Hotel New York, One of the Coolest terraces of Rotterdam

There are several lists of the best terraces in Rotterdam, and most of the terraces on the list they are really good, no doubt about that, but there are a few terraces really refreshing because of there location at the waterfront of a river or lake.


Hotel New York. / Hotel & Restaurant

Once a busy quay where the liners of Holland America Line used to set sail. Nowadays a trendy hotel and restaurant and a great terrace with a good view over the city and harbour


Location: Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam at the ‘Wilhelminapier’ , Rotterdam’s ‘Manhattan’, with a few large buildings, New Orleans, Montevideo, The Rotterdam

Terace: in front of the Hotel, direct at the river ‘Maas”, there is alway’s a cool breeze.a very large terrace and often very crowded, but when you ask a waiter for a table, most of the time  he find something for you. Friendly serving. We used to order the “krabbepoten’ (crab legs) with some other sea food and a good bootle of wine.

At the green field in front of the terrace you could pick up a ‘beach chair’. You could easily order a drink or some snacks at the terrace bar and take it whit you to your favorite spot in the green field.

(Look out for the special Dogs ‘poop zone’)

Transport:by metro, bike, or the best way, take a water taxi, fast, funny and cool.


Hotel New York, One of the Coolest terraces of Rotterdam

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat. Our favourite street. The best addresses.

24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Our favourite street. ‘The Witte de Withstraat’, just a short walk outside the busy shopping area.

Various architectural styles characterize this street. In the 1970’s a bad reputation because of bad cafes and gambling houses. In the 90 ’s the street underwent a metamorphosis. Currently, the street is the place to be, trendy bars, many restaurants, art galleries, and museums.

At evening the street is one large terrace. A street that you should definitely visit at your stay in Rotterdam. I have a lot of great addresses to visit:

(Witte de With Quarter: Schilderstraat – Schiedamsevest – Witte de Withstraat, Westersingel, Museumpark)


Map Witte de Withstraat 


 24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Fashion: Margreeth Olsthoorn

Stands for high-end fashion, avant-garde and conceptual design, but also identifies herself with new and classical, young and established, rough or refined, all within high quality standards. This added with her own taste, experience, knowledge, vision, and experienced staff next to her and a lot of personal attention for the clients brings it all together as a whole.
Women- avelon * rick owens * barbara i gongini * maison martin margiela * a.f. vandevorst * ilaria nistri * bruuns bazaar * the last conspiracy * comme des garçons * april77 * royal republic *
Men- avelon * rick owens * francisco van benthum * y3 * the suits* mads nørgaard* thom krom* falke * comme des garçons * april77 * royal republic*

Margreet Olsthoorn

Schilderstraat 5, 3011 ER Rotterdam

010 2827542

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Breakfast-Lunch-Diner:  De Bagel & Burger Bakery: 

Start the day with a delicious cappuccino and a bagel. Also for lunch and dinner a good and attractive place. At morning it is a calm place, during lunch it could be very crowded.

Bagel Bakery. Schilderstraat 57. 3011 ER Rotterdam. 010 4121560

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Fashion: Design studio Armeni 

Design studio Armeni is both showroom and workshop. In the studio the designer designs Armeni unique coats, dresses, skirts, trousers and combinations of silk, wool, siphon, lace and organza. Unica which are characterized by additions of sophisticated applications and surprising details. Her style is elegant, theatrical and very feminine and primarily in black and white with a occasional trip to yellow, blue or red. The Interior is sleek, artistic and stylish. Selling only clothing of the own brand Armeni.

Armeni. Schilderstraat 61 a. 3011 ER Rotterdam. 010 4115980

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Gadgets: Danny the Cactus

An rarity of gadgets. Wide assortment of cacti in different shapes and sizes. They would be delivered complete with pot and saucer. Lamps in the atmosphere of 1001 nights. From Morocco, India, Egypt, Syria and Pakistan. Oriental mirrors in different sizes. Incense. Jewelry, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets from Morocco, Nepal, Tibet, India and Africa. A colourful shop.

Schilderstraat 63 a. 3011 ER Rotterdam. Tel:010 4130496

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Fashion:  Marlies Dekkers. Exclusive lingerie.

Marlies Dekkers, a famous fashion designer from Rotterdam. Known at home and abroad for its lingerie lines. Her designs are trendsetting, innovative and groundbreaking. Her designs are inspired by her own vision of life. 

