Natalie Siereveld

Rotterdams’ best kept secrets – tips from a local

CityJet’s inflight magazine ‘Velocity’ recently held an interview with blogger Natalie Siereveld from OrangeSpots.nl. In the January 2017 Velocity edition you’ll read about Natalie’s passion for travel and her favorite hang outs in her home town Rotterdam. Read the full article in this blog and get to know Rotterdam’s must visits according to Natalie!

LIVE LOCAL – ROTTERDAM

Velocity Magazine – January 2017 edition

I’m Natalie Siereveld, a 31 years old passionate traveller, foodie and sports fanatic. Born in Peru, my family and I moved to Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1991. What am I doing for a living? I’m a Press Officer for Flanders (Belgium) based in the Hague for 5 years now. It’s great to promote Flanders as a travel destination amongst Dutch journalists. Why? I get to sample, discover and taste the best of Flemish cuisine, beers, culture and heritage!
My hobby’s? I have a passion for photography. During my spare time I love to wander through the streets of Rotterdam and capture the magic of the city.

How long have you lived in Rotterdam?
I’ve been living in Rotterdam since I was 5 years old. When returning from an exchange program in the USA in 2007 I proceeded with my study at the Erasmus University and moved to the city centre to live with my husband. And I never left…

If you could sum up ROTTERDAM in five words, what would they be?
Versatile, progressive, surprising, modern, gastronomic

Where would you go for the best breakfast in town? And how about evening dinner?

Breakfast @ Picknick
Picknick is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious breakfast in a cosy setting. The interior is unique with its second hand furniture and recycled attributes. Best choice? The Picknick Breakfast platter with homemade bread accompanied by Dutch farm cheese, artisanal ham, a boiled egg and a scone with jam and cream.

Address: Mariniersweg 259, 3011 Rotterdam | www.picknickrotterdam.nl 

Dinner @ Ter Marsch & Co
Burger restaurants seem to be quite trendy nowadays. For those seeking the perfect burger place in Rotterdam, don’t look any further: Ter Marsch & Co won several prices with its excellent burgers. The establishment opened its doors in 2014 in the popular ‘Witte de With’  street. It has already become one of Rotterdam’s  ‘classics’ when its comes to casual dining. Don’t forget to pair your delicious burger with a craft beer or one of the signature cocktails on the menu.

Address: Witte de Withstraat 70 | www.termarschco.nl


What’s Rotterdam’s best-kept secret?
Many people visit the Kop van Zuid peninsula with its glamorous high-rise towers and other architectural highlights like the iconic Hotel New York building, the architectonic masterpiece ‘De Rotterdam’ and the view on the Erasmus Bridge and city skyline.

However, a hidden gem has popped up in 2014 located in the neighboring district named Katendrecht which is absolutely worth a visit! The Fenix Food Factory is a food hub located in an old port warehouse. It houses several Rotterdam food entrepreneurs. Inside you’ll walk into a fresh food market selling local products from the Kaapse Brouwers brewery, Booij Kaasmakers cheese, the Firma Bijten butchers, Jordy’s Bakery, Stielman coffee roasters and Rechtstreex, a local farmer. This is a perfect spot to spend your afternoon tasting some locally brewed beers and bites in a laid back atmosphere.

Address: Veerlaan 19D  | www.fenixfoodfactory.nl

 

You may not know this about Rotterdam, but…
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. However, it’s completely different to other large cities in Holland. The city got bombed by Germany on May 14 1940 and therefore was almost completely rebuild with modern architecture after the war. Skyscrapers, modern bridges and exceptional architecture dominate the landscape in 2016. This is what makes Rotterdam so incredibly unique!

Where do you like to go to get out of the city?

The windmills of Kinderdijk
Visit one of Holland’s most iconic sights: the windmills of World Heritage Kinderdijk. You can easily take the waterbus (ferry) which takes only 30 minutes to the site! Kinderdijk is a real must for those who want to be awed by the enormous amount of windmills spread over the authentic Dutch “polder” countryside.
www.kinderdijk.nl

Historical Delft
The historic city center of Delft is only 15 minutes from Rotterdam by train. Delft is world famous for its Delft Blue Porcelain. You can visit the various shops and ateliers to buy your own Delft Blue pottery and souvenirs. Delft is also home to the famous painter Johannes Vermeer (you can visit the Vermeer Museum). The compact city centre with its historical architecture makes Delft an excellent option for a day trip. 

Bonus tip:
Did you know that the Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest seaport? By boarding a Spido tour boat at one of the docks next to the Erasmus Bridge you can explore Rotterdam’s harbor and cargo container landscapes from the water.


Where should we go shopping for the best boutiques?
‘Witte de With’ street is the most vivid and arty street of Rotterdam. This is the place to run into young and creative locals who hang out at the many nice cafés and restaurants. Witte de With is also known for its specialty shops. Famous lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers has her main shop in this street and Seventyfive has the coolest Dutch sneakers for sale. Shoe shop Betsy Palmer offers arty boots and quirky pumps. For vintage clothing, accessories, hats and bags you can’t miss out going to Lucky Vintage.


It’s cold in Rotterdam in the winter; where do locals go for fun inside?
1.Go for lunch or brunch at the historic Hotel New York. Enjoy traditional Dutch dishes, the beautiful interior and the view on the river Maas.
Address: Koninginnenhoofd 1 | www.hotelnewyork.nl

2.Enjoy an afternoon at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and discover the private collection (such as masterpieces by Bosch, Bruegel, Van Eyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Magritte and Dalí) and be amazed by exquisite drawings and decorative arts.

Address: Museumpark 18 | www.boijmans.nl

3.Have a drink and a bite at one of the exquisite restaurants at the ‘Westelijk Handelsterrein’, a monumental warehouse dating from 1894. The warehouse lofts are connected by two floors covered by a glass ceiling. 

Address: Van Vollenhovenstraat 15  | www.wht-rotterdam.nl


What’s your top 5 in Rotterdam?

1.The brand new Market Hall opened its in 2014 and has attracted many visitors already. It has become an icon for Rotterdam, offering a combination of food stalls, restaurants, shops and housing. You won’t resist buying and savoring all delicious foods and delicacies offered at the various stands.

Address: Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298  | www.markthalrotterdam.nl

2.Rotterdam’s exhibition centre Kunsthal is already worth a visit for its amazing building and location. Although it doesn’t have a private collection, each year it hosts various expositions in the field of art and culture and cooperates with top museums around the world.

Address: Westzeedijk 341 | www.kunsthal.nl

3.As a fanatic beer fan I love to visit Beer Cafe Bokaal. The no nonsense atmosphere is appealing. So is the concept of tasting the finest beers accompanied by a good palate of cheeses or charcuterie!

Address: Nieuwemarkt 11 | www.bokaalrotterdam.nl

4.GROOS is a concept store for fashion, design, art, music and lifestyle products, all  made by local artists from Rotterdam. The place to be for an unique souvenir.

Address: Schiekade 203 | www.groosrotterdam.nl

The ‘Luchtsingel’, a wooden elevated promenade next to design shop GROOS.

5.Have a chocolate overload at De Bonte Koe Chocolade. Be surprised by the beautiful chocolate creations and the exquisite taste of pralines and chocolate bars in the shop. There’s a tearoom in the shop where you can order more chocolate delights and homemade cakes. 

Address: Delftsevaart 26 | www.debontekoe.nl

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