This is cool! More places should have an amphibious bus tour of their city.
Take the Amfibus for a Splashtour of the beautiful Katendrecht neighborhood in Rotterdam, Netherlands, which is about one hour SW of Amsterdam.
The bus can hold 42 people and the tour is 2 hours long. They do an average of 1200 trips per year.
Thanks to Time Out for this
What to do in Katendrecht, Rotterdam’s coolest neighbourhood
If you only do one thing…
There’s much to do here that’s keeping with the area’s maritime history. Fancy some ink? Tattoo Bob’s is a Rotterdam icon.
Want to explore a boat? Head to the SS Rotterdam, a 1960s steam-powered cruise liner where you can eat, drink, dance, chill by a pool, or even test your intelligence in an Escape Room.
Off the beaten path
Circus Rotjeknor is a circus school and workshop space – don’t miss their Circus Sundays (a short show followed by an open practice). The country’s first, and only, pinball museum is down by the waterfront, with over 100 machines – some dating from 1900 – waiting to be played.
Don’t miss the Nederlands Fotomuseum, a short walk away in neighbouring Kop Van Zuid, and evenings can be spent at the Theater Walhalla, a citizen’s initiative that holds around 275 performances a year alongside numerous festivals, concerts, and workshops, or simply soaking up the vibes around Deliplein, the heart of Katendrechts’s buzzing social scene.
Fenix Food Factory, a converted warehouse full of fresh, local products and gourmet food stalls, is an obvious hotspot, though sadly it’s scheduled to close in December 2019 (it’s moving to smaller premises across the road). But there are plenty of options in and around Deliplein.
Locals get their Thai fix at Deli Bird and classic French cuisine at Bistro du Bac, while Posse – as much a gallery-cum-emporium as it is a restaurant – serves homely, unfussy dishes like venison steak and beef stew.
Fish lovers should head to Vislokaal Kaap – the oysters and lobster are particularly good – but if you really want to, ahem, push the boat out, De Matroos En Het Meisje’s (The Sailor And The Girl) seasonal tasting menus are the swankiest option on the peninsula.
Fire yourself up for a day of exploring at the delightful Kopi Soesoe, which serves coffee from the city’s best roaster (Manhattan Coffee Roasters) alongside truly epic toasties.
Microbrewery Kaapse Brouwers has an excellent range of craft beers and ales – including bottles to take away – while corner bar The Lisamarie is a more refined, elegant option.
Whisky is the house speciality at local brown bar Café De Ouwehoer, but for even stronger stuff, take a stroll over the Rijnhavenbrug bridge to neighbouring Kop Van Zuid; the Hotel New York’s NY Basement and the nhow hotel’s rooftop terrace are the current cocktail spots.