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Charlotte & Barend
ALL-ROUND (RESTAURANT) GUIDE, FROM ROUGH ROTTERDAM TO HIP & HAPPENING HOEK VAN HOLLAND
Charlotte Damen (35), owner of Lilith Coffee (West, 'instagrammable' hotspot for coffee and lunch) & Pele Surf Shack (Hoek van Holland, first/only vegan beach bar in the Netherlands) & Barend Lippens (27), Musician/Producer.
Lives: Have lived in literally every Rotterdam neighbourhood. Now part-time in the historic city centre of Schiedam and at the Hoek van Holland campsite.
Why: Because it’s nice and quiet in Schiedam, and you still have a traditional square, monumental buildings, old bridges... a lot of craftsmanship, wonderfully historic!
Enthusiastic about: Restaurant entrepreneurs with passion and knowledge – 'people who do something very specific that they’re good at!'
For a real Hoekse experience, you should stand on the sidelines at The Hookers Rugby Club or drink a beer at one of the genuine village pubs on the Prins Hendriksstraat. Hoek van Holland also has many surf fanatics, so the wide beach of this 'southwestern corner of the Netherlands' forms the context for many days in the life of a typical Hoekenees. Sporty people!