Glashaven is located excellent in the heart of the city. Between the Boompjes with its impressive skyline and the bustling center lies an area that still feels undiscovered, but has developed into one of the best places to live in Rotterdam over the past decade.
Glashaven is located in a special part of Rotterdam that is secluded from the hustle and bustle, but still has the liveliness of a metropolis in its vicinity. Surrounded by water, old ports, the Maas and various quays, the Maritime District still has that authentic atmosphere that belongs to a real port city.
Running along the Nieuwe Maas, a quick shopping afternoon or an extensive brunch on Sunday morning? It’s all a stone’s throw away from Glashaven. Just north of Glashaven, a few minutes by foot, is the center of Rotterdam with the best shops, restaurants and nightlife. For example, the Coolsingel with the Bijenkorf and the Koopgoot are no more then a ten minute walk from Glashaven. Just like the Meent with its bustling eateries and terraces. All museums and cultural centers such as the Kunsthal and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen can also be reached on foot from Glashaven, as is the Witte de Withstraat, with the best nightlife in Rotterdam.
Harvest Coffee Brewers
HARVEST COFFEE BREWERS, GLASHAVEN 107
Coffee lovers are lucky: one of the best coffee bars in the city is located right across Glashaven. Not only is the coffee excellent, the all-day breakfast menu is also highly recommended. With a background in haute cuisine, founders Zjevaun Janga and Loes Beljaars opt for the very best ingredients and special combinations, so that each dish surprises the taste buds.
VESSEL 11, WIJNHAVEN 101
The red lighthouse boat named Vessel 11, moored at Wijnhaven, is a noticeable landmark. Nestled inside this unique 1951-built lightship is a British gastro-pub. A great place, not just for delicious micro-brewed beer, but also for typical pub grub made of local and sustainable ingredients.
Fjord Eat & Drink
RESTAURANT FJORD EAT & DRINK, BLAAK 776
At restaurant Fjord – named after the fish-rich Scandinavian waters – you can eat the best fruits de mer, lobster and other fish dishes. Those who aren’t into fish are also catered for with menu choices such as bavette and fresh ravioli. Thanks to its various cosy corners, Fjord is an ideal place to spend weekends lingering at the dinner table.
KIIRO, POSTHOORNSTRAAT 524
Lovers of special curries take note! Kiiro, the Netherlands’ first Japanese curry house, is located in Wijnhaven. Diners at Kiiro are invited to choose their favourite ingredients to compose their own curries. Whether you want fish, prawns or vegetarian, it’s entirely up to you. Itadakimasu (enjoy your meal), as they say in Japanese!
ROZEY ROTTERDAM, WIJNHAVEN 85
Rozey is the place for vegetarian, vegan and organic food with a menu that everyone can enjoy. All the way from a pulled jackfruit sandwich to delicious vegan satay and seaweed bitterballen. The desserts are also unforgettable: blood orange ice cream with a vegan macaron or lemon poppy cake with banana ice cream, to give just two examples. Who said vegan food was boring?
GOHEALTH CLUB ROTTERDAM, POSTHOORNSTRAAT 25
GoHealth Club Rotterdam, just around the corner from Glashaven, is a great place to clear your head after a busy working day. This clean, pleasant gym is suitable for everyone. Old and young, from beginner to avid athlete. Ideal for those who don’t have much time to spare, GoHealth can help you achieve results in training sessions that last just 30 minutes.
VIVID GALLERY, SCHEEPMAKERSHAVEN 17
VIVID, one of the Netherlands’ most famous design galleries, is located in the Red Apple, a stone’s throw from Glashaven. With exhibitions by famous designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Hella Jongerius, Studio Job, Jaime Hayon and Atelier van Lieshout, VIVID has earned itself a place in the world’s top-10. In a nutshell, it’s a must-visit for anyone who’s into culture.
MARITIEM MUSEUM, LEUVEHAVEN 1
The Maritime Museum is a not-to-be-missed destination, being Rotterdam’s museum of shipping and ports, with exhibitions about the city’s maritime history alongside contemporary themes related to its port. Children can also playfully learn fun facts about Rotterdam and its port thanks to Professor Plons, who’s been a big hit with the youngsters for many years.