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Het Nieuwe Café, with a terrace on the Museumpark, has an almost entirely vegetarian, seasonal and organic menu. It serves coffee from Rotterdam’s Giraffe Coffee Roasters, tea from Betjeman & Barton, and a selection of soft drinks, beer and wine. The lunch menu features homemade soups, vegetarian salads and fresh sandwiches.

Thursday Night Live! on Thursday evenings offers a diverse programme of lectures and debates about architecture, design and digital culture. Why not enjoy a pre-event supper with the speakers, guests and Het Nieuwe Instituut's staff. The Thursday Bite, served in Het Nieuwe Café from 18.00, offers a light vegetarian meal. Attend one of the debates, film screenings or other activities or meet friends and professional contacts in the bar.

Het Nieuwe Café in Het Nieuwe Instituut is managed by Guido Waas and his team. The greenery is provided by Frank Bruggeman and Hans Engelbregt, designers of The New Garden. The bar is designed by Eric Roelen en the photo on the wall was made by Johannes Schwartz.

Opening hours

The café is open from Tuesday to Sunday during the day and also on Thursday evenings during Thursday Night Live!

Reservations can be made by email:

Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10.00 to 17.30
Thursdays from 10.00 to 23.00
Sundays and public holidays from 11.00 to 17.30 

Closed on Mondays, and 1 January, 27 April and 25 December
Open on Easter Monday and Whit Monday

Catering and groups

The New Café can accommodate large groups for lunch, drinks or dinner. It can arrange catering for events ranging from exhibition openings to programmes for organisations making use of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s facilities. More information about hiring the café and catering. You can also send an email to