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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“The iconic building on the Kop van Zuid used to house the offices of the Holland America Line. Many ships to America departed from this spot. Now it is Hotel New York, a great place to spend a night in one of the unique rooms or just spend a sunny afternoon on the terrace overlooking the Maas. Nice area for kids to run around. The hotel has a lovely shop as well. Don't forget to take the watertaxi back to the city center!”
  • 135 locals recommend
Farmers Market
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“Alternative for the touristic Markthal. This is the local one. With their own beerbrewery (sorry I don’t like the taste) but for nice drinks and eating a hotspot”
  • 132 locals recommend
Bridge
“The Erasmus Bridge is a striking feat of engineering and a must-see fixture on every Rotterdam visitor’s itinerary. The bridge and its surroundings have plenty to offer the curious visitor, from enjoying the historic Delfshaven to exploring the futuristic Kop van Zuid with its skyscrapers, Hotel New York and the Nederlands Fotomuseum. The Erasmus Bridge is also the backdrop for numerous spectacular events.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Building
“The Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) is a furnished museum house, specially designed and constructed to let the visitor experience what life is like in a Cube House. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Market
“Everyone who loves good food will enjoy the Markthal in Rotterdam. Here you will find ingredients and food from all over the world. And that for current prices. Taste the authentic taste of home, or go on a culinary journey of discovery. When you come on Saturday and Tuesday, the outdoor market is also held, with 465 stalls one of the largest markets in the Netherlands.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A stunning building hosting a daily (indoor) market concentrated on food. Great for a quick bite or drink. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Market
“beautiful architecture, special marketplace with tastes from all around the world”
  • 56 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“The Kralingse Bos is a wooded park that surrounds the Kralingse Park lake. The park is popular with joggers and inline skaters. On and around the lake, you can sail, swim, or just relax in the sun beside your barbecue.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Lake
“Splendid view over skyline Rotterdam. Relaxed lake. Good for drinks and walking”
  • 71 locals recommend
Cinema
“Cinema with nice terrace on the water. Also nice to have a drink and a bite.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cozy atmosphere, friendly crowd. Especially nice on summer days / nights, thanks to the nice terrace.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Netherlands Photo Museum (Dutch: Nederlands Fotomuseum) (NFM) is a museum in the Netherlands primarily focused on photography. The museum collection consists of many historical, social and cultural images from the 20th and 21st century, from the Netherlands and elsewhere. It has control over more than 150 archives (three million plus images) taken by Dutch photographers. The archives are stored in climate controlled film storage facilities.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Possibly my favorite place in Rotterdam. Ex-indoor tropical swimming pool turned restaurant. Outdoor terrace along the Maas with excellent affordable food.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Little V is an absolute gem of a Vietnamese restaurant in the middle of town. Try and get a table outside weather permitting. They serve lunch and dinner. Little V is always packed so make sure to make reservations through their website. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Hotel
“On the 7th floor you have a restaurant and bar with a great view over the Erasmusbridge. Great place for drinks and taking pictures for your instagram. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
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“I like to have breakfast here on an easy Sunday morning. The place gets crowded so you might have to wait a little, but it is worth it. The breakfast options are varied and I absolutely love the fresh warm scones. Thier cakes are pretty good as well.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“The iconic building on the Kop van Zuid used to house the offices of the Holland America Line. Many ships to America departed from this spot. Now it is Hotel New York, a great place to spend a night in one of the unique rooms or just spend a sunny afternoon on the terrace overlooking the Maas. Nice area for kids to run around. The hotel has a lovely shop as well. Don't forget to take the watertaxi back to the city center!”
  • 135 locals recommend
Bar
“Cozy atmosphere, friendly crowd. Especially nice on summer days / nights, thanks to the nice terrace.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Possibly my favorite place in Rotterdam. Ex-indoor tropical swimming pool turned restaurant. Outdoor terrace along the Maas with excellent affordable food.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Little V is an absolute gem of a Vietnamese restaurant in the middle of town. Try and get a table outside weather permitting. They serve lunch and dinner. Little V is always packed so make sure to make reservations through their website. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Hotel
“On the 7th floor you have a restaurant and bar with a great view over the Erasmusbridge. Great place for drinks and taking pictures for your instagram. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Gluten-free Restaurant
“Urban breakfast and lunch. Large sunny outdoors overlooking the water. Also have a large 2nd in the city centre: Karel Doormanstraat”
  • 20 locals recommend
Café
“Rotterdam lunchroom in the city center for breakfast coffee lunch sweets and tea made of organic biologic local and sustainable ingredients.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Fresh and modern version of tapas. Nice location next to the water, especially beautiful terrace in the summer. Reservation recommended.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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