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Having Lunch and Dinner! 

Rotterdam is a destination full of restaurants, there are more than a thousand restaurants in which there will also be a great variety in the type of cuisine.

Of course, it is advisable to know that Dutch people don’t use to take breakfast, most of them use to wait until the Lunch time, for the lunch which is around 12:00 pm and 14:00 pm they usually take something fast, as a bread with butter, cheese, ham, salmon, etc over it.

Will be at dinner when they forget to count the calories, 17:00 pm dinner starts.
In the restaurants, the kitchen closes around 21:00 pm, but in Dutch families, dinner is taking normally at 18:00 pm.

Diversity of food

Rotterdam has many restaurants and many of the cuisines on offer reflect the extremely diverse ethnic composition of this city, including the very bizarre Bazar Restaurant, a three-story Turkish restaurant, and the Indonesian Satebar. The best Mexican food is served at KUA Taco Bar, remember to order a frozen Margarita! For something 100% native board aboard the Pannenkoekenboot, which combines a ride on the river with unlimited Dutch pancakes.

Snacks and To go

The areas in which the range of choice is extended are located in Westersingel and Mauritsweg. And if you are looking for cheap eateries to get a snack or to go, the area you will visit is Lijnbaan, where you will find many oriental fast food restaurants, among other specialties.
In the Westkruiskade area, you can enjoy Thai specialties and other oriental delicacies.

Markthal – a Food Paradise!

Markthal opened its doors on October 1, 2014.
A market with an original design, in addition to your daily groceries, you can not do everyday groceries in Markthal however with 96 unique shops and 20 shopping and catering establishments you will find the most varied food offerings in the Netherlands.

Dutch Gastronomy

if you really want to taste Dutch gastronomy, you should know that specialties made with potatoes, vegetables, seafood, and fish stand out.

Rijsttafel – Rice table

Made from rice and added to the Dutch kitchen for the Indonesian culture, you will find it all over Rotterdam, and the whole country, your visit to the Netherlands wouldn´t be fully complete without a visit to an Indonesian restaurant.

Our recommendation is to visit Dewi Sri, an Indonesian restaurant in the city with many history and taste!

Bitterballen and kroketten

Dutch people like drinking beer, then they make a space for the tummy and they order this snacks.
Delicious, deep fried crispy meatballs traditionally served with mustard or mayonnaise for dipping, they’re the ultimate in Dutch pub snacks and can be found on the menu at most drinking and eating establishments.

 Haring Herring

Every visitor to The Netherlands should take one. You’ll see herring caravan serving up this Dutch specialty all over the city and the street markets in different areas from Rotterdam.
Join the experience and ask for a ‘broodje haring’ to get the fish served in a small sandwich with pickles and onions.

Always remember to lift the fish in the direction of your mouth and eat it as shown in the picture, typical Dutch.

Patatjes – Dutch fries

They are not just fries, they are Dutch fries. The secret is in the way of cutting potatoes and the submerged minutes in the oil., they come traditionally served in a hot paper cone with any manner of tasty toppings, mayonnaise, mustard or ketchup.

Our place in Rotterdam is Friet Boutique, a place where they serve happiness in the form of fresh fries every day!

Erwtensoep – Pea soup

Dutch people prepare this delight in the coldest months, they take it super hot, this makes them forget the cold of winter. This soup is a stew of green split peas, different cuts of pork, celeriac or stalk celery, onions, leeks, carrots, and often potato. Slices of smoked sausage are added before serving.

But what attracts most tourists to the table are their desserts and sweets:

Appelgebak – Apple pie

The basis of Dutch apple pie is a crust on the bottom and around the edges. Cinnamon and sugar are generally mixed in with the apple filling. It can be eaten warm or cold, sometimes with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Pannekoeken – Dutch pancakes

They are usually larger and much thinner than their American or Scotch pancake, but not as thin as Crêpes. You could order them with all kind of ingredients, sweet or salt.
Dutch pancake typically cooked with various sweet or savory fillings, including bacon, cheese, and apples.


In fact, one piece is two thin waffles stick together with a layer of sweet syrup, you will find these delectable delicacies all around the city and country, enjoy them hot.

Jenever – Gin 

Gin is a typical Dutch drink. The typical Dutch gin has a manufacturing process very different from the London Dry and contains less alcohol. Gin is drunk alone in a wide and small glass.

Enjoy a Free Walking Tour thru a local view from our guide Michael van Olffen, his tour Special Bars and Restaurants in Rotterdam will make you get hungry but also understand why the gastronomy of this city is so varied and original.

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