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Best things to do in Rotterdam

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“This is the street where a lot of night life begins for lots of people. People come here to chill after work at 5pm, get a bite to eat at 7pm, or start their night out at 10pm. Take your pick. It's a leisurely 15 minute walk from my place, or if you're lazy, take tram 4, 7, 11 from central station.”
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“The place where a lot of Dutch celebrities hang out! There's an underground cocktail bar serving delicious American finger food. Upstairs you can enjoy the view over the water and have a nice dinner. This place is one you can't skip as it is such an important piece of history in Rotterdam. ”
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Art Museum
“To use thier own words: "a house for imagination, inspiration and creativity"”
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Scenic Lookout
“The Euromast was built in 1960 under the direction of Huig Maaskant, one of the prominent Rotterdam reconstruction architects. The occasion at that time was the Floriade agricultural and horticultural exhibition that was held in 1960. The length then was 107 meters. With a super fast lift you first reach the crow's nest where a panorama restaurant and the viewing platform are located. After that, slowly moving with the Euroscope, we go all the way to the top. The view is more than spectacular. The city, the skyline, the ports and even The Hague and the North Sea are visible with clear weather. ”
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Farmers Market
“A food market in an old warehouse in the old Rotterdam harbour for a great lunch or your 5 o'clock (craft) beer! In summer have your drink sitting outside on the quay. Just love it!”
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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
“On 10 minutes distance is one of the most beautiful zoo's in the Netherlands, the Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo, which was opened in 1857. It also has a large aquarium and several indoor and outdoor playgrounds for kids.”
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“Impressive bridge across the river Maas, nice walk to the other side. See Wilhelminapier.”
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Shopping Mall
“This new and iconic building is special because of the design and the fact that you can shop there for wonderful food.”
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Recreation Center
“It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in this country - a big lake park right next to the city. It changes its face and is equally stunning in all the weathers. If you like nature and a relaxed day. This is the place to go!”
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“Whether or not you are interested in architecture, this part of Rotterdam will blow your mind off! There are dozens of interesting buildings with all kinds of shapes around of the Markthal and are great for taking funny pictures! Show your creativity here!”
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Art Museum
“This building was designed bij the most famous architect of Rotterdam: Rem Koolhaas. They don’t have permanent collection, but it’s always nice to see what’s on. ”
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Boat or Ferry
“You get to see some amazing parts of the Port of Rotterdam, and there are a choice of tours for all budgets and tastes.”
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“The Markthal makes eating out in Rotterdam even more fun than it already was. Around the lively market floor and on the first floor are many special restaurants that represent a variety of cuisines. On the market floor there are 100 permanent fresh units and a number of separate units. On the lower floors there are another 15 food related specialty stores”
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Beer Garden
“German Biergarten themed outside bar. Very busy on the weekends and with nice weather.”
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Scenic Lookout
“Tower from which you can look all over Rotterdam (you can actually see it when you stand outside on the 's-Gravendijkwal, direction South.”
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“During nice summer days the lake and the parks around it get crowded by local Rotterdam people/students who lay and enjoy the sun, or make barbecue, or take a bath in the beach at the west side of the lake”
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