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Het Nieuwe Café, with a terrace on the Museumpark, serves coffee from Rotterdam’s Giraffe Coffee Roasters, tea from Theemaas, and a selection of soft drinks, beer and wine, as well as cakes.

The greenery is provided by Frank Bruggeman and Hans Engelbregt, designers of The New Garden. The bar was designed by Eric Roelen and the wall photography is by Johannes Schwartz.

Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 - 17:00.

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


Due to the coronavirus regulations, visitor numbers are limited. To visit Het Nieuwe Café, reserve a free entrance ticket in advance. If you already have a ticket for the museum, this also gives you access to the café and bookshop.

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.
At the moment, the Thursday Night Live! programme takes place online, therefore the café is open until 18:00. 

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