Round&Round ~ Sweet cakes in Rotterdam

After talking about Round&Round so often on the blog, I have finally visited the place with Lazy Chipmunk. We had a lovely afternoon with the Matcha Lover Hightea, celebrating 20 years of friendship.

This store is so cute and adorable. It’s everything I would have ever wanted in my cafe. But since they already did it so well, plús serving the most delicious soft (not too sweet) cakes, I gave up my dream and I will just blog about them.

History

I have followed their cake business since they had about 100 Facebook followers. Back then, Bing and Chao would bake cakes for friends and others who were interested. After a while I saw they had started a cafe. A store in Rotterdam where they would sell cakes and other cute stuff, which is Round&Round today.

Food

The cakes have a moderate amount of sweetness. I usually prefer to eat salty things, so I don’t like too much sugar. I have been to high teas before, but often the sweetness was too much. The Matcha Lover high tea however, is quite low on sugar, but still sweet enough. The amount of cakes you get is very generous. Whenever I thought they had served all the cakes (and made photos), more sweets were coming in.

We could just barely finish it. In the menu I saw that they also have a mini high tea, for the little eaters.

Menu

Their menu is lovely. Hand drawn sketches everywhere. I especially like their mindmap and sketch of their cafe.

Ordering cakes

It is also possible to order the cakes for a birthday or a cake craving. You can contact them via Facebook, email, calling or visiting the shop. I have ordered their roll cakes before, they range from 18 to 20 euro. The Matcha roll cake was really good, something you won’t eat often in The Netherlands. I also tried the Black charcoal roll cake. It was so black, but not chocolate. It had fresh fruits inside. I couldn’t finish the cake in one day, but after 3 days, the cake was still delicious!

Charcoal and Matcha roll cake

Shop

In the back of the cafe they have a shop section. They sell cute products and art from artists in Rotterdam. 

They have also researched a lot of matcha powders and teas and are now selling their own brand of matcha tea powder. It can be used for baking and drinking tea.

They still have so many cakes I want to try. Gotta taste them all!

Visit them!

Round&Round
Hoogstraat 55A, 3011 PG Rotterdam
☎️ +31 (0)10 7856 545
roundandround.nl      Facebook

Monday     Closed
Tue-Sat     11:00-18:00
Sun            12:00-17:00

Kek – Top coffee spot in Delft

Kek is my favorite coffee place in the Netherlands. It has a good vibe, relaxing music, fun interior design. Full with “frutsels”/designy things you can buy. And I really like their service. Always with a true smile and very thoughtful.

The first time I visited them with my mother, I ordered a Chai latte. I think a new employee made it, but the boss brought it. When she arrived at the table, she said: oh wait, I will make you a new one, it doesn’t look pretty. That’s really good service I think. The things you give to the clients should be perfect. I might be biased after this experience, but my second visit was also very pleasant:

I was planning to have a breakfast there, before going to the dentist (yes, a lot of dentist in my recent stories). I browsed their rich menu, a lot of interesting things to choose from. Their menu design is also smart. Every page is a category, so you can easily browse through it.

I have seen such a category menu before at Stads-Koffyhuis in Delft and thought it was smart. Eventually I choose a smoothie “The Hulk”. Kek has a small stand in the front of the store where they show all the fruit and vegetables they use for their smoothies and other drinks.

After my photoshoot of my Hulk smoothie a customer from the other window table also ordered one, since I was so engrossed by the smoothie. The Kek waitress already had the drink ready, she made more than 1 portion. Smart; if you know that more people will order. Bad; if nobody orders soon and the nice green color will turn brown. Or drink it yourself…

It tasted really good! I choose it because it has advocado in it. Ever since I tasted advocado in a smoothie, I am sold!

I am sure in the future I will go to Kek again, then I will try more solid food and expend this blogpost.

Visit them!

