Saskia Naafs & Guido van Eijck Meet the authors Rotterdam

Guido van Eijck and Saskia Naafs are writers and journalists. They specialise in a wide range of topics, from politics and urban development, to photography and travel. They write for weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and for several national newspapers. Both Guido and Saskia were born in Rotterdam; they lived in Amsterdam for some years but recently moved back to their birth town.

"You can't beat Rotterdam's no-nonsense attitude and phenomenal skyline!"

What Saskia and Guido love most about Rotterdam:

"The metropolitan vibe which originates from its diverse population and is reflected in the wide array of cultural venues and restaurants from around the world. Also, you can't beat that no-nonsense attitude and phenomenal skyline!"

Saskia Naafs
Saskia Naafs

Saskia's perfect day in the city might look like this:

“I love walking the full length of the Oude and Nieuwe Binnenweg. This longest Dutch shopping street has everything you need: bookstore Van Gennep, the best record stores, vintage clothing and fun antiques shops, not to mention a high bar density! I'd surely reccomend having a nice strong coffee and bougatsa (Greek pastry) at Filo Filo two-thirds down the street.

I'd end our foray in historic Delfshaven, to admire the old harbour from where the Pilgrim fathers sailed to the New World. And then I'd choose one of the many terraces to settle down. I recommend De Ooievaar: friendly owners, and a great place for people watching.”

Guido van Eijck
Guido van Eijck

Guido's perfect day in the city might look like this:

“I recommend spending time in the south of the city. To go there, visit the Erasmus bridge and marvel at the most magnificent skyline in the country. You’ll find the excellent Dutch Photo Museum just across the street from Rem Koolhaas’ latest architectural addition to the city, the skyscraper De Rotterdam.

I'd have lunch at the Fenix Food Factory. These old warehouses have whatever you might fancy: dishes from all over the world, specialty coffee and local craft beer, a small bookshop and, las but not least, a terrace with view on the river Meuse.

Leave some room for desert. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Afrikaanderplein where you’ll find Nino, an Italian ice parlor that sells home-made ice cream and espresso. Go back to the city center via the Willems bridge – it’s red, you can’t miss it. Don’t miss the old Hef bridge in the background, an icon from early 20th-century harbour industry.”