The 5 most classy cafes in Rotterdam


A peacock with long flowing tail feathers reigns supremely over this fantastically decorated bar with an even better location. Drink your Golddigger or Naughty Schoolgirl cocktail while enjoying views of the marina. Even the food is classy and delicate here, including tiny Wagyu beef burgers or seared tuna on a skewer.

outdoor terraca at YOLO bar restaurant in  Rotterdam

Admiraliteitsstraat 17-B

2) Café De Ouwehoer

Café De Ouwehoer honours the raucous history of Katendrecht: it used to have the highest concentration of sailors, bars and prostitutes in Rotterdam. The tastefully executed interior is burlesque with lots of red velvet and naked busts. It’s a warm and inviting stylish bar with a very good whisky selection.

elegant and cozy interior at Café Ouwehoer Rotterdam

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3) Loos

Located on the corner of the fabulous Atlantic House (an impressive brick building in art deco style) and with a view of the historical Veerhaven, this is one of the best places to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of Chardonnay. Loos is a classic grand cafe and has an equally classic menu.

art deco and vintage bar interior at cafe Loos in Rotterdam

Nick Verwer

at: Atlantic Huis, Westplein 51

+31 (0)10 411 77 23

4) Bar Panenka

More gentlemen’s club than sport canteen, this is the most stylish sports bar you’re likely to find. They even have a private skybox. Watch a football game with your friends and enjoy a nice glass of beer and a plate of porchetta or hot wings.

lounge with footbal screening at Bar Panenka

5) Nieuw Rotterdams Cafe

A spacious grand cafe with metropolitan allure that’s named after the newspaper (NRC) that used to be located here. Recline in comfortable design chairs for a late afternoon drink (or two) and a snack. Downstairs is the club area that’s open till late in the weekend. They have a very nice terrace out front as well, a prime spot in bustling Witte de Withstraat.

decoration at the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Cafe

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