You’ve arrived! Welcome to Rotterdam. We thought it might be useful for you to have some local information, to help you in your first weeks here, and we hope you will find these notes helpful. Don’t forget that Monika at the UEN office (monika.voster@unilever.com) is very willing to assist you, too, so do contact her if you need further help.
We hope that the information given here is accurate, but we do not accept responsibility in the event of errors or omissions, or any problems with tradesmen. We strongly recommend that you obtain at least two or three written quotations for any work to be done and ask neighbors and colleagues for recommendations as well.

Here are some very useful links:

Restaurants

There are so many in Rotterdam from trendy to traditional and they tend to change frequently. Suggestion: buy a little restaurant guide and have a look on internetsite  www.iens.nl .

Oude Haven is a place to find several restaurants and cafés to explore. Nice for visitors.

oude haven

Views: Euromast or Hotel New York

To have a cup of coffee and more…

Shopping

Main shopping areas in the city centre: Lijnbaan and either side of the Coolsingel.

Alexandrium I, II and IIIwww.alexandrium.nl

Shopping malls for almost everything you need.

A20 Rotterdam – Gouda, take exit 16 Prins Alexander. Or take bus, metro or train to Rotterdam Alexander.

Open 7 days a week.

Zwart Janstraat slightly “villagey” shopping centre.

 

Food

Groene Passage, http://www.degroenepassage.nl/

Goudsesingel, organic food.

Schmidt Zeevis, http://www.schmidtzeevis.nl/

Vasteland 60. The best fish shop in Rotterdam. Also has sushi on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (100 m to the right of the Erasmus Bridge, coming from the centre of Rotterdam).

Marqt New sustainable supermarket with lots of biological products, delicious cheeses and bread! http://www.marqt.com

Binnenrotte 77 Rotterdam and Bergse Dorpstraat 103 in Hillegersberg

Little Italy Italian Supermarket with delicious salami, ham, cheeses, antipasti and pizza take away. Lombardkade 51-A, 3011 ZD Rotterdam, 010 413 9609

 

Markets

Grote markt, Blaak, open on Saturday and Tuesday. Good cheap fabrics in Hoogstraat part.

Noordplein, organic produce, open on Thursday.

Markthal (permanent market hall) with a great variety of products, restaurants, bars. Open 7 days a week, daily from 10.00 except for Sunday from 12.00h.

https://www.markthal.nl/

 

YOUR HOME

Do it yourself shops
The main chains are: Gamma www.gamma.com,Praxis www.praxis.nl , Formido http://www.formido.nl/ , Karwei www.karwei.nl, Hubo www.hubo.nl
Curtains and fabrics
Laura Ashley, van Oldenbarneveltstraat 116, 3012 GV Rotterdam, 010 4148535., http://www.lauraashley.com/
Bijenkorf, Vroom & Dreesman, Hema, all either side of the Coolsingel.
Furniture
IKEA, just off the A12 between Rotterdam and The Hague, exit Delft.
Furnishing centre Alexandrium woonmall  http://www.alexandrium.nl/woonmall.aspx
Polderplein, first exit from A20 Rotterdam to Utrecht. Find Watermanweg and there is parking at ground level or on top of the three storey furniture shopping centre.
Flooring and carpets
Carpetright,  two locations in Rotterdam http://www.carpetright.nl
IKEA also sells laminate wood flooring, and can give you the name of a fitter. May take time to get fitting.
Rubo Parket http://www.ruboparket.nl , Wooden flooring and laminate, Stadhoudersweg 130
Workmen
 Construction:
GALVAN CONSTRUCTION
REMODELING – RENOVATION – MAINTENANCE – PAINTWORK
Ramon Galvan
Bankastraat 117
2585 EK  Den Haag
070 351 2109
Mobile: 06 5583 6780
galvan472@gmail.com

 

Rob’s Property Maintenance

Expat Handyman Service
Rob Burkin
 0621335459
robertburkin@hotmail.co.uk

 

Plumber:
Bek BV, Fokkerstraat 509 in Schiedam,http://www.bekbv.nl/index.html
Tel.: 010-426 84 68
Electrician:
Geveke BV,http://www.gevekeelektrotechniek.nl/pages/5103/Home.html
Singel 47 b in Schiedam, Tel.: 010-426 84 47
Outside Painting:
  1. Hammerslag, http://www.hamerslag.nl/
Oldenoord 11, Tel.:010-292 01 44
Electrical goods
Correct, Expert, BCC,  Media Markt, Saturn  For addresses search internet.
Handyman, Zwart Janstraat 94, excellent electrical parts shop, has spare parts for almost all makes of domestic electrical equipment, including glass coffee jugs, http://www.handyman.nl/index.php
Boelaars, Beethovensingel in Hillegersberg, http://www.epboelaars.nl/
offers great service

