovely little place to drop in, especially if you’re on a family trip. The high amount of Chinese locals going there hints at the high quality of the food – try the duck and the dim sum.

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food . It’s like sex – even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. While on holiday, you might get a craving for something cheesy from the oven to mix things up a bit. Luckily, there’s Angelo Betti, Rotterdam’s best pizza place (Schiekade 6/A, Agniesebuurt). No reservations, tiny dining area, cheap, children-friendly, thin crust pizzas with only the freshest of ingredients – what’s not to like?

Dudok (Meent 88, Rotterdam 3011 JP) does a very nice breakfast and brunch, but also caters to hungry eaters in the evening. However, we would recommend to visit around late morning for a coffee/hot chocolate and a slice of apple pie.

Another very good place to eat with your family is middle-eastern eatery Bazaar (Witte de Wittstraat 16, Rotterdam 3012 BP). Here, your best bet is probably to go for one of the to-share platters including olives, pitta bread, lamb meat, etc. The decoration is slightly leftfield, with lots of lanters hanging around creating a lovely laid-back atmosphere.

To check out any of these places, maybe on a day visit to Rotterdam during your next trip to Holland, you can take one of P&O’s ferries to Rotterdam’s Europoort from Hull.

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