Rotterdam

TRIED & TESTED: DE PASTA KANTINE ROTTERDAM

February 21st, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The menu of de Pasta Kantine consists of nothing else than pasta. Do you like Penne Romana or Linguine alle Couri? Lasagne or Spaghetti alla Puttanesca? You will find them all on the menu. And they all have more than fine prices. I’ve ordered a small Lasagne al forno tradizionale and paid 4,50 euro. Next time I will go for the large version (7,50 euro) because I really liked it. My boyfriend ordered a small pasta (4,50 euro) which would have been just enough for me. What I also like is that a bottle of tap water costs 1 euro and goes directly to charity (Dine4Them) and if you ordered too much they will give you a doggy bag because they believe in the No-Waste philosophy.  It’s a canteen, so expect a laid-back atmosphere with good pasta’s and salads, no high end cuisine. You definitely feel the passion and love of the people working here: the owner told me he had worked for years in a totally different work field, but when he Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: NHOW ROTTERDAM

January 11th, 2014

nhowrotterdam

Most striking feature:

The building itself. Many interior and design magazines and websites wrote about de Rotterdam the last couple of months. The biggest building in the Netherlands with a volume of more than 160.000 m2. The design is done by OMA, the design firm of Rem Koolhaas, in Rotterdam. What he wanted to create was a vertical city. Until recently we could only see the building from outside but yesterday I got a little sneak preview (the official opening is today) and could even sleep there. So what does Rem Koolhaas mean with a vertical city? Well Read more…


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NEW SPOT: CITIZENM ROTTERDAM

December 10th, 2013

CitizenM Rotterdam

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you are a fan of the other CitizenM hotels. They now have hotels in Amsterdam, Glasgow, London and since today, there’s CitizenM Rotterdam.
  2. If you have a thing for affordable luxury: they now have an opening special for Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: DAMAGE PLAYGROUND ROTTERDAM

November 15th, 2013

Damage Playground

Most striking feature:

The location. Damage Playground is located in Rotterdam-Zuid, near metro station Rijnhaven. Not really the Pannenkoekstraat or the Meent, but that doesn’t matter. Damage Playground is a successful online shop and people who know of the high quality range they sell, take the subway (or car, because you can still park for free in this area of Rotterdam). The store is now open for a little more than a year and sells brands like Wood Wood, BWGH, United Nude and Opening Ceremony. For both men and women. However, they not only sell international brands, as Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: WIT ROTTERDAM

September 15th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

The color white. Maybe it’s an idea for you to think about what white means to you before you visit the exhibition. Does it remind you of the minimalistic interiors from Scandinavia? The luxurious feeling of pure white blankets on the bed? The sandy beach at Tulum in Mexico? A lemon ice cream? Or just a blank sheet. The beginning of a sketch, a book, a dream – even this post on my blog started with a blank page. The exhibition Wit (White in Dutch) in the Nederlands Fotomuseum displays photography, art, design, film, quotes and fashion in white. As curator Anne van der Zwaag said: ‘white may seem minimalistic, but it’s just a very rich color’. By seeing Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: ANSH46 ROTTERDAM

March 9th, 2013

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Update August 2013: did you know Ansh46 moved to another address in Rotterdam? They now can be found on the van Oldenbarneveltstraat 99.

Most striking feature:

If you love fashion, put Ansh46 high on your list if you’re visiting Rotterdam. It’s the store to go to if you like Alexander Wang (oh, those striped shirts), Phillip Lim 3.0 (I’ve spotted a wool jacket you’ll never want to get out of again) or Carven (hello, sweet biker jacket). Exclusive brands in a damn fine environment. Simple racks where you will find the clothes on and beautiful dressing Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: GROOS ROTTERDAM

March 8th, 2013

groosrotterdam

Most striking feature:

A concept store where they only sell design, art, books and music by Rotterdam people. The perfect souvenir store for people who don’t like the standard mugs, postcards and t-shirts, but love to take something with them that’s really made in Rotterdam. To support local talent or to have something extremely original in your home. I love to see this happening in more cities around the world. Groos opened Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: OBJET TROUVÉ ROTTERDAM

February 20th, 2013

objettrouverotterdam

Most striking feature:

‘Wow, what a beautiful collection of clothes’, was my first reaction by seeing all those pieces of fashion hanging at the newly opened Objet Trouvé in Rotterdam. For example a lovely pair of skinny jeans by Mother (from the same agent as Isabel Marant). Or a dress by Hope. Or a simple shirt by Rue Blanche. The enthusiastic owner, Floor Theuns, explained that they sell Scandinavian and French labels without the heavy price tag. Apart from that they also Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: ROTTERDAM ART WEEK

February 7th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

The whole city is about art and design this week. Which means: inspiring pieces of art and a fantastic crowd in the skyscraper city of the Netherlands: Rotterdam. Yesterday I did the complete Art Week in 1 day. All to provide you today with my favorites. Things that caught my eye and fascinate me very much. Photos say more than words, so here you go: my favorites during Rotterdam Art Week Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: THE KITCHEN ROTTERDAM

January 8th, 2013

thekitchenrotterdam

Most striking feature:

New all-day-open cafe in Rotterdam. I’ve passed The Student Hotel several times (it’s a five minute walk from my home) but I thought it was only for students who stayed at the hotel. Was I wrong. There’s a separate entrance for the Kitchen. A beautiful designed cafe where you can enter all day. For breakfast, to read a paper on one of the long wooden tables, to Read more…


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