The village character of Kralingen-West
Friendly and everything’s within walking distance
The Kralingen-West district is getting nicer by the day. Beautiful new construction projects (where you have to get in early to buy) are being built next to stately buildings that have been well preserved. There is plenty to do in the neighbourhood which has a village feel to it but is close to the city. And with the Kralingse Plas recreation area on your doorstep, you’ll regularly ask yourself why it took you so long to move here.
Visit restaurant Kaat Mossel on the Admiraliteitskade for the fish and wine, but also for genuine Rotterdam friendliness. All ages come here for a good meal and a good story. In front of the door is the historic Boerengat harbour full of unique boats, and behind Kaat Mossel is the Oostplein where you will find countless bars, eateries and De Bakkerswinkel, a cafe where you catch up with your best friends.
Datte & Die
This trendy children’s gift shop on the Lusthofstraat has a wide range for every child’s room or birthday party. You can shop for responsible toys from the French brand Djeco, colourful Bergstein boots and the best children’s books in this store where they have so much for babies, toddlers and bigger children. Let your kids choose something for a birthday friend so that they are also stimulated to think about what others like.
Kralingse Plas and Bos
Residents of Kralingen-West have a forest and a lake on their doorstep. The Kralingse Bos is a forest wonderful for walking, running, skating or cycling, and the Kralingse Plas is the place to relax in the summer, on the lake’s beach or go for a sail in a boat. If a severe winter comes again, then skating on the Kralingse Plas is also a great experience. Try one of the many restaurants such as the Schone Lei, De Nachtegaal, De Tuin van de Vier Windstreken or The Boathouse.
Oostelijk Swimming Pool
On the Gerdesiaweg you will find the recently renovated Oostelijkzwembad. This pool is a national monument and has been beautifully restored. When you swim here you can picture yourself in pre-World War II Rotterdam. While you do the backstroke, you can admire the beautiful glass ceiling and the rounded shapes of the building. They have swimming lessons, family swimming, aqua sports and maternity swimming.
You’ll feel right at home at Thuisch on the Oudedijk. This restaurant has thought about what young parents want when they go out to eat with their children. The business is stylish, the food simple and good and there is a play corner and outdoor playground. The private and sunny terrace at the back makes way for a covered, cosy room in the winter that can also be rented for children’s parties or get-togethers.