The charming city of Rotterdam is a must-visit on your trip to Holland. From big brands to amazing concept stores, and high end restaurants to independent cafés, we round up some of the best things to do if you're only in town for a flying visit.
Holland is one of the world’s leading cut-flower producers, so why not pick up a bouquet to liven up the hotel room during your stay? Niche is a small flower shop selling a colourful selection of plants and flowers. But you won’t find your typical bouquets here – in fact, you won’t find any pre-made arrangements at all. Alongside flowers, the shop also carries postcards and various vases from Dutch labels. Visit the website for more information on the flower-arranging workshops hosted on Thursday nights.
Niche, Nieuwe Binnenweg 235A, 3021 GC Rotterdam, +31 (0)68 113 8585
Bohemian by Jibodh
Bohemian by Jibodh is the creation of two brothers – Imro and Eric Jibodh – who had worked in the fashion industry for several years before setting up their own menswear store in 2013. Visitors to the welcoming space will find everything for a modern man’s wardrobe, from well-cut suits to smart casual pieces and jeans. Stocking a wide range of brands, including Dr Denim, Daniel Wellington and Bertoni of Denmark, this characterful shop is not to be missed.
Bohemian by Jibodh, Pannekoekstraat 48A, 3011 LH Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 737 1568
Opened at the start of this year, Parqiet is a charming café set in the park next to the Euromast. Serving a selection of delicious baked goods, sandwiches, juices and coffee, this is a picturesque and relaxing spot in which to enjoy a breakfast or light lunch.
Parqiet, Baden Powelllaan 20, 3016 GJ Rotterdam, +31 (0)65 315 1133
Located in the chic neighbourhood of Kralingen, Osteria Vicini is the ideal spot in which to end a day of exploring. The popular Italian restaurant offers a menu of simple, authentic Italian food – including a particularly indulgent tiramisu – in a friendly and welcoming setting. The newly opened Bar Vicini in the same building is a great place to relax with a cocktail in a retro-style setting.
Osteria Vicini, Kortekade 63-69, 3062 GP Rotterdam, +31 (0)10 890 0555