Searching for the best bars and pubs in Rotterdam? We present you a fine selection.


Witte Aap
Witte de Withstraat 78
According to the Lonely Planet the best cafe in the world. Anyway, a charming small bar brimming with life in the joyful Witte de Withstraat.


Boomgaardsstraat 71
Great atmospheric alternative ‘German cellar’. Wunderbar is located beside Worm and NRC in the middle of the Witte de Withstraat. Tasteful beers, vegetarian bites and German sausages.


Melief Bender
Oude Binnenweg 134
This institute is a traditional Rotterdam hangout known as a ‘bruine kroeg’, literally: brown cafe. The oldest bar in Rotterdam is located in the most authentic pub street of Rotterdam, the Oude Binnenweg.


Karel Doormanstraat 1
This no nonsense bar close to the central station exists quite some years. Ideal for informal food, pool, beer and these days also cocktails.


Oude Binnenweg 120
Another classic in the Oude Binnenweg. Café Timmer is one of the those bars that aficionados of classic pubs should not miss.


‘s Gravendijkwal 127
Dizzy is a legendary jazz spot, the oldest jazz cafe of the Netherlands. In 1988 Chet Baker played his last notes in Dizzy. Situated in the red-light street of Rotterdam.


Nieuwe Binnenweg 19
For many years the intimate pop temple of Rotterdam specialized in small concerts. Warmly recommended for lovers of alternative music, based in one of the best nightlife streets of Rotterdam.


Schouwburgplein 128
Charming cafe that comes alive especially during the International Filmfestival Rotterdam in the cold winter months.


Café Pol
Meent 46-48
Busy cafe in the lively De Meent. In the summer you can expect a lot of people standing on the street at the corner adjacent to the Binnenrotte, originally a river.


Raampoortstraat 26-28
Quite new and already one of the hotspots in town. Not just a (jazz)cafe but also a restaurant and a club. During North Sea Jazz Bird is one of the prominent after party locations.


Schiestraat 18
A very popular beer garden that attracts a trendy young public. Also check out BAR, both based in the special Schieblock.


De Oude Sluis
Havenstraat 7
Another ‘bruine kroeg’ situated in the historic Delfshaven. On sunny days the terrace has great views of the inner harbour of the pittoresk Delfshaven, the oldest part of Rotterdam.


Cafe Steijn
Nieuwe Binnenweg 345
Pleasantly situated at a corner of the Nieuwe Binnenweg at the stately Heemraadssingel. Sun-drenched terrace.


Cafe van Zanten
Meent 44
Popular cafe at the lively Meent and Binnenrotte. Huge terrace in the summer period.


Bar Sijf
Nieuwe Binnenweg 115
Chosen as best bar in the Netherlands in 2019. Characteristic and versatile bar at the lively Oude Binnenweg. Also charming terrace in summer period.