Inspiration 3x Great hotspots in Rotterdam Centre

Written by Rob Ittmann

Are you sometimes lost when you're looking for a good central hotspot for coffee or lunch? We know the feeling. But don't worry, we'll help you out with these fun hotspots in the Rotterdam Central District. Ideal for a day of shopping or sightseeing.


Fun fact: Rotterdam has the largest number of flat roofs in the Netherlands. A super-creative way to put all these square metres to good use is by planting them with the country’s first large harvestable rooftop. Which is just what they’ve done at DakAkker (‘roof field’) on the seventh floor of the Schieblock.

As well as growing fruit, veggies and herbs, they also keep honey bees – and yes, sell the honey, too! It’s a green oasis of calm and tranquillity, with panoramic views across the city skyline... What could be lovelier?

Beers & Barrels Rotterdam

When one door closes, another opens. Beers & Barrels proves the old proverb, opening the newest location of its unique concept in the former premises of Mad Mick’s Breakaway Café. Beers & Barrels has ‘tap tables’ where you can draw your own brew. The beer is weighed and you pay by the kilogram.

Feel like something to nibble on whilst pouring your own pints? There’s a delicious menu to enjoy at the high tables with something to please everyone, from juicy burgers and spareribs to hearty steaks.

The Tea Lab

Tea, locally roasted coffee, cakes and a wide selection of other homemade delicacies – at The Tea Lab on Nieuwe Binnenweg you’re in for a treat. You’ll find no stingy tea boxes or limited choice of pre-packaged bags here. Au contraire: there’s almost too much to choose from! 36 kinds of tea and not a bag in sight. Loose leaf tea does take longer to steep, but The Tea Lab swears the flavour is absolutely worth the wait, so patience is well rewarded.

Sample their sweet Funky Flamingo blend or fresh Just Another Lemon Tree. Prefer the classics? No worries, they’ve got plenty of those too!

Written by Rob Ittmann
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