For our annual girlstrip, the 2018 edition, E. and I paid a visit to the Netherlands’ Capital of Cool; Rotterdam. As always we had a list with our to do’s, but as the weathergods weren’t exactly in our favor we had to adapt the shedule big time. Anyhow here are my tips for a weekend in Rotterdam peepz!
Lunch at Lot & Daan
Luckely we were able to start off our trip as planned; with lunch at Lot & Daan, located in Rotterdam’s Old Harbor. Make sure to check out this place if you love all-day breakfasts, healthy and freshly prepared lunches or dig an early dinner. The interior is also super fun, with pink walls (#interiorlove) and relaxing swings in the middle of the restaurant.
After lunch we walked around Rotterdam’s Old Harbor, which dates back to the 14th century. Inside of the harbor you will see a few old ships that are nowadays part of the Harbor museum and a shipyard where ships are beeing renovated. The view of the historic fleet gives the Old Harbor a very charming and pittoresk outlook.
What makes the Old Harbor so special is the mixture between historical and modern day buildings. This is very unique for Rotterdam as the city is usually all about modern. All around the harbor there are bars and terraces. I bet it’s super nice out there during summer!
The most famous buildings in the harbor are the Cube Houses. Tourists come from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the unique design. The Cube Houses were designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, who tilted a traditional, cube-shaped house 45 degrees and lifted it on a hexagon-shaped pylon. If you like to know what it’s like to live in a Cube House you can visit the so-called ‘kijkkubus’ (show cube house). You only pay a €2 entrance fee.
Next up: the Market Hall! As you know by now, when there is a food market in town I have to check it out. For once it wasn’t just the food that impressed me, but the desin of the market is pretty special too. The Market hall has the shape of a giant airplane hanger with a gigantic work of art on the inside. Another fact that makes this food market so special is the fact that you can actually live in the Market Hall. (The windows that you see in the artwork are actually apartment windows). About the food, there are over 100 food stands that offer fresh cheese, fruit, vegatables and other specialties that will make your taste buds jump for joy!
The Tea Lab is the place to be for cake and tea so that’s were we went. With more than 36 different kinds of tea, I’m pretty sure you will find ‘your cup of tea’! Haha!
Zzzzzzz… in Rotterdam
PREMIER SUITES PLUS always brings home a little closer and that was the case in Rotterdam as well. After a warm welcome we were allocated a room on the ninth floor. The kind receptionist told us that the views from up there are pretty amazing, but as we checked in after dark (like 6PM! I really don’t like this about winter) we couldn’t see much. We figured hey better luck in the morning and got ready for dinner.
Dinner at The Suicide Club
As it was really cold outside we didn’t feel like walking far and so we searched for a restaurant close to the hotel. The Suicide Club is a rooftop bar and restaurant located on top of the ‘Groothandels Gebouw Rotterdam’ and just across the street from our hotel. On the menu you will mostly find a fusion of European and Asian cuisine. I ordered the Chicken Thighs marinated in five species and E. had a vegetarian dish with portobello mushrooms. We also ordered the sweet patoto fries and Veggie Poké bowl to share. The food was very good in terms of flavor, but the portions where rather on the small side. Still a bit hungry we ordered the Chocolate dessert with Cherry Ice cream, which was very yummy! Especially the ice cream! If you feel like dancing, feel free to stick around, because on Saturday night, the restaurant transforms into a night club. We however, called it a night after a lovely cocktail! Time for bed!
Breakfast at Lebkov & Sons
After an amazing night of sleep (those Seventh Heaven beds, really made me feel like I was in ‘Seventh Heaven’) we were curious about that view… But guess what? Mist all around. So again no view! Guess we just have to take their word for it, when they say it’s amazing! #sadface
So time for breakfast: as PREMIER SUITES PLUS Rotterdam mainly focuses on longstays, it’s not possible to have breakfast at the hotel, but that wasn’t a big deal as we find a coffee spot, Lebkov & Sons, across the street. We had a yoghurt with fresh fruit & granola at Lebkov and went back on our way.
For our second day we had planned a trip to Delfshaven and the Euromast, but as it was so misty, and we could’t see a thing, we decided to go shopping instead. And if you can say one thing about Rotterdam, its that its truly paradise for shopaholics!
The big chains such as Zara, H&M, Hema and so on you will find in the streets; Lijnbaan, Coolsingel, Beursplein, Beurstraverse & Binnenwegplein and Hoogstraat. We didn’t spend a lot of time here as we have most of these brands in Ghent too, but when in The Netherlands I always pop in at Beijenkorf! They simply have everything a girl’s heart desires! And it’s extra charming during Christmas with the pretty window decorations. Another fun store in that part of town is Sostrene Grene, a Danish brand that offers all sorts of cute little things for your home in Scandinavians designs at very good prices! Bought some very nice Christmas cards there! Score!
Lunch at Bertmans
We had lunch at Bertmans, a cosy place that specializes in healthy, veggie friendly food, but where you can also go for a drink.
After lunch we quickly made our way to the Laurenskwartier with the Pannenkoekstraat and Botersloot, where the smaller boutiques are located, which was more our kind of shopping. We also stumpled upon La Chocolaterie Maya, an adorable chocolate store where you can also enjoy some yummy hot coco! I just had to go in!
Afternoon snack at SUE
Before heading home there was one more foodie hotspot to cover from our list; SUE. This adorable bakery is famous for its sugarfree cakes. Everything looked delicious, but I chose the Coco Choco cake (can’t go wrong with a combo of chocolat and coconut) and it was totally delicious!