Marlies Dekkers. Witte de Withstraat 2 . 3012 BP Rotterdam. 010 2809184

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Coffeebar & Bakery:  Hopper

Hopper is a charming coffee shop/lunch room, a industrial décor but atmospheric. Well known for homemade delicious fresh sourdough bread. In addition to a good espresso or capuccino you can also order a nice slowcoffee here. There is even a choice of six to ten different kinds of beans and five different ways to make a coffee. Start the day with a delicious breakfast, or take an extensive lunch or a drink with friends. Hopper also serves fine wines, ice cold beer and delicious snacks.

Hopper. Schiedamse Vest 146. 3011 BG Rotterdam. Tel: 010 4130638

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Fashion, Shoes:  Betsy Palmer

The favorite shoe store of many women in the Netherlands. Quirky, colorful and innovative collections shoes are sold under their own brand (BPR), (also online) the collection includes shoes for women who want to be seen and dare. The collection is cheerful, feminine, full of life and fun, often the trends ahead. Color and comfort, beautiful leathers, luxury, pure female.

Betsy Palmer.Witte de Withstraat 9 a. 3012 BK Rotterdam. 010 2132687

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dining- Hotel :  Bazar

Bazar lives up to its name; exotic, with colourful tables, special lighting and cheerful music does the restaurant think of a market on a exotic holiday destination. The dishes on the menu are mainly from North Africa and the Middle East. A rich breakfast or a surprising lunch is also possible. Hotel Bazar is one of the most exotic hotels of Rotterdam. The rooms are decorated in Oriental, African and South American atmosphere, a central location and a good starting point to explore the city.

Witte de Withstraat 16. 3012 BP Rotterdam. 010 2065151

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Fashion: Dance & Sportswear:  Paraddy 

 Studio Paraddy is specialized in ballet and dance supplies, for professional dancers but also the passionate amateur dancer. In addition, it also sells an extensive collection of fashionable fitness and casual clothing, but also dance shoes for ballet, jazz, street dance, flamenco or tango dancing … here you will find a wide selection of dance shoes. A charming shop.

Paraddy, Quality Dance & Sportswear

Witte de Withstraat 39 a. 3012 BK Rotterdam. 010 4115666

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Kids Fashion:  Klein Beginnen & Grooot

You’ll find an extensive collection of maternity wear, the cutest and sweetest baby clothes and shoes. Maternity wear brands: Queen Mum, King Louie,Noppies, Mamalicious en Love2wait. Baby clothes size 44 to 92, brands: Imps&Elfs, Kidscase, Noppies, Feetje,  Kik-kid, Petit Louie en  Claesen’s. Children’s clothing size 92 to 176 , brands: Bellerose, Imps & Elfs, American Outfitters, Claesen’s, Bengh, Scotch Shrunk & R’belle, but also exciting new brands such as the Belgian SOMEONE. Shoes of the brands Shoesme and Bunnies. Besides clothing they are selling also care products, books, gifts, toys, and a wide range in the field of children’s interior. Official dealer of Bugaboo strollers.

Klein beginnen & Grooot. Hartmanstraat 24 26, 3012 VA Rotterdam. Tel. 010 4123460.

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Gifts & Home Decoration:  Dirkx

A stylish gift and home decor shop, with a wide range of furniture and gifts from antiques to contemporary. Silk flowers and artificial plants.In addition also byoux and modeaccesoires, a perfect gift for a friend, colleague or just for yourself. The assortment changed per season of spring, summer, fall to winter. From October to december, you will find a big Christmas collection in which all the top brands are represented.

Dirkx, Cadeau & Woondecoraties, Witte de Withstraat 23 a. 3012 BL Rotterdam. Tel:  010 4147994

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Museum:  Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art

Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art is an international art institution with Rotterdam as a home base. Witte de With contemporary art explores and reflects on the world-wide social and political developments by means of exhibitions, theoretical and educational programs, symposia, live events and publications.Through the cooperation with young and established authors, curators, art Witte de With scientists and the public has an important national and international network. Meet Witte de With, every Wednesday and Sunday at 15: 00 we offer a free open entry level tour by an Executive. Reservation is not necessary, you are welcome to join. (free, excl. admission fee)

Witte de With center for contemporary art. Witte de Withstraat 50. 3012 BR Rotterdam. 010 4110144;

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Food & Drinks:  Restaurant Oliva & Trattoria Gusto

The kitchens of Oliva & Gusto working with the original Italian ingredients as a base,. and like most Mediteranian countries, the kitchen is tied to the seasons and using the freshest products, as this is the basis for the best final product. Daily changing menus and specialties. Oliva & Gusto used fresh suppliers who have a love for what nature has to offer. They working with free-range, organic vegetables and dairy as much as possible. Respect for nature and its pure flavors. They work purely traditional and within sight of the guest. With this kind of passion becomes the wish to make everything homemade. Bread and cakes every morning and ice-cream and pasta, it is home made.

