I might be a Dutchie, in heart and soul, but there are so many cities I never explored in my own country. Now I don’t live in The Netherlands anymore it’s kind of aloud to be a tourist in my country and I totally take advantage of this. I’ve explored Rotterdam for one day and one night, and to be honest, this industrial city stole my heart.
I am taking you with on my short trip in this city. Showing you how I spend my time. Where I slept, ate, chill and had coffee. Be careful you might fall in love or wanna visit this city aswell. I can only say, do it.
Rotterdam is easy to reach by plane, car and train. I’ve took the train, because I was already in Utrecht. It only takes you 40 minutes from Utrecht. With the fast train from Amsterdam you will arrive on Rotterdam Central Station in +/- 50 minutes (supplement on the train, check website of NS. If you take the cheaper, slower train it is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Yes, The Netherlands is oh-so small!
Being a tourist in a city means that you’re staying overnight. What is a better way to spend the time in a cool hostel. After some time searching I found the awesome hostel which is only 15 minutes walk from Central Station.
You will find this best award winning hostel at number 74, which is almost at the beginning of Witte de With. When entering the hostel you will already see and feel why they were awarded. It’s looks cool, funky and cozy. After a warm welcome, perfect service and a free banana I could go up to the dorm. I was staying in the largest dormitory on the top floor, aka the loft. But if you are aiming for some more privacy, there are smaller dormitories and rooms available. So on the top, third floor, there was my bed waiting. The loft looks amazing. The dorm is decorated like an old gym. Really cool. Just one small disadvantage. No elevator in the building. So, after bringing my suitcase up I already did my workout for that day. No gym needed. In the end we slept with only 3 people in a 10 person room. Probably because it’s winter time in The Netherlands. My bed cost me only 16,50 euros per night.
After checking in, making my bed and fresh up a bit it was time to explore the city. I already made a list with things to visit in the area of the hostel. It was early in the afternoon and I didn’t had coffee yet. I decided to get a flat white for take-away at Hopper Coffee, which is just a 3 minutes walk from the hostel. I was also going back there the next day, so more about this place later on.
After my usual 8-hour sleep I woke up full of energy. I slept like a baby in this hostel. But it was time to check out. Check out is at 11:00, but I went a bit earlier. I could leave my suitcase here, so I could explore the city without thinking about my heavy luggage.
Time for breakfast! As I said before I went another time to Hopper Coffee. This place looks amazing. I already saw it on the internet and I was looking forward to see it in real. You can sit up- and downstairs. From up you have a good view over the place, but I prefer to sit close to the espresso machine, a Mirage by Kees van der Westen. Let me be honest with you. I am kind of a machine stalker. I’ve been working, no wait I found my passion for coffee, by this Dutch espresso machine. So, I always feel nostalgic when seeing these machines.
I found my spot at the reading table next to the bar. Hopper Coffee is using their own coffee. When I visited they had two types of espresso and three filter coffees. When in The Netherlands I like to take a french press, because you don’t see them so much in Barcelona. I let the barista choose and I ended up sipping an Ethiopian coffee. Well balanced, sweet, floral and light. I was impressed that they extracted so many flavors out of the coffee with a french press.
For my afternoon coffee, before catching the train, I went to Man Met Bril Koffie (translated: men with glasses). You walk here in 15 minutes from Central Station. I almost walked by, because I haven’t seen a sign. Luckily I found it. The place looks amazing, an open space with the roastery inside. Behind the bar two dedicated coffee guys. They let me try two types of espressos. Their more regular El Salvador and a funky Colombian. I was impressed. By the coffee, the skills and the passion of the baristas. It was fun hanging around, talk about coffee and try some espresso.
High on caffeine it was time to leave this industrial, but oh-so cosy city. I can only say: Rotterdam I felt in love with you and I will definitely come back.