Kek Delft
Voldersgracht 27, 2611 EV Delft
+31 (0)15 750 32 53

kekdelft.nl

Mon-Fri     8:30-18:00
Sat-Sun     9:00-18:00

Eindhoven: The Happiness Café

A sweet little cafe has popped up in Eindhoven:

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First impression

At first impression it looks cute with the logo and hart on the window.
Inside it looks so nice and hip:
happinesscafe wallhappinesscafe window

Lovely designed menu card hanging in the back of the counter. People get all the time to watch. The counter has a lot of things to look at: ingredients for salads, mugs to buy, coffee maker in the back. And quite a lot of people are working behind the counter.
happinesscafe counter

Chairs outside are made of wood and are also used inside. When the rain was pouring, the tables and chairs were inside. When the sun came out, the tables and chairs were put outside.

My little brother and I ordered a smoothie… It wasn’t very special, so that left me a scar.

Healthyberry

Healthy Berry smoothie

Everything is designed so nice, so I was a bit disappointed that the beverage was only “meh”. Hopefully the other food is nice.

Some research

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Pretty card with things they have to offer

Their website is designed very well. Pretty and informative. I really like the drawn pictures on their salad page:

saladbar

The Happiness Café offers some unique things: breakfasts, juices and detox stuff. You don’t find those a lot in the Netherlands. Their goal is to offer the people healthy, fresh, pure food. To make your body feel better and make you happy. Nice goal.
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Visit them!

The Happiness Café
Nieuwe Emmasingel 9
5611 AM Eindhoven
http://www.happinesscafe.nl
+31(0)40 845 1034

Food Trends: coffee shops

I live in the Netherlands, a small country in Europe where Amsterdam is the capital. We have a lot of cows, cheese, windmills, tulips and legal drugs. To get all the stereotypical things out there.

I will write a series of posts about the food trends I have been noticing in the Netherlands.

Back-story: When I was doing my industrial design bachelor at Eindhoven I had a very cool teacher for a very fun course. It was called trend watching or something similar to that. The teacher taught us to create our own design methods and to observe trends by going to a lot of conferences or events. “Go out there! Observe and analyse!” I really admired her, because she is a good talker and she had created her own job at a industrial design company by just doing her stuff ‘trend watching’ and they created a new position for her. That’s really awesome: doing your stuff, people like it and they want to pay for it. Hopefully I can create that one day.

Back to the trends in the Netherlands… It will be mostly based on things I like, because that is more fun to write about. First trend is…

Coffee shops!

Finally I see them more in the Netherlands. Those cute, hip, trendy coffee shops which I first saw in China and South-Korea.

Did you know: In the Netherlands the word ‘coffee shop’ is also used for bars where you can legally buy soft drugs. So if you are talking about ‘coffee shops’ in the Netherlands you are usually talking about those places. But I will use the name ‘coffee shop’ for coffee & tea places, because most people OUTSIDE the Netherlands will understand.

There are franchise coffee shops like Coffee Company, Douwe Egberts Café, Bagel & Beans and Starbucks. There are much more individual cute coffee shops. A few which I have visited:

The Living, Delft

The Living, Delft (also food)

Hills & Mills, Delft

Hills & Mills, Delft (also food)

Kek, Delft

Kek, Delft (also lunch)

CoffeeLab, Eindhoven

CoffeeLab, Eindhoven (only coffee & tea!)

I still want to visit Round&Round in Rotterdam. Created by two senior industrial design classmates. They started with selling soft fluffy cake roles.

Hmm.. I have to say most coffee shops are not only selling beverages and sweets, but they also sell dinner or design products. Maybe only selling coffee or tea would not be enough to earn money? Or maybe it’s because Dutch people don’t go out with friends to only sit in a café. They also want to do some activity? Shopping.. eating..

Books & café

Another trend is cafés in book stores. When buying a book, maybe you want to relax with a cup of coffee and read a book. The Van Piere bookstore in Eindhoven has a nice coffee shop called ‘Coffeelovers’

Coffeelovers, Eindhoven

Coffeelovers, Eindhoven (also books)

Also IKEA, HEMA and the V&D, which are mainly product shops, have added food & drinks areas in their shops. Food & drinks just go with everything. Except when going to the bathroom…

Although..

What if there is a small-bite-buffet for when you have to wait for the bathroom? A very nice waiting room before entering the toilets with snacks of the restaurant or whatever place you are. When it is your turn for the toilet, you will be guided to the other room with the toilets. Because you don’t want to have the toilet odours in the waiting room.

What do you think of that idea?
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