Various

 

Garden Centres – Tuincentra

Gouweleeuw, Jacques Dutilhweg 321, http://tuincentrum-gouweleeuw.nl/

Intratuin, Stationsstraat 5 in Rhoon or in Pijnackerhttp://www.intratuin.nl/

Praxis DIY-shop with huge garden center, Keileweg 11

Search under “Tuincentra” on google.

 

Churches

English speaking Catholic Church, Heilig Hartkerk (Gorzenkerk) 

Rijnstraat 1, 3114 SP Schiedam

Tel.:010-414 45 77 http://www.catholicchurch.nl/constitution.htm

 

Church of England/ Anglician, Pieter de Hoogweg 133, Tel.: 010-476 40 43

St Mary’s Anglican and Episcopal Church, Rotterdam-Delfhaven

http://www.achurchnearyou.com/rotterdam-delfhaven-st-marys-anglican-and-episcopal-church-church/

 

Travel guide

Information about local public transport: www.9292ov.nl

Travel information for trains: www.ns.nl

Activities for Children

Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo, van Aerssenlaan 49, Tel.:010-443 14 95

http://www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl/

Tram 3 or bus 39,

Openingtimes: Summertime 09.00 – 18.00, wintertime 09.00 – 17.00,

Arboretum Trompenburg (botanical garden), Honingerdijk 64, Tel.: 010-452 65 99 http://www.trompenburg.nl/

Tram 3 and 13, Opening times: Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00, Saturday 10.0 – 16.00, Sundays only from May to October 10.00 – 16.00

Children’s farms – Kinderboerderijen

Here children can see chickens, cows, horses, sheep and other animals, and can often approach quite close. Very stimulating.

Kinderboerderij De Kraal, Bus 42

Children’s farm in the Kralingse Bos, the big wood around and lake in the North of Kralingen.

Kinderboerderij De Wilgenhof, Ringdijk in Hillegersberg, Bus 35

Kinderboerderij De Blijde Weide in Hoogerbrugge (near Ommoord) reachable from  President Wilson Weg, Bus 35 or metro stop Binnenhof

Open every day from 09.00 – 16.30, free.

Plaswijk Park, Ringdijk 20, Tel.: 010-418 18 36http://www.plaswijckpark.nl/

Appealing to many ages. Here you will find a mini-zoo, playgrounds, gardens and a puppet theatre. You can have lunch there. Wonderful “traffic garden” with skelters (big Dutch go-carts).

Open daily 09.00 – 17.00

Ideas for Kids birthday parties

De Ontdekhoek, Pannekoekstraat 55, Tel.: 010-414 31 03

Here children can make their own chips, develop their selfmade pictures, build a dam in water, etc. It is all in Dutch, but the instructors are willing to explain everything in English.

http://www.ontdekhoek.nl/

Scrap, Oostkousdijk 13, http://www.miniscrap.nl/

Children work on their own art projects using recycled materials.

Especially the last two tips are great for birthday parties. Call in advance for reservations. Tel. 06 28 56 75 35

Skateland, Piekstraat 45, Tel.: 010-290 98 90,http://www.skateland.nl/

Half pipes, full pipes or the skatering: great for kids who love to skate. There is a snackbar for food and drinks. They also organize “disco evenings”. All equipment for rent.

Playgrounds

Speeltuin Oudedijk, Oudedijk 277 in Kralingen, Tel.: 010-212 21 60

Speeltuin Molenhoek, Molenhoek 10 in Hillegersberg, Tel.: 010-422 60 11

110 Morgen, Minosstraat 10, Tel.: 010-641 02 87

Speeltuin Einsteinplaats, Einsteinplaats 345 in Ommoord, Tel.: 010-455 45 89

Centre Speeltuin Weena, Dirgaardesingel 50, Tel.: 010-414 48 90

See also “Speeltuinen” in the Gouden Gids (Yellow Pages)

 

Swimming Pools

You can find all up-to-dat information on swimming pools onhttp://www.zwembad-rotterdam.nl/