Roaming Rotterdam recommends trying these ten lunch spots located in and around the city center…
Let’s do lunch in Rotterdam! Whether meeting up with friends or catching end-of-season sales, here are some restaurants you might like to try when you’re out and about in the city.
Oh, and just to make your journey even more enjoyable, as from 1st January the council have reduced the cost of parking in their city-centre garages to €2 per hour for standard tariff. The cost of parking outside the centre remains at €1.67 per hour. Not only that, parking at the P+R areas will be free during the weekends if combined with a journey on public transport. [Note: This does not include P+R for Slinge, Kralingse Zoom or Alexander.]
“Roots” at the Hilton Hotel
Situated in the Hilton Hotel on the Hofplein “Roots” is a stylish and relaxing restaurant to unwind during shopping. You can also enjoy a beverage in the relaxing area adjacent to the restaurant.
Entrance via Weena 10, or Kruiskade 9
Lively Italian restaurant lunchroom (closes 17:00) offers dishes which are that little bit different.
Meent 31a, Rotterdam
Ten to Three Bakery
Ten to Three is a typically English tea room/café. The décor is friendly and warm and you can enjoy your sandwiches or cakes served on an eclectic mix of china. A fun place to lunch.
Jan Evertsenplaats 24
“Pastabar Sicily” in the Markthal
The Markthal offers a diverse selection of eating opportunities. One of my favourites is Pastabar Sicily.
Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298-unit 9 Markthal
Offering delicious lunch dishes which, in warm weather, can be enjoy in the garden. If the weather is not so wonderful (surely, never in Holland!) then sit upstairs and enjoy the view of the garden. Prides itself on serving delicious coffee.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 174
Koelela has based its reputation on using top quality ingredients (without artificial flavourings or colourings) and producing delicious hand-made cakes and biscuits. To eat in or take out and also to order via their webshop. Well worth the calories.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 79a
The Pepper Trial, as the name might suggest, is an Indian restaurant, but don’t expect your usual menu or décor. Open for lunch only at the weekends, or why not “shop until you drop” and enjoy dinner there.
Inside the Wereldmuseum you will find a relaxing lunch room which is also accessible independently of the museum. If you really want to spoil yourself the museum also offers a Michelin Star restaurant for which you must reserve in advance.
“Pillars” at the Marriott Hotel
“Pillars” is located in the lobby of the hotel and is ideally suited to meet up with friends close to Centraal Station. Or, if you are lunching alone, just sit and watch the world go by.
NRC (Nieuw Rotterdam Café)
This grand-café style restaurant is housed in the former office of the newspaper NRC. A trendy place to meet!
Witte de Withstraat 63