Restaurant Oliva. Witte de Withstraat 15. 3012 BL Rotterdam. 010 4121413

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Trattoria Gusto. Schiedamse vest 40, 3011 BA Rotterdam. 010 2800812

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Food & Drinks:  Wijnbar “Het Eigendom”

In the center of the Witte de Withstraat you will find wine bar Het Eigendom. Large floor-to-ceiling windows, attractive interior and spacious bar. The public, business people, colleagues, loved ones and friends visit Het Eigendom for a good glass of wine or delicious snacks, an extensive lunch, dinner or a pleasant evening. With 135 differend wines, of which 35 can be ordered by the glass, the choice is very extensive. Every weekend on Friday and Saturday, there are different DJ’s. 

Het Eigendom. Witte de Withstraat 44 b. 3012 BM Rotterdam. 010 4137962

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Bar:  De Witte Aap

Seven days a week the café opens its doors at one o’clock in the afternoon to remain open until very late at night. The day begins quietly with art-lovers and people taking a rest from shopping with a nice coffee, or a refreshing drink. At the end of the afternoon the café becomes more and more crowded with, students, creative people and people coming from the offices nearby. Before you know it you will be enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Rotterdam. The Witte Aap is a lively café at any time, but during the weekends we try to give it a little bit extra. Therefore, on Saturdays we offer you the best DJ’s of Rotterdam.
  • Café the Witte Aap (meaning White Monkey) is named after ‘Snowflake’, the white monkey that used to live in the zoo of Barcelona until 2003.
  • Lonely Planet, best bar of the World (2009)


De Witte Aap. Witte de Withstraat 78. 3012 BS Rotterdam. 010 4149565

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Food & Drinks:  Nieuw Rotterdams Cafe

Located at a monumental building, the former headquarters of a Rotterdam newspaper (NRC) are now a Grand Cafe. In the different areas of the two-level property there is plenty of room for a nice breakfast, dinner or a drink. The House DJs ensure music on Friday and Saturday in the Atrium and in Next. They heat up the dance floor from 10 p.m. on. At Sunday there is live jazz in the Grand Café.

Nieuw Rotterdams Café, Witte de Withstraat 63, 3012 BN Rotterdam. 010 4144188

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Food, Indonesian:  Sate Bar

It is a new fast food concept appealing to people who wanted to taste promptly-served Indonesian food and get great value for money. Guests may choose to eat in, but the are also offer a take-away service. The Satebar offers lunch and dinner with delicious Indonesian food. There is plenty to choose from, including meat, vegetable and rice dishes from the celebrated Indonesian kitchen. Taste promptly-served Indonesian cuisine and enjoy value for money.

Sate Bar. Witte de Withstraat 51 a. 3012 BM Rotterdam. 010 4332241

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Food, Restaurant, De Engel (The Angel)

De Engel (The Angel) is a cosy restaurant in the heart of Rotterdam, on a beautiful location where you can enjoy a lunch or an extensive dinner. The most diverse heavenly cuisine is prepared with a lot of passion and craftsmanship. Using only the very best fresh ingredients. The seasons are dictating the menu. The perfectly matching wines ensures the ultimate culinary experience. A casual atmosphere and professional service. Heavenly cuisine, prepared with love! A must.

De Engel. Eendrachtsweg 19. 3012 LB Rotterdam. 010 413 8256

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24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Food, Restaurant, Hotel: Parkhotel & Restaurant The Park

The Park hotel in Rotterdam is the perfect mix of a metropolitan trendy hotel in the heart of a bustling port city. With the tranquility and personal service that fit to a luxury hotel. On a short distance walk you will find the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Witte de Withstraat and the Museum park. Beautiful spacious and attractively furnished luxury hotel rooms. Guests can enjoy culinary in our award-winning restaurant The Park-Inspired by top chef Erik van Loo, the hotspot for both locals as our guests. The decor is warm, cosy and contemporary. The Park offers an excellent quality at a reasonable price.

