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24 hours in Rotterdam

Popping to Rotterdam for a flying visit? Here’s our lowdown on the best places to eat, shop and even pamper yourself in the bustling city

Hannah Lewis / © Katie Wilson-Ells
City Guide
Hannah Lewis,

A dynamic city with an ever-changing skyline and a fearless approach to reinvention, Rotterdam is an ideal day-trip destination. This famous port town offers a wealth of shops, cultural attractions, festivals, restaurants and parks. SHOP spends a day exploring Rotterdam’s chic’s concept stores and tucking into the city’s best burgers.

Vying for the title of Rotterdam’s most stylish concept store, Groos brings together a chic edit of fashion, music, art and lifestyle products. Named after an old Dutch word meaning ‘pride’, the store is so called because it sells only local products and proudly showcases the work of the city’s most talented creatives. Expect an original and tempting array of men’s and women’s clothing, alongside accessories, food and homeware.

Groos, Schiekade 203, 3013 BR Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 414 5816

New York Barbershop
New York Barbershop offers a traditional gentleman’s grooming experience. The family-run business has been in existence since 1884, though its premises in the basement of Hotel New York are considerably newer. Visitors can enjoy a haircut alongside a luxurious wet shave or beard and moustache treatment in a setting designed to evoke the atmosphere of a classic 1930s barbershop in New York’s Brooklyn area.

New York Barbershop, Hotel New York, Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 485 3196

Inconcept bills itself as a store, restaurant, showroom, studio, juice bar and event space. The multi-faceted venture is spread across three floors and is designed to give creatives, young professionals and interesting start-ups a platform on which to present themselves. As a result the store’s offering is as original as it is varied, spanning fashion, food, beauty, design and art. The in-house espresso bar is also worth knowing about – the great coffee and relaxed atmosphere make it the ideal meeting spot.

Inconcept, Coolsingel 83, 3012 AE Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 226 2290

Bar and restaurant Admiraliteit is in the city’s lively Kralingen neighbourhood, in an historic building overlooking the marina. The bar offers more than 200 spirits, from Japanese single malt whisky to American moonshine, and an exemplary selection of cocktails, from the classic to the experimental. The upstairs restaurant offers diners a view of the open kitchen where chefs prepare Admiraliteit’s signature Franco-American fare. Menu highlights include tuna tataki lollipops, prime beef sliders with truffle cream, and homemade cheesecake.

Admiraliteit, Admiraliteitsstraat 17B, 3011 EJ Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 414 2795

Mostert & Van Leeuwen
Rotterdam’s Mostert & Van Leeuwen menswear store in Van Oldenbarneveltstraat stands out for its first-class service, insider knowledge and wide range of cutting-edge designer products from names such as Jil Sander, Paul Smith and Wooyoungmi. Its womenswear store, further along the same street, showcases an equally well-judged selection of pieces by brands such as Chloé, Erdem and Sonia Rykiel. Alongside ready-to-wear, both branches sell a covetable selection of skincare products. The team behind Mostert & Van Leeuwen takes pride in its client service, and visitors can always be certain of a warm welcome and expert advice.

Mostert & Van Leeuwen, Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 119 (men) & 129 (women), 3012 GT Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 404 8004

A little extra…
Be sure to try a bitterballen – probably Holland’s national nibble of choice – while in Rotterdam. These deep-fried savoury snacks, typically filled with meat, are traditionally served with plenty of mustard and enjoyed with a drink.



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