1. Café Dudok (Meent, 88) is a Rotterdam institution, taking its name from the Dutch architect who designed the striking 1940s building in which it's housed. Open from breakfast till late, Dudok is particularly well-known for its traditional Dutch apple pie, served warm with cinnamon ice cream.
2. The SS Rotterdam (3E Katendrechtsehoofd, 25) was once a Holland-America Line flagship, ushering thousands of people between Rotterdam and New York through the 1950s and 60s. She's now been transformed into a plush hotel with several bars and restaurants berthed in the regenerated Katendrecht district, making her a unique venue for cocktails and dinner.
3. Dizzy (Gravendijkwal, 127), named after the great jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, is the place to be on Monday and Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons, when you'll find it packed with music lovers enjoying live performances of jazz and virtually every genre of music imaginable.
4. Café De Unie (Mauritsweg, 34-35) combines an eclectic cultural centre with an organic café and restaurant. The original café, built in 1925, was bombed during the war, so today's venue features a reconstruction of the striking De Stijl façade.
5. De Tuin van de Vier Windstreken (Plaszoom, 354) boasts an unbeatable location, flanked front and back by the Kralingse Plas (lake) and Kralingse Bos (forest) and on either side by 16th and 17th-century windmills. Guests enjoy unbroken views of the lake and Rotterdam's iconic skyline behind it from the large terrace and contemporary glass restaurant.