• 15-18 MAY 2019

Where to Eat

At Classical:NEXT 2017, there were bars and catering areas serving drinks and snacks throughout the expo within de Doelen, and once again, a free catered buffet lunch on site was provided to all delegates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12:30 - 14:30, with an additional buffet table for special diets in de Doelen's Arcadis Zaal.

For your evening meal, or if you fancy having lunch and exploring the city, you can find below a list of some of the best cafés and restaurants that Rotterdam has to offer.


Stadsbrasserie Rotterdam


Schouwburgplein 52
3012 CL Rotterdam
Phone: +31 103 132 473

Monday to Sunday 8:00 – 22:00

A great brasserie where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner: very good food – according to both professional and customer reviews. Jazz jam sessions on Tuesday. The restaurant recently opened and is situated inside the Classical:NEXT main venue de Doelen. It will offer a special menu for delegates, you can find a flyer with more information inside the delegates bag.


Hong Kong


Westersingel 15
3014 GN Rotterdam
Phone +31 (0)10 4664566

Monday to Saturday from 12:00
Sunday from 16:00

Situated around the corner from West-Kruiskade, Hong Kong is one of the best traditional Chinese restaurants in Rotterdam (including the equally tradional big fish tank). Highly regarded, and during the festival the unofficial headquarters of Operadagen Rotterdam.




West-Kruiskade 63
3014 AM Rotterdam
Phone: +31 102 136 596

Open daily 16:00 – 21:30

SOI 3 is known for its affordable and tasty Thai food, and its modern, friendly atmosphere. The dishes served at SOI 3 come from different regions in Thailand.


Holy Smoke


Tiendplein 1
3014 BH Rotterdam
Phone +31 (0)10 7371679

Open: daily from 10:30

At the end of the West-Kruiskade (still no more than 600 meters from de Doelen) Holy Smoke is the newest grill hotspot in town, with a wonderful big terrace, and a menu ranging from côte de boeuf to sandwiches and salads, all served from 11 a.m. until late in the evening.




Witte de Withstraat 16
3012 BP Rotterdam
Phone +31 102 065 151

Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 01:00
Friday 08:00 – 02:00
Saturday 09:00 – 02:00
Sunday 09:00 – 00:00

Beneath the exotic Hotel Bazar, this dazzling, lantern-lit, souk-style stalwart dishes up dolmades, couscous, hummus, falafel, kebabs, Turkish pizza, baked feta with mint and parsley, Persian lamb and more. Tables spill onto the pavement terrace.


Ter Marsch & Co


Witte de Withstraat 70
3012 BS Rotterdam

Open daily 12:00 – 22:00

This butcher-shop-turned-burger-bar sizzles up monumental burgers (such as Scottish black Angus, pancetta and truffle mayo), that recently saw it awarded the coveted honour of “Best Burger in The Netherlands”.


Dertien Rotterdam


Schiedamse Vest 30
3011 BA Rotterdam
Phone: +31 104 333 969

Monday 15:00 – 00:00
Wednesday to Sunday 15:00 – 00:00

Just around the corner of Witte de Withstraat, Restaurant Dertien is described by food critics as ‘nouveau rough’, original, and classic and modern at the same time. Most likely your dish comes out of the giant wood-fired oven. Gastronomically high-end, still homely and at very reasonable prices.


Trattoria A Proposito

Weena 505
3013 AL Rotterdam
Phone: +31 102 132 334

Open daily 12:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 21:30

Situated next to Central Station, A Proposito has all the charm of an Italian family restaurant. Serves simple but delicious Italian food in an intimate setting. Don’t expect pizza, but you will find all those other dishes that make Italian cuisine so delightful.


Restaurant de Jong


Raampoortstraat 38
3032 AH Rotterdam
Phone +31 (0)10 4657955

Open: Wednesday to Sunday 18:00-23:00

On the Hofbogen, one of the newly into vogue coming area, acclaimed young chef Jim de Jong serves two 4-course menu’s a day, with seasons vegetables, herbs and flowers (!) from his own garden or hand-picked in Rotterdam. How local is that? Tip: try the vegetables menu: more colorful and tasty it hardly gets.


HMB Restaurant


Holland Amerika Kade 104
3072 MC Rotterdam
Phone +31 (0)10 7600620

Tuesday to Friday 12:00-15:30 (lunch) and 17:30-22:00 (dinner)
Saturday 17:30-22:00

On the ground floor of the building De Rotterdam, designed by famous architect Rem Koolhaas, with dazzling views on the Erasmus Bridge, chic HMB serves artistically presented contemporary cuisine at impressively reasonable prices. Afterwards, head to the terrace of the building’s 7th-floor cocktail bar.




Heuvellaan 21
3016 GL Rotterdam
Phone: +31 (0)10 4360530

Monday to Friday 12:00-15:00 (lunch) 18:30-22:00 (dinner)
Saturday 18:30-22:00 (dinner)

For the real aficionados of gastronomy: Parkheuvel has two Michelin stars and is situated at the park in the heart of Rotterdam, close by the Euromast and right next to the river Maas. Chef Erik van Loo and his team will ensure that the meal surpasses all your expectations.