De Doelen Studio in collaboration with Classical:NEXT:
(next to main entrance – Grote Zaal)
Open: Thursday & Friday 18:00 – 20:00
Maher Al Sabbagh is one of Rotterdam’s best kept culinary secrets. The Syrian friend of de Doelen doesn’t only stick to his native kitchen, but also likes to mix in elements from Lebanese, Sicilian and even Dutch cuisine.
During Classical:NEXT, Maher will prepare a scrumptious dinner buffet at €15 per head at de Doelen Studio. Limited spots are available and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Book your tickets for a fabulous experience at de Doelen Studio bar. Bon appétit!
3012 CL Rotterdam
Phone: +31 103 132 473
Open: Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 23:00
De Doelen’s own in-house restaurant is a great, brasserie- like place where you can have very good food – according to both professional and customer reviews – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Weekly jazz jam sessions take place on Tuesday. The restaurant is situated inside the Classical:NEXT main venue de Doelen.
Karel Doormanstraat 292
3012 GP Rotterdam
Phone: +31 107 420 910
Open: Monday to Thursday 08.00 – 22.00
Friday & Saturday 08.00 – 23.00
Sunday 09.00 – 21.30
A great place for a nice breakfast, lunch or dinner, with many options for vegetarians and vegans.
3014 DD Rotterdam
Phone: +31 102 540 005
Open: daily 11:00 – 00:00
Opposite the Classical:NEXT entrance of de Doelen, the kitchen opens at 11:00 and stays open until midnight! Enjoy a meal amidst Mediterranean colours, fl avours, smells and vibes, that national newspaper Volkskrant described as “a rich and exotic candy store.”
3014 GN Rotterdam
Phone +31 (0)10 4664566
Open: Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 22.30
Sunday 16:00 – 22.30
Situated around the corner from West-Kruiskade, Hong Kong is one of the best traditional Chinese restaurants in Rotterdam (including the equally-traditional big fish tank). It is highly regarded and during the festival it’s also the unofficial headquarters of Operadagen Rotterdam.
3032 AH Rotterdam
Phone +31 104 657 955
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 18:00 – 23:00
In this informal, very pleasant atmosphere, the sophisticated kitchen places emphasis on seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers, with most of them grown locally and/or picked by chef Jim de Jong himself. A 10-minute walk away from de Doelen, the restaurant serves two menus: meat or fish and vegetables.
Westbound from de Doelen is the multicultural street West-Kruiskade. There are many places to eat and most of them very affordable: from Vietnamese Pho on the corner opposite de Doelen, Set Noodle (Japanese ramen), Thai restaurant SOI 3, and the many fine restaurants in the small China town of Rotterdam; to Moroccan cuisine (Ryad), Suriname (Madame Jeanette), and one of the best grill hotspots in town, Holy Smoke.
For dessert, you may wish to check out the best ice cream-maker of Rotterdam, De IJssalon, with several branches, one of them located on West-Kruiskade 60.
Only a 10-minute walk from de Doelen, the vibrant Witte de Withstraat offers many cafés and bars for clubbing and great places to eat. To name but a few:
Witte de Withstraat 16
3012 BP Rotterdam
Phone +31 102 065 151
Open: Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 00:00
Friday & Saturday 08:00 – 01:00
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.
Witte de Withstraat 70
3012 BS Rotterdam
Open: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 12:00 – 01:00
Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 02:00
This butcher-shop-turned-burger-bar sizzles up monumental burgers (such as Scottish Black Angus, pancetta and truffle mayo), that in 2015 was awarded with the coveted honour of the ‘Best Burger in The Netherlands’.
Schiedamse Vest 30
3011 BA Rotterdam
Phone: +31 104 333 969
Open: Wednesday to Friday 17:00 – 00:00
Saturday & Sunday 16:00 – 00:00
Just around the corner from Witte de Withstraat, Restaurant Dertien is described by food critics as ‘nouveau rough’: original, classic and modern, all at the same time. It is very likely that your dish will come out of the giant wood-fi red oven. Dertien is gastronomically high-end, yet still homely and very reasonably priced.