Bilderberg Parkhotel Rotterdam. Westersingel 70, 3015 LB Rotterdam. Tel: 010 436 36 11


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Food, Restaurant De Harmonie

The Interior of the restaurant is the perfect harmony between nature and the modern city, witch is a constant source of inspiration. Wood on the tables, flowers and impressive pictures of Rotterdam at the walls. Led by maître Bert Hall, he loves a challenge and combines professionalism with a healthy dose of humor. Beautiful dishes needs beautiful wines. The sommelier, Rianne Rodenburg has teamed up with maître Bert Hall a wine list comprised of more than one hundred wines, from the past until now.

Restaurant23/ De Harmonie . Westersingel 95 . 3015 LC  ROTTERDAM . Tel.: 010 436 36 10 . Fax: 010 436 36 08



24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Musea: nearby de Witte de Withstraat


24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

Museum Boijmans. Art with a big A, Frans Hals, Picasso and Salvador Dali.

It’s the combination of contemporary art and the old masters that intrigues me. Upon entering Boijmans van Beuningen, a world renowned museum, the first thing that attracts the eye is the modern, innovative wardrobe. The museum packed with millions of euro’s of art, is almost more famous for the way you can hang your coat. On weekdays it’s wonderful to walk around. Not to busy. So thats why I decided to make thursday museumday. It’s a little me time. There is this somewhat undefinable peace and quit in this place, which is wonderful while looking at Frans Hals, Picasso and Salvador Dali. Alongside the basic collection of art, Boijmans regurlarly organises new exhibitions. Like the original work of Salvador Dali. For more than two hours I walk around and order myself a cappucino at the bar looking out on the famous rose garden. Boijmans is art with a big A.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Museumpark 18-20. 3015 CX Rotterdam



24 Reasons to visit ‘De Witte de Withstraat.

The Sonneveld House Museum. Time travel to the early 30s;

The Sonneveld House Museum in Rotterdam is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It was designed in the early 1930s by the architecture firm of Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, also known for the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord Stadium. They were also responsible for the extraordinary interior, in close collaboration with W.H. Gispen. At the Sonneveld House Museum visitors can experience what it was like to live in a hypermodern home in 1933.
A striking aspect of the house is the way Brinkman and Van der Vlugt designed not only the architecture but also the complete interior. For the furnishings, they selected mainly furniture by the designer/manufacturer Gispen and fabrics by the firm Metz & Co. The Sonneveld House is probably the first example of an early modern interior where the products of these companies were applied consistently. The house was moreover equipped with the latest household gadgets to enhance the domestic pleasure of its inhabitants.

Museumpark 25, Rotterdam. Tel:  +31 104 401 200



Museum Kunsthal Rotterdam. Its one big hall full of art.

De Kunsthal opened its doors in 1992. The building, by design of the famous Rem Koolhaas, is a 3300 square meters exposition area. The construction mixes wood, marble, steel and concrete. Not a square inch in the building is the same. The expositions vary. From James Bond to famous drawings, cartoonists or the great old painters. When ordering a drink, take a closer look at the bar. Its completely made out of one concrete construction. A museum freak? De Kunsthal is situated nearby Boijmans and the Natural History Museum. I always enjoy the parc after a visit and with good weather you can find me at the pond of the Rose garden. Who knows I might spot a rich handsome doktor of the Erasmus Mc.

Kunsthal Rotterdam

Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341. 3015 AA Rotterdam. +31 (0)10 – 44 00 301



Maritiem Museum. Learn how the harbour works logistically

Its time for ships, boats and harbours. The Maritiem Museum, found at De Blaak shows the century old maritime history of Rotterdam. Its one of those interactive museums where you can explore on your own pace on your own route. But. If you have kids you really have to visit this museum! Kabouter Plons is a permanent part of the exhibition. Especially made for kids they can sail their own boat, drive a truck. And learn how the harbour works logistically. Situated on the rooftop of the museum (both in- and outside) you as a parent have a good view of the city while your kids are having fun loading a container on a boat.

Maritiem Museum. Leuvehaven 1. 3011EA Rotterdam





CitizenM Rotterdam presents The fashion connection

CitizenM Rotterdam presents The fashion connection

If fashion means more to you than just clothes, you see yourself as a fashion entrepreneur – or aspire to be one – or you just love exchange views on style, this one is for you!

CitizenM Rotterdam presents the fashion connection featuring the most talented designers, original boutique owners, and inspiring style connoisseurs Rotterdam has to offer.


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