I got invited to spend the night in the new hotel The James in Rotterdam and this was the perfect reason to spend some time in this lovely city. Let’s eat, sleep, coffee, repeat!
I fell in love with Rotterdam by the end of 2016 and I wrote a blogpost about it. If there is another chance to spend the night in this city, I totally say yes. I’ve invited my friend Sylvie to come join me. She works in Rotterdam, so we met after her workday went for dinner and some drinks, fell in a deep sleep in the cosy fluffy beds and in the morning she had to leave early for her job. This it was time for exploring Rotterdam and breakfast.
Like I said before I was invited by The James to come and do a sleep over for a night. This brand new pretty hotel in the centre of Rotterdam (Aert van Nesstraat, 25) was about to open and they were looking for guests to spend the night before the grand opening. To see if there is anything missing, or not working well. Well everything was working pretty damn fine! I was invited by my we-go-way-back friend Lara who works for The James. Walking in this hotel makes you feel like you walk in a 5-star hotel, even when it wasn’t completely finished when I walked in here. I guess it’s the combination of luxurious textile like velours and colors like gold and a dark ocean green. The James is unique in the three-star segment with 144 beautiful rooms. There is a 24/7 food market inside, so you will never be hungry. We were staying in a comfort twin room on the 17th floor with an amazing view over Rotterdam centre.
There are so many great places in the city to get your belly happy. But we were totally into Vietnamese food and Little V, Grotekerkplein 109, was still on my to visit list. This place is always crowded, so it’s smart to make a reservation before. The place is pretty big, dark, but really cosy. Lovely decorated. When you enter this place you feel like you’re on holiday! There are lot’s of different places to sit and with a fast, friendly and personal service. If you’re new to Little V someone will explain you the concept and they will always give you personal advice. There is no rush, because there is staff enough walking around. Well don’t let me start about the food. A menu with lot’s of options, which makes it hard to make a choice. Vietnamese food is quite famous for their meat dishes, so as a veggie the options are limited but definitely enough. Making decisions is pretty hard for me, so with limited options I am happy! I was even more happy with my choice. A big bowl, bun chay, full of veggies, springrolls, egg omelet and noodles. Couldn’t even finish this bowl how big, and yummy, it was. My friend took some steak from the wok and the smile on her face showed me that it must be tasty. We combined our delicious food with home made ice teas, limeades and cocktails, which are specially created for Little V. To keep Little V authentic, all the chefs are from Vietnamese origin. Another very authentic thing they serve and which is my greatest passion; coffee! Made with the traditional Vietnamese coffee maker. Too be honest I haven’t tried it, because I can’t drink coffee in the evening. So, will definitely go back to Little V for a tasty lunch with coffee as a desert.
As you might know I am big fan of newbies. Don’t now why, maybe because there is some new energy flowing around which I really enjoy. The brand new shiny machines, inventory, furniture and not too many options going around online. Here is newbie Harvest Coffee Brewers, Glashaven 107, created by Zjevaun Janga and Loes Beljaars. Had a lovely coffee chat with Zjevaun. After being some time in Melbourne, Australia, it was time to go back to Rotterdam and use all their knowledge to create their own coffee place. And they totally rocked it. What an amazing location with a harbor view while sipping your coffee. It’s a bit hard to find, because it’s located in the middle of the harbor, but defintelty a nice walk! The upper photo was talking on my way to Harvest Coffee Brewers, so enjoy the walk before you get caffeinated.
They use different roasters in the shop, like La Cabra, Manhattan Coffee Roasters and Man Met Bril koffie. Like always I ordered a double espresso. They had different coffees on the grinders to choose from, but I was going for La Cabra, Gishubi, Burundi, washed process, variety Bourbon, pretty high with 2200m. You could taste that it comes from pretty high altitude, because it was quite acidic exactly how I like my espresso. It was super fruity and really well made. This espresso made me so happy and I was sad when I could see the end of my cup. As you might know I’m pretty bad with caffeine, so I was totally caffeinated!
I’ve combined my espresso with some french toast, to make a perfect breakfast. And perfect it was. This was the best french toast I ever had. Not too sweet, not too dry, not too moisturized and with juicy strawberries, crunchy roasted almonds and some sweet creamy sauce and syrup on the side. I wish I could eat them again. Right now.
I am so happy Zjevaun and Loes opened up their own store, because it’s totally an addition to the Rotterdam specialty coffee scene. With not so many good coffee places in such a big town and no newbies for a long time, I think Harvest Coffee Brewers will be a great success. At least I will be visiting when in town, but I don’t think they will have problems finding specialty coffee loving customers! Keep up the good work!