Lofty ceilings, a cavernous former-warehouse interior, long reading tables stacked with international magazines and papers—little wonder this place attracts an artsy crowd. At its most mellow, the spot is perfect for a lazy afternoon treat of delicious homemade pastries, but you can come here for breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner, or even a snack after midnight. They offer a small selection for vegetarians. The brasserie, on a mezzanine above the open kitchen at the
back, looks out over the Rotte River. Since it's terribly crowded at times, you should get here unfashionably early to avoid disappointment—there's nowhere else like it in Rotterdam.