Pop-up Mexican Restaurant And Bar

11 jul – 31 aug 2024. Wed-Sun 

Plant-based, organic (where possible), mostly gluten free, All profits donated

Artwork Sanne Luijben

We look forward to seeing you! If you can’t make it, we appreciate it if you let us know in advance.


Maria & Pepe are back for summer 2024. Located at the sunny terrace of cultural and ecological hub OASE, our pop-up restaurant and bar is back to fire your spirit and paint your soul in all kinds of colors.  

A plant-based menu inspired by Mexico’s rich history and culture will tickle your senses, evenings of dance, song and delightful conversations will reach deep into your heart.

“Maria & Pepe” is a product of love for the planet and all beings that live on it.

We believe in food as a universal language that allows us to unite, let our guards down and relish our time together.

All the profits will be donated to an organisation in Mexico (Heroes Campesinos, in 2023 we donated €5000) and a NGO in Rotterdam.

Join us for a taste of Mexican zest! We’ll be waiting with a cold cerveza on one hand, and tacos on the other.

Ahi nos vemos,
Maria & Pepe


26 July | 21:30 – Salsa & Bachata – DJ Phily
Free Entrance

3 August | 20:00 – Live Music: Son de Aquí
Free Entrance

4 August | 14:00 – Tortilla-Making Workshop 
Tickets: €10 – SOLD OUT

4 August | 16:00 – Tortilla-Making Workshop 
Tickets: €10 – Register here

11 August | 14:00 – Mexican Folklore Art Workshop 
Tickets: €10 – Register here


Who are Maria & Pepe?

Maria is Mexican. In her youth, she spent her days buying papas con chile, limon y sal (chips with hot sauce, lime and salt) and mango from street vendors in Mexico City. Among the things that lift her up are the sound of trumpets and drums, as well as working towards a world where all living beings – humans and non-humans – are cared for and respected. 

Pepe’s real name is Joost. In Mexico, Pepe is a nickname for those called José – which translates to Joost in Dutch. Maria’s father named him Pepe at the start of their relationship. Pepe is an ecopreneur and avid tree-lover in search of a joyful, peaceful way of living on this Earth. Time is precious for Pepe. For him, every second is a golden opportunity to make a positive impact within yourself and the world. 

Maria and Pepe met by chance on a hot summer day in a park in Rotterdam and have been together ever since… This love story is a good one; if you ask for it, we’ll be happy to share it with you at the restaurant. They created a list of things they wanted to do together, and building a restaurant happened to be on it. But ‘restaurant’ is only scratching the surface of what they envision it to be. 

Maria & Pepe – now a pop-up, perhaps a permanent project later – strives to show a side of Mexico that is not widely known. Our plant-based menu tells stories of its wonderful people, culture and history. It also represents part of the path they believe can help make the world kinder and better.

Profits will be donated to Heroes Campesinos, a Mexican organization that shares the stories of local Mexican farmers and artisans to raise awareness of the social, economic and environmental injustice they face, and find support. We have donated 5000 euro as a result of our ’23 summer edition. 

We will also donate to Voedseltuin Rotterdam

OASE Rotterdam
Schiehaven 15a
3024 EC Rotterdam

Wed-Sun for dinner: 17.00 – late. Kitchen closes 21.30
Sunday for early finger food: 14.00 – 19.00 (last reservation) Kitchen closes 20.00.

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Maria & Pepe is an initiative by Maria Indjeian Diaz and Joost van Beek.

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