Our museum café 'Het Lage Licht' (Low Light in Dutch) is named after the lighthouse in our museum harbour is a genuine home port, where you can drop anchor for a while with a great cup of coffee and freshly baked apple pie, or for lunch or a drink with waterside terrass.

Opening hours

Tuesday till Sunday from 12.00 till 17.00 pm.
Reserve your table by telephone on +31(0)10 402 92 00. You can also reserve a table on the spot. 

The café has a fresh, maritime image and a contemporary interior. There are objects from our collection in the new café as well. A central display case, for instance, contains a model ship of no less than 2.5 metres long of the Nieuw Amsterdam, a former flagship of the Holland America Line. You can admire model ships behind the bar as well, for example an English lightship, a boatman’s boat, a ship made of cloves, and the prototype of a freighter that was intended to be nuclear powered.

Local and sustainable

Our kitchen is plain sailing too. As many dishes as possible are made using locally sourced and sustainable products. Our cappuccino comes from the fair-trade brand Peeze and the fish snacks on the menu are from Wild-catch, a company that is combating food waste by only fishing in the North Sea. Our beer is from the Rotterdam brewery Kaapse Brouwers and the cheese is Rotterdamsche Oude. Even the bread, which is served with the soups and salads or can be ordered as a sandwich, is unusual. It’s a natural sourdough bread from Zeeland, prepared using purified seawater from the Oosterschelde National Park. It is also baked fresh every day by talented people work, who cannot make their way in a normal working environment.

Het Lage Licht lighthouse

'Het Lage Licht' café is named after the lighthouse in the Maritime Museum Harbour. From the end of the nineteenth century, lighthouse Lage Licht stood in Hook of Holland – together with another called the Hoge Licht (‘high light’) – guiding ships safely into the port of Rotterdam. The Lage Licht was decommissioned in 1967 and got its current spot in the museum’s harbour in the nineties.