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Coconuts: Dance, Eat and Drink
This is a place where you can eat, but at night the youth of Rotterdam goes here to drink and dance. The food is pretty good, but at night the average age goes down to about 18.
Favorite Dish: I had some pretty good spare ribs here, with one of these bowls with water and towels to wash your hands.
De smaak van Afrika: Taste of Africa
This is a small restaurant, but it's nicely decorated and the service is really good. You can get real african banana beer and eat traditional African dishes, including enjara's.
Favorite Dish: The 'De smaak van Afrika' dish has different kinds of meat, fish and veggies that you can eat with your hands, wrapped in an enjara. It's really authentic and something different.
Dudok: Great choices
Its located in one of the older buildings of Rotterdam and it has a special look. It used to be an insurance office and the rstaurant is named after the architect who designed this building.There is a lot of choice, you can just go there for a drink too or to eat some nice pastries and cakes.
Favorite Dish: I ate the Dudok sandwich which was very big and tasty. My partner had the dish of the day which was also very nice. The staff was very friendly too.
Kaldi: Best coffee in town
This is a very nice place, run by a local girl who works her butt off to keep the place going 7/7. She has a great love for coffee and tea and it shows... Best coffee in the country!
Favorite Dish: Latte Macchiato!!!!
Chinny: Try Surinamese
Surinamese food is popular in Holland as it is a former colony. It can be very spicy depending on which dish you choose. A favourite is chicken in spices served with rice.
If you don't like that there is a good sandwich bar next door.
Engels: Good rendez-vous spot near Central Station
The etablisment Engels is a good located place to make appointments with people to meet: close to the metro and Central Station.
Minus: you have to pay 0,50 Euro to use the bathroom! that is far too much, especially if you are a consumer and paid for your drink already.
Favorite Dish: I only had coffee and with 0,50 Euro for the toilet I don't think I will ever dine here!
Bazar: eastern cuisine
Turkish, Moroccan and eastern cuisine in general. Everything I tried was delicious. Authentic atmosphere and beautifully decorated. The music was also well chosen for this kind of restaurant. Every employee was very helpful except from one specific waitress (but you can get that anywhere, right?) Be sure to make reservations.
Dudok: A Rotterdam classic
One of our favorite hang-outs is Dudok. This is a combination of a café and restaurant and it's located in the center of town. This place is named after it's architect. The design of this building is one thing that makes this place special. The ceiling is very high and there's lots of light due to all the glass. This combination creates a setting with a lot of atmoshphere.
Dudod is almost always filled with people with peaks during lunch and dinner. A lot of people (incl. yours truly) come here regularly just to enjoy a drink with friends and....the Dudok Apple Pie. Really, you have to try this. Dudok has its own bakery and all their pies are homemade. The apple pie is their specialty in it is very famous among the Rotterdammers and anyone who's ever been here. You can order a piece cold or warm, with or without sweetened whipcream or you can take a complete pie home with you. But, the best combination can be found on their dessert menu: Warm Dudok Apple Pie with sweet whipcream and cinnamon ice cream. Yum!
The pictures shown here are taken from their website.
La Borsa: Great pasta and always something going on
It's located right on the Coolsingel, the city's artery. It's almost always crowded and has a nioce bustling atmosphere. Not, haute cuisine, but it has yet to disappoint me.
Favorite Dish: Tris di Pasta - three different kinds of pasta. It's always different.
Also, try the Vitello Tonnato as a starter
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FLOOR: IN THE HEART OF ROTTERDAM.....
Café-Restaurant FLOOR is a very nice place to go ......
You will wonder about the enormous terrace they have at the back side of the building.
Inside it is cosy and snug but the best place is the terrace in Spring, Summer and Autumn (weather permitting of course!!).
The terrace is split level, lots of plants and trees which form cosy, private corners......birds come to beg for crumps of all the fine spices you eat!
Favorite Dish: It is great to sit there when dusk is coming in and the lanterns and candles are lit....
They serve very tasty dishes: their soups are formidable......especially the soup with lots and lots of the finest shrimps......and also the onion soup (gratiné....)
Whatever you will order: it will surprise you.
You can also make reservations for (little) groups / family or other......
Greek Restaurant Olympia: Try the Sagapo Dish (Love dish)
Nice atmosphere..good food and service..and you can eat as fast or as slow as you like..It's a two floor restaurant where it's always busy. Be sure to reserve your place when going there in the weekend...
There is a bar but not so much space to sit or stand there waiting...
When the weather is right you can also eat outside the restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Kolokithakia..An delicous appetizer...just try it.. Something else that's very nice especially on a hot day is a Frapé. This is ice coffee.
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Gauchos 709: Dont miss out a good steak Meal
The Staff in this resturant. is very pleasant and helpful. even there can speak english very well. . even if you cant speak dutch! the Beers is cheap as well . also. there cook your steak how you wanted it either medium rare or well done
Favorite Dish: I had a three course meal and it was a set meal for 17 euros and 50 cents . which was great i had a soup then followed then a steak with fries and salad but you help your self to the salad cart !once then the dessert was ice cream with pancake!
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ZIN Reizen en Spijzen: Food and Travel
This location is a combination of a travel agency, grand-café, lounge and restaurant. You can book a trip here or read something about travelling while eating one of the delicious courses. The menu of the restaurant is very good and very internationally orientated!! You can find courses from Sweden to Marocco and from USA to Australia. If you want to eat a bit of everything, there is a Tapas menu too!
Favorite Dish: I had a Chicken saté with pandan rice. My friend had huge Carpaccio. Both dishes were excellent and the portions were very good too!!! As a desert my friend had Ben & Jerry's icecream and I had a Lemoncake with forest-fruit parfait. I have only been here once yet, but will certainly come back!!!
It is not a restaurant, but a...
It is not a restaurant, but a takeaway called Panini's, they have the best sandwiches in whole Rotterdam, likely in whole Holland. Italian style, which they bake them self and fill em with whatever you want (as long it is on the menu)
They also have very good slices of pizza's, eveery time I am in Rotterdam, I have to go and get me a sandwiche, they are just too good.
MAde by real italians, so they are good (oh and the espresso is good too)
Favorite Dish: just any of the sandwiches will do, YUMMY
Traditional Indonesian kitchen (not Chinese !), and one of the best adresses in Rotterdam. Nice atmosphere, and normal prices ($60 for 2 pers.)
Favorite Dish: The wellknown 'rijsttafel', a lot of several traditional Indonesian dishes. Try also the kebab of goat, called 'sate kambing' and 'sambal goreng buncis dan telor' (eggs and haricot verts in spicy sauce).
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