hotspot rotterdam nieuw crooswijk koffiebar croos

Hotspot Rotterdam || Croos Koffiebar

Sunshine and Spring Vibes!

Hotspot Rotterdam

(Dutch summary below)

My first hotspot post from Rotterdam can be found just around the corner from our home. It’s Croos Koffiebar located in Nieuw-Crooswijk.

Exercitiestraat 2
3034 RA Rotterdam
Tel: 010 – 341 1949


Although we spent yesterday in the Zwaanshalskwartier, I hardly took any photo’s. We just wanted to figure out where everything was and we didn’t spend too much time at just one spot. That said I am definitely returning soon with my camera to start blogging about the cafes, concept shops, vintage shops –there are quite a few, and much more! We found a beer shop that specializes in craft beer. Their shelves include a lot of local breweries and there is something for everyone. We enjoyed the beautiful warm sunshine at Brouwerij Noordt (Brewery Noordt). Our first impression with the neighborhood was good, and I can’t wait to go exploring more!




Today the weather was next to perfect. Didn’t need a coat in the sunshine and spring was in the air 🙂 . We went for a small walk to the Kralingse Bos (Kralingse Forest) and before going home we wanted to go to Brasserie Woodz but it was too busy. We then decided to try coffee bar Croos which is only a few minutes away from our new place. It had been on my list of places to try since before we even moved here. It not only looks really cool which you can see just by passing by but the food is delicious and the staff is really friendly. There were people of all ages and it’s a great place to bring even the smallest children.

This is a cafe where kids are welcome. There is a play area with books and toys complete with a mini play kitchen. There is a space for changing the little ones too.



Croos has a varied menu, including American Pancakes for breakfast –alas we were too late and I didn’t ask if I could still order breakfast. Seeing that it’s just around the corner, I know I’ll be back 😉

We –me and my boyfriend Ivo (pronounced Evo in English) ordered a ‘grilled cheese’. Mine was a pizza variation made with cheese, tomato sauce, red onion, olives and arugula (rocket salad) placed in-between two perfectly toasted pieces of homemade bread from Jordy’s Bakery that was amazing. The grilled cheese sandwich Ivo ordered was made with ‘Maas’ ham, Brie cheese and a fig compote. No ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches and they were made using local products as is the rest of the menu from Croos.

My first hotspot post from Rotterdam can be found just around the corner from our home. It’s Croos ‘Koffiebar’ located in Nieuw-Crooswijk. Next to tasty coffees you can also find a quick and varied  menu –breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes, snack and aperitifs. You’ll also find art on the walls, music on Sunday afternoons, afternoons for the kids and much more. You can also go to Croos for birthday parties or other celebrations.


If you are in the area or traveling from the Kralingse Plas /Bos to the Zwaanhalskwartier and or the city center then is Croos a perfect spot to grab some lunch and a cheeky coffee. It’s +/- 6 minutes walking to the Zaagmolenbrug where you can take trams 7 (Willemsplein) or 8 (Spangen) to the city center or continue walking to the Zwaanhalskwartier where you’ll find vintage shops, cafes, and more. Bus #38 stops just a few feet away.


Finished a walk around the ‘Kralingse Plas’ and all the cafes there are too full? Then walk this way! It’s only 17 minutes walking and you can enjoy the terrace too. With the car? Parking is free in the weekend.

If you’re looking for a cozy place to grab something to eat in the area this place pretty much checks all the boxes! I’ve found found my local hangout!




Nederlandse samenvatting! Ik waag een poging in mijn tweede taal. Ik geef toe dat ik een deel ook regelrecht van de Croos website heb zitten kopiëren want dat is wel zo makkelijk 😉 .

Na een heerlijke dag gisteren in de Zwaanshalskwartier waar we veel leuks hebben gespot zijn we vandaag na een wandeling beëindigt hier om de hoek bij Croos Koffiebar.  Croos is gevestigd in Nieuw – Crooswijk, op de hoek van de Paradijslaan en de Exercitiestraat.



Naast lekkere koffie kun je ook bij Croos terecht voor een snelle of uitgebreide lunch, huisgemaakte taart of een borrel op het terras. Ook komt er kunst aan de muur, muziek op zondagmiddag, kindermiddagen en nog veel meer. Daarnaast is het mogelijk om je feestje bij ons te vieren (verjaardag, borrel, bruiloft, afstudeerfeestje).

Ook aan de kinderen is gedacht! In de CROOS-hoek kunnen ze lekker spelen met boekjes/auto’s/enz. Ook is er een kinderkeuken. Kind verschonen? Kan ook, ze hebben een keurige commode!

Croos is met OV te bereiken met Bus #38 en of tramlijn 7 of 8. Het is +/- 17 minuten lopen vanaf de Kralingse Plas en als je wilt buiten genieten kan dat ook op het terrasje van Croos. Dus te druk daar naast de Kralingse Plas en je wilt nog lekker eten en een lekkere kopje koffie of borrel? Dan kom eens deze kant op. Parkeren is gratis in het weekend.


Thanks for visiting! I really enjoy sharing all the places we’re discovering here in Rotterdam. Seriously the only regret I have about moving here is that I didn’t do it earlier! I love this city ♥


  • Cierra
    Posted at 22:46h, 17 February Reply

    It looks so cosy there! Can’t wait to visit you again and have lunch at Croos.

    • helloacreativemessnl
      Posted at 17:31h, 18 February Reply

      It is cosy! It’s a date. Also breakfast they’ve got a good breakfast menu ♥

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