A Hipster’s Guide to Rotterdam

  • View of Rotterdam skyline from the euromast.

  • colorful street art of faces on the side of a brick building.

  • Inside of a market with colorful lights on the walls.

  • Interior of a retail store

  • View of the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam

The next time you are visiting the Netherlands, make sure to plan a weekend to the city that CNN has dubbed, “Capital of Cool”. While being recognized by major media outlets, Rotterdam has also landed recognition on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” list, “Top 10 Cities to See” by Rough Guide, and the “Top 10 Places to Go” according to the New York Times.

While Googling your way through all of the city guides and online travel tips, you will, of course, learn about the city’s must-sees; the mind-blowing food market hall, the tallest building in Rotterdam, the Euromast, the Cube Houses and of course a wide variety of museums. However, let’s showcase this city in a different way!


Bring your tattoos, camera, mini dachshund and let’s get going on our hipster’s guide around Rotterdam!

1. Groos
Visit this innovative concept store for your true Rotterdam must-haves. Groos’ inventory is exclusively made by local suppliers and includes everything from fashion, design, and art to books, paintings, and food.

2. Burgertrut
The place to be for homemade veggie, vegan, and organic burgers. The CIAO MARCO 3.O is my favorite! A spinach, feta, and risotto burger. This restaurant is part of a deviant Rotterdam art-platform, presenting young talent and unconventional art. Here, they have it all! Exhibitions, experimental performance art, films and club nights.

3. Baker’s Dough
The very first cookie dough bar of The Netherlands! Create your own favorite cookie dough with your desired ingredients like coconut flakes, maple syrup, marshmallows or vanilla fudge. My guilty pleasure is the U’R peanuts with peanut butter, white choco dough, nuts and salted caramel! #JustDoughIt

4. Urban Art
Rotterdam’s street art scene is not to be missed. Take a 7km art tour featuring 25 artworks, made by a lot of talented street artists. This tour offers a great diversity of mediums – presenting abstract, colorful, black & white, and cartoonish art.

5. Gin Tour
A true hipster is, of course, a G&T fan! But what about learning more about your favorite drink? Book yourself a Gin Tour: gin tastings, fun facts about the making of gin & tonics and gin in general. A great experience! This tour is only available on Saturdays.

6. Schorem Barbershop
Get your famous classic cut here: pompadours, flat tops, contours or other styles featured on Schorem barbershop posters. This is an old school men-only vintage barber shop. Their slogan is: “What we do is not fashion, it is style”.

7. Flea Markets
A great way to mingle with the locals is to check out one of the flea markets. The most popular one is the Swan Market, where you can find antiques, second-hand clothes, and plants, all accompanied by food trucks and a fresh produce market.

8. Cocktail Bars
The hip Aloha Bar is the former tropical swimming complex where you can now enjoy cocktails and the ‘feed me menu’.Hilton Rotterdam offers special signature G&T’s every Friday during beGIN your weekend at the bar and restaurant Roots.

Experience Rotterdam as the hipsters of today, while staying at Hilton Rotterdam. Located in the vibrant city center within walking distance of the Rotterdam Central Station. An interior with classic elegance and stylish modernity. Plus, the exterior is named a national monument. Hilton Rotterdam is the ultimate urban retreat. The hotels offer multiple culinary hotspots and an Executive Lounge when staying in an Executive room or suite.

Rotterdam features fantastic architecture, trendy nightlife, and sophisticated shopping.
An innovative city with an ever changing skyline. Rotterdam is a must-see hipster city! #MakeitHappen




This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Nikki S. Are you interested in traveling to Rotterdam? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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