Suppose you followed my advice and took a cycling tour along the Schie, or visited De Tempel to check on the bats and nuts there. You’ll find yourself at the edge of Rotterdam, far from civilization, thirsty and hungry. Before you start cursing me for sending you on a tour ending in no-man’s land, hear me out.
Follow the Schie a little bit to the North, passing De Zweth. If you’re in a splashing mood, you can stop at the Zwetheul, for two-star and three-digit dining. Otherwise cross the Kandelaar bridge, to cafe Het Schielicht. This is still Rotterdam, but it’s so different from the bustling city center that it’s hard to believe. Here you can enjoy traditional Dutch lunch snacks like uitsmijter or tosti, and dine on classics such as ossenhaas or kipsate. Het Schielicht is a great place to finish your cycling tour of the Schie with a cold beer. Enjoy your beer at the waterside, just don’t forget that it’s a half an hour cycle*map checked to the city center.