10 Things to eat in Rotterdam and where

L'Holland it is certainly not world famous for its cuisine. The dishes proposed in large cities such as Rotterdam o Amsterdam are often the result of a mixture of European or international flavors.
It is undeniable, however, that even in this country you can eat more than well: here is an exclusive ranking of 10 best courses served in Rotterdam restaurants.


  1. Bagel
  2. Stew
  3. Nieuwe Haring
  4. Patatje Oorlog
  5. Stroopwafel
  6. Soup
  7. bitterballen
  8. Poffertjes
  9. Hairdresser's
  10. Sandwich
  11. Where to eat in Rotterdam: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bagel

Rotterdam locals have successfully imported the "fashion" of bagels from the Big Apple. These ring-shaped buns they are stuffed with any food, sauce or spice inside. The Dutch usually consume them for breakfast, to give themselves a maxi charge of energy.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: from € 3,00 to € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: bagels, cream cheese, avocado, salmon

2 - Stamppot

We could consider it one of the "pure" dishes of the Dutch culinary tradition. Often served with an accompanying sausage or frankfurter, stamppot is delicious mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: mashed potatoes, endive, salt

3 - Nieuwe Haring

A popular fish course in Rotterdam is the nieuwe haring, literally "new herring". Raw, filleted, simply topped with pickles, this dish is often eaten with the hands, by sliding it down the throat, or accompanied by a soft bread roll.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 1,95
  • Main ingredients: herring, onions, pickles

4 - Patatje Oorlog

One of the main ingredients of Rotterdam cuisine is the potato. The patatje oorlog are none other than French fries served in a restaurant or in the classic street food cone, often seasoned with onion, peanut sauce and mayonnaise.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner or as a snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, mayonnaise, onion, peanut sauce

5 - Stroopwafel

In Rotterdam you can treat yourself to a sweet snack break with the delicious stroopwafel, imported from Gouda. It is crumbly waffle biscuits, filled with exquisite caramel syrup.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: around € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, syrup

6 - Soup

In Rotterdam the soups they are almost an institution. From onions to fish, passing through legumes (especially peas and lentils), you won't find a single restaurant in the city that doesn't have a variant of this hot first course on its menu.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 to € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: broth, salt, pepper, vegetables (onions), legumes (peas), various kinds of fish

7 - Bitterballen

One delicious aperitif or a brought by street food? An example of finger food or an appetizer to be enjoyed while waiting for a lavish Dutch lunch? I am all this and much more the bitterballen, meatballs with an irresistible flavor. Thanks to the long marinating of the meat and its boiling: the meatballs literally melt in your mouth!

  • recommended: as an aperitif, snack or as an appetizer
  • Average cost: from € 2,00 to € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: beef, flour, beef broth, black pepper

8 - Poffertjes

I am one of the Rotterdam's most popular sweets the poffertjes, small Sweet crepes sprinkled with a "snow" of powdered sugar.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, or as a dessert after a meal
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: buckwheat flour, milk, yeast, sugar

9 - Kapsalon

A Dutch variant of the kebab, of Turkish derivation. In Rotterdam, asking for kapsalon is equivalent to having lunch with a super dish based on meat (especially lamb), fried potatoes and spicy sauce, usually served in an aluminum pan.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 5,00 to € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, potatoes, lettuce, cheese, spicy sauce

10 - Sandwich

Rotterdam imported another important culinary delicacy from the USA, sandwiches. It might seem like a dull and obvious course, but in reality a lunch with a delicious club sandwich is not only satiating, but can become a truly heavenly moment for our taste buds!

  • Recommended to: lunch, snack
  • Average cost: from € 8,00 to € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: bread, eggs, mozzarella, tomatoes, cheese

Where to eat in Rotterdam: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

From affordable restaurants to unique venues for celebrating special events, Rotterdam caters for everyone's needs. Here are the best places to eat in Rotterdam.

1 - Het Eethuisje van Delfshaven

  • Description: A family-run, tavern-like establishment located in the Delfhaven district, which alone is worth a visit. It offers local cuisine with excellent value for money
  • specialty: the soups
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Mathenesserdijk - Get directions - Facebook page

2 - Zeezout

  • Description: very modern and elegant restaurant, specializing in fish cuisine. It has a not very extensive menu and a good choice of wines
  • specialty: seafood
  • Average price: from € 90,00 per person
  • Address: Westerkade - Get Directions - Website

3 - Bierhandel De Pijp

  • Description: restaurant with a typical Dutch appearance, it has the characteristic of showing the open kitchen in the center of the room. The menu features simple dishes
  • specialty: duck fillet
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Gaffelstraat - Get Directions - Website

4 - The Fish Market

  • Description: very simple place, which gives the idea of ​​eating street food, with a menu based exclusively on fish
  • specialty: fried fish
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Binnenrotte - Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Dertien

  • Description: the characteristic of this gastropub is to focus on a menu consisting of typical Dutch products at zero kilometer. Stylistically, the place is very welcoming, albeit informal and dated
  • specialty: dishes with vegetables
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Schiedamse Vest - Get Directions - Facebook Page
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