At the entrance of Delfshaven, by the Aelbrechtskolk, you’ll find the Altstadt Kantine, a place woven into the fabric of my Rotterdam routine. It’s not just about sipping coffee here, though they brew a mean cup. They serve breakfast and lunch, and the vibe? It’s uncomplicated – a reflection of the honest, straightforward neighbourhood spirit.
This spot is an extension of Altstadt Rotterdam, a theatre and workshop for performing arts. It’s a cultural heartbeat that hums with the creative pulse of the city. Why do I keep coming back? It’s simple: it feels like a second living room, where our dog Andes is as welcome as we are. Our proximity to it just sweetens the deal – a local haunt where evenings are spent under the glow of soft lights, with a good beer in hand, and where the art of casual conversation isn’t lost. It’s this unassuming charm that makes the Altstadt Kantine a place close to my heart – no frills, just the genuine pleasure of a community-driven spot that feels like it belongs to all who step inside.