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Manuela Goncalves Tavares is well known in Rotterdam for her restaurant Coco in the Hoogstraat as well as previous ventures such as Toko 94 and Toko Trash. She regards heart and soul as essential ingredients in the kitchen and sees the restaurant not as a constantly changing concept, but as building on tradition by adding something new. Her own creations are based on an approach that she defines as ‘tokological’ – based on the hidden treasures, flavours and cultures that you find in the different tokos (food shops and small eateries) in the city: a real Rotterdam mix of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and Mediterranean influences.

The menu of Het Nieuwe Café features her colourful, often seasonal, vegetarian and vegan dishes, including, for example, a purple sweet potato soup with coconut milk, lime and plantain, and mushrooms with bok choy, coloured noodles and seaweed flakes.

Opening Hours

Tue - Wed 10am - 5pm
Thu 10am - 9pm
Fr - Sun 10am - 5pm

Closed on 27 April, 25 December, 1 January.
Open from 10am - 4pm on 24 December and 31 December. 

Contact or 06-30435824 (phone/whats-app)

Catering and Groups

Het Nieuwe 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


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.