I love to hang around in the Museumpark in Rotterdam. They just rebuild the whole area. It is a green, quite place now where you can hang around, lay in the grass, or sit on the nice terraces of the Kunsthal and NAi. On the Museum square there are organized a lot of cool things, especially in summer; pleinbioscoop (open air movies), SWAN Market, Parade.
Normally at train stations the only place you can get a decent coffee is at Starbucks. Not that Starbucks is not good, but I prefer different, more exclusive coffee places. And that’s why you should get your coffee in Rotterdam central station (or most other central stations in Holland; Leiden, Den Haag, Amsterdam) at Lebkov & Sons!
One of the things I love about living in the coolest street in Rotterdam, Witte de Withstraat, is that I never have to leave my street. I can get my morning coffee @ Hopper, breakfast @ de Bakkerswinkel, clothes @ Margreet Olsthoorn, sneakers @ Seventyfive, and drinks @ NRC. And I get my lunch @ The Bagel Bakery!!
I discovered this coffee spot when I was still studying and cycled to uni every day, well almost every day. It is a quiet little café; you can easily take your laptop, and study or work all day. Or curl up in one of the comfy chairs with a magazine or iPad, which you can borrow for free.
Hidden in a part of the centre of Rotterdam where you don’t walk by easily, the Nieuwemarkt square, you’ll find the Urban Espresso Bar. A little breakfast, lunch and coffee place. It is a really small place, but they have the most amazing coffee. In summer they have a terrace on the little square and you can enjoy your coffee in the sun.
One of my favorite spots in Madrid is La Bicicleta. The neighborhood is great, crash down in a comfy couch after shopping in Calle Fuencarral and the little streets of Malasaña. The atmosphere in this place is super relaxing, hang with your friends and have a beer, or take your laptop with you to do some work. And I love the interior. All chairs and couches are super old and just randomly put together, but they are so comfy and the place looks so homey because of this. When you’re hungry take a salad or the delicious tortilla de patatas.
What is not to like about a book store with a coffee/lunch spot inside where you can immediately dive into your new bought books! This bookstore in the centre of Madrid is a beautiful old three floor building where you can easily spent a few hours sniffing between all the books, notebooks and other stuff they are selling.
As my all-time favorite coffee spot in Rotterdam, Hopper cannot be missed on my Rotterdam hotspot list. Because of this place I have my morning coffee every day ready for me, I have a lovely terrace around the corner of my apartment to drink my coffee in the sun and not unimportant I survived my thesis time. Basically, I owe my life to Hopper :p.