You’ve probably noticed it by now – Rotterdam has a skyline. This makes it rather unique among the Dutch cities. The uniqueness, however, comes with a price. As new high-rise buildings are continuously being added to the urban landscape, at the ground level, cafe’s with sidewalk places in the sun are becoming scarcer.
Luckily for you (and me) – even among sidewalk cafes there’s the occasional cheater. I’m talking about DikT – the cafe situated adjacent to the Central Library. On ground level it’s just another cafe annex lunch room, albeit with monthly Jazz sessions and weekly science talks. But take the stairs and you’re on a full-fledged sidewalk cafe, only without the sidewalk. And with the best view in town, plus an uninhibited sunshine (at least, as long as the Dutch sun shines).
My favourite time here is, of course, on Saturdays, when the market is buzzing on the street below. But I’m not very picky – in Holland, any day the sun shines is a good day. Especially with such a view.