It may be hard to believe, but just a few years ago Rotterdam (like the rest of the Netherlands) was a coffee wasteland. Thankfully, nowadays you don’t have to leave the country to get a decent cup of coffee. In Rotterdam, places like UEB or the Wereldmuseum lunchroom serve excellent brews.
But just like any revolution, the coffee revolution had to start somewhere. In Rotterdam, it was started in 2000 by Nihat Kaya, when he opened NIKA Koffie & Thee in the Oude Noorden neighbourhood. Nihat is a man with a passion for coffee who had a clear goal – to be the best in it. And he clearly succeeds – the coffee he brews is just excellent. It’s not just me saying it – last year (2014) he won the Ketelbinkie award for the best coffee of Rotterdam.
Nika is a delightful spot, off the touristy routes, where you can really sit down and relax, perhaps have a freshly baked apple pie with your wonderfully smelling cup of fresh coffee. Don’t forget to check out Pijnackerplein around the corner!