It is no wonder Ayla is located at the Kruisplein Rotterdam. From this square in the heart of the city, many ways lead to various places: from Chinatown to the theatre hub and from the shopping centre to cultural sights. “Ayla’s location reflects the internationality and warmth of Rotterdam,” says co-owner Nikki van Dijk. “It is a crossroads of all the cultures living, working, staying, wandering and loving in Rotterdam.” Sharing is caring is something Ayla has taken at heart, with tapas made for sharing (even though you probably will not want to). The menu is constantly changing and serves up tapas with a twist that honours culinary traditions.