TRIED & TESTED
Park cafe with a sunny terrace
15 March 2021
Petite Passport Walks is a new series of walks that combine the city’s highlights with my favorite spots to enjoy the city, support the local entrepreneurs and taste the best coffee, chocolate chip cookie or take-away pizza on your way.
Theme: Rotterdam-West. Discover historical Delfshaven, have the best banana bread in Rotterdam and end the route with a glass of (natural) wine.
Distance: nearly 7 kilometers
1. Let’s start our walk at historical Delfshaven, the Rotterdam version of Nyhavn in Copenhagen. This part of Rotterdam wasn’t bombed during WWII which means it’s one of the few places in the city without high rise buildings and modern architecture. Piet Hein was born here, the Pelgrimvaderskerk is one of the oldest buildings of the city (dating back to 1417) and the windmill is one of the biggest of The Netherlands.
2. Via de Lage Erfbrug we walk towards de Nieuwe Binnenweg. You can go straight ahead to this lovely cafe and concept store, but you can also make a detour via de C.P. Tielemanstraat, a street next to the Mathenesserlaan, and the Heemraadssingel. At Studio Unfolded you can find the most beautiful home interior accessoires but also the best banana bread in town.
3. Walk back, take a right at the Heemraadssingel and walk via de Volmarijnstraat to the Claes de Vrieselaan. De Volmarijnstraat is a lovely street where they turn former garages into lovely houses.
4. From de Claes de Vrieslaan you can walk straight ahead or take a few side streets if you’re intuition asks you to. Stop at het Middellandplein where you will find Bistro Belen. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday they have take-out menu’s until they can open the restaurant again.
5. Take de Witte van Haemstedestraat to the Beatrijsstraat. You will see the blue contours of Didden Village, a rooftop extension designed by MVRDV. A few years ago I visited it during the Rotterdamse Dakendagen (June 3 – 6).
6. Walk via de Graaf Florisstraat to the Heemraadssingel where you will find Juffrouw van Zanten on the corner. During the lockdown they do take-away coffee, tea, sandwiches and more.
7. Walk along the Heemraadssingel to Coolhaven. You will pass a beautiful boulevard along the water with lots of trees, playgrounds, a skating rink and the beautiful more than 100 years old building of de Volksuniversiteit. Where you can still follow courses such as 30 language courses, philosophy or history. The wooden apples you see are art works by Kees Franse.
8.Cross the Pieter de Hooghbrug which will bring you to the other side of Coolhaven. Fun fact: this bridge opens around 15 times a day to make it possible for ships to travel from De Maas to Delft or The Hague. On the left side you’ll notice a new housing complex called Little C. They plan on opening a park in front of the luxurious apartments.
9. Take the stairs on the right side of the bridge to Coolhaven. If you’re thirsty follow the 1e IJzerstraat to Fok Wine Bar for a wine-to-go (although they also have coffee and croissants). Sit down on Coolhaven or walk a little bit further to the Schat van Schoonderloo, a hidden garden in a side street (Schoonderloostraat) from the Willem Buytewechstraat.
10. Walk back to historical Delfshaven via the Willem Buytewechstraat and don’t forget to look back to see the Euromast.
Extra tip: don’t take this route too seriously. The best things are always reached if you use your intuition. So if you like to go left or right, just do it.
I hope you like this route! Share your pictures of your #ppwalks with me on Instagram. Plus also let me know if you find other fun/interesting facts to share! Love to see/hear what caught your eye.
Warm wishes, Pauline
1e IJzerstraat 12B, 3024 XS Rotterdam, Netherlands