Get your bearings The swan-shaped Erasmus Bridge (5) and red Willemsbrug bridge (6) straddle the New Meuse close to Rotterdam’s centre, which lies on the river’s northern side.The Museumpark (7), offering six different museums and galleries, is 10 minutes’ walk west of the Erasmus Bridge (5) and 15 minutes’ stroll south of Centraal Station (8).The Kaapse Brouwers brewpub (00 31 10 2180 853; kaapsebrouwers.nl) hosts live jazz sessions on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Window shopping Browse vintage furniture in Posse (16) at Verlaan 13 (00 31 10 7371 815; posse.nl).
The emphasis is on local, artisanal produce – a bakery, coffee roastery and Moroccan deli number among businesses operating in the former warehouse.
Grab your grub and take a seat among the eclectic array of furniture at the building’s centre.
Microplastics result from fragmentation of plastic debris or are released to the environment as pre-production pellets or components of consumer and industrial products.
In the oceans, they contribute to the ‘great garbage patches’.
The 278 designer rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and those facing the waterfront give impressive views of the Erasmus Bridge. On the other side of the river, the Mainport (28) at Leuvehaven 77 (00 31 ; mainporthotel.com) is a five-star design hotel with 215 rooms and suites.
A spacious eighth-floor spa, featuring a hammam and Finnish sauna, overlooks the riverfront.
Sunday morning: out to brunch Dudok (21) at Meent 88 (00 31 10 4333 102; dudok.nl) is a buzzy brasserie and popular meeting place serving A walk in the park The Zuiderpark (22), a couple of kilometres south of the river, is the Netherlands’ largest urban park, and offers a world away from the city with hiking and biking trails, wetlands and forests.
Take a ride Rotterdam’s network of buses, trams, ferries and metro trains means public transport (ret.nl) is reliable and easy to use.
Cultural afternoon If you appreciate art and applied design, spend time exploring the expansive Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (23) at Museumpark 18-20 (00 31 10 4419 400; boijmans.nl).