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Discover the best terraces in Rotterdam

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Outdoor Dining in Rotterdam


The sun is shining, go eat outside!

When wintertime is over and the girls start wearing their skirts again, city people do anything to enjoy the beautiful weather. On a sunny day, the outdoor eating areas in Rotterdam are the place to be. Having a drink and some finger food is the Rotterdam way to relax after some ‘tiresome’ shopping… Lay back after work or during the weekend and people watch in a trendy outdoor atmosphere. You can do it in Rotterdam!


Popular outdoor eating areas in Rotterdam

Most restaurants with terrace are located at Stadhuisplein (the square facing Rotterdam City Hall) and within the Old Harbour (visit party hot spot Café Plan C). Stadhuisplein is always very crowded with tourists due to its central location. In summer there's always a party going on, usually with loud beats until early in the early morning at the Après Skihut and Get Back, all serving dinner on their outdoor terraces. The nostalgic Old Harbour is a popular nightlife area as well with many outdoor eating areas, usually visited by students. The terraces here are always crowded, so have dinner or a drink with a nice view at the historic ships and the Cube Houses.


Outdoor eating areas in Rotterdam with a nice view

Hotel New YorkCafe Rotterdam and the nhow Bar offer outdoor cafe terraces with a great view on the river Maas and the huge vessels sailing by. For peaceful outdoor eating on a waterfront terrace, don't miss De Tuin and the Boathouse Kralingen, located just outside the city centre but with a lovely view at the Lake Kralingen. The Harbour Club Rotterdam terrace is located in the beautiful and green park near the Euromastand on the cafe terrace of Staal under the World Trade Centre Rotterdam, you can watch the shoppers. BliKis located within the Lloyd Quarter and boasts a small sandy beach with a view at the huge ocean-going vessels. On the wooden terrace of Prins van Terbregge in Hillgersberg in the North of Rotterdam you can enjoy the view on the river Rotte. The terraces of Zalmhuis and Prachtig have recently been rewarded as the best outdoor eating area of the Netherlands, due to their great view at the river Maas. Last but not least, if you like a waterfront view, the pretty sandy seaside terrace of Villa on the Beach in Hoek van Holland ist a must visit!

Villa on the Beach

Have lunch or dinner on the sandy beach of Hoek van Holland and party at night.

Gauchos aan de Maas

Argentine grill restaurant with fine steaks and a terrace with a great view at the river Maas in Rotterdam.

Hotel New York

Popular restaurant / terrace with a great view at the Maas. Serves afternoon tea, a-la-carte dinner and shellfish from the oyster bar.


Enjoy lunch or dinner at this restaurant with a pretty street terrace in the Meent shopping area.

Old Harbour

Relax at the Old Harbour of Rotterdam with the 'White House', many outdoor bars and restaurants and historic ships.

Café Plan C

Party on the dacefloor or relax and dine on the waterfront terrace in the old harbour.


Enjoy the typical French dishes, like in Paris mixed with an art nouveau atmosphere. A lovely riverside terrace.

Café Van Zanten

Drink, lunch and dine at the sunny terrace located at the market square of Rotterdam.

Eating out in Rotterdam

Rotterdam offers plenty of restaurants for a nice dinner or a good breakfast. In the summer you can eat outside!

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Villa on the Beach

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One of the best panorama's of Rotterdam with a view at river Maas and the Erasmus Bridge.


Located in the middle of city center and the ideal stop for a break during shopping!