Sustainable hotspots Rotterdam | Which places should you not miss?

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Rotterdam is also known as “the gate of Europe”. This city has many faces: it is a port city, entertainment area, shopping area and an artist’s city. Above all, the architecture is particularly characteristic. The skyline is constantly changing. Have you become curious about what Rotterdam has to offer you? In this blog we give you a top 5 of the sustainable hotspots in Rotterdam. The hotspots range from places where you can eat and drink to the best places to shop.

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Are you looking for an easily accessible sustainable hotspot Rotterdam? Right in the center you will find Backyard , also called the backyard in the heart of Rotterdam. You can find the concept at two locations. One at the Korte Hoogstraat 14 in the center and one at the Wilhelminakade 58 in the food halls. In this vegan restaurant, plant-based food is the basis. With the extended opening hours from 9 am to 9 pm, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails here. The perfect place for a break during your city trip.


Natur-el is one of our favorite sustainable hotspots in Rotterdam. You can find it at Zwaanhals 376. Started out of love for fashion and beautiful materials, the owner of Natur-el started the webshop in 2006. In the beginning, wool and silk underwear, including underwear, was mainly sold here. In 2014, the step was taken to open a brick store where you can find the complete range of fashion for children, women and men.

If you like beautiful, honest clothing, Natur-el is the place to be. Only clothing that, in addition to responsible and fair trade ( fairtraide ), is also made from organic raw materials, is sold here. This takes into account the product itself, but also the process. For example, transport is also considered.

The Green Passage

De Groene Passage should not be missing from our list of sustainable hotspots in Rotterdam. This spot is located at Mariniersweg 9. If you want a sustainable day out in Rotterdam, this is the place. A unique concept because De Groene Passage is the only sustainable shopping center in Europe. You will only find shops and activities that are good for you as a person, for others and for the planet. Everything is made with respect for people and nature.

An example of a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in this mall is Spirit. Here they work with a buffet. The price is calculated per 100 grams. Completely sustainable because you only scoop what you like and when you’re still hungry, you just scoop again!

Phoenix Food Factory

Fenix Food Factory is located at Veerlan 19D. An all-under-one-roof concept that was set up out of love for food and craft. Under the collective name Fenix Food Factory, all kinds of entrepreneurs have been brought together who want to convey taste. You will find all kinds of food stalls here, such as the Kaapse Bierbrouwerij. All products that are edible or drinkable are made locally or even in the property.

There are two different markets. The first market you can find is the fresh market. Here you will find all kinds of local freshly baked bread, Dutch cheeses, fish, vegetables and fruit. Examples of entrepreneurs that belong to this are Booij Kaasmakers, Fruit & Veggies and Bosch & de Jong.

The second market you can find is the market kitchen. In the market kitchen, the entrepreneurs who are located in the Fenix Food Factory cook for you from early in the morning until late at night. Examples of dishes that can be found here are meal salads, soups and casseroles. The hotspot of Rotterdam if you like good food.

Cut the City Garden Shop

Stek is located at Nieuwe Binnenweg 195b. This green hotspot is run by a group of enthusiastic green professionals with a focus on the love for plants, people and making the world a better place. Do you want to be able to go to a place where people can find everything they need to make their immediate living environment greener? A place to gain inspiration but also to share knowledge? From Stek, the immediate surroundings are made greener and more lively. Stek’s range consists of organic seeds, natural plants and sustainable products such as flower pots to turn your balcony or garden into a place you don’t want to leave.

Also view the best places for a sustainable overnight stay in Rotterdam here.