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Rotterdam Shopping

From: Rotterdam Travel Guide

Beurstraverse Rotterdam

ABOVE: Two boys admire a fountain in the Beurstraverse, a sunken shopping street (nicknamed the "Shopping Gutter") for pedestrians in downtown Rotterdam.

Shopping districts and stores

BeursgalleryFor mainstream shopping, Rotterdam's city center is the place to go: You'll find Rotterdam's top department store, de Bijenkorf, along with international brands like C&A, H&M, and Sephora, along with specialty stores that deserve special mention:

De ZonnewijzerDe Zonnewijzer is on Korte Hoogstraat, just east of the Blaak-Coolsingel intersection. It sells wooden toys, nursery accessories, clothes for children and mothers-to-be, craft items, and school supplies.

Meijer en Blessing RotterdamMeijer & Blessing, a Rotterdam institution since 1813, specializes in Märklin model trains, radio-controlled cars, products for model-builders, and other hobby items.

De Groene PassageDe Groene Passage is a cooperative of businesses that sell organic, natural, or fair-trade products. The eight stores in the passage range from Gimsel (an organic supermarket) to Van Binnen (a purveyor of ecologically-correct home furnishings).

Other local shops and galleries of note include:

  • Marlies Dekkers at Witte de Withstraat 2 (in a trendy district just west of downtown), which sells designer lingerie and is worth a peek for its window displays alone.

  • Margreeth Olsthoorn, also on the Witte de Withstraat. The stylish, simply-furnished MghO store has women's clothing, while MgHO2 is for men.

  • Sister Moon, in the Nieuwe Binnenweg, emphasizes trendy clothing and accessories for both sexes, with most new items coming from Spain. (The store also has used clothing.)

  • Very Cherry caters to female aficionados (aficionadas?) with '50s-inspired clothing. The same management owns a more contemporary clothing store, Art & Casey, in Nieuwe Binnengeg.

For more suggestions, see the Rotterdam tourist office's Shopping page.

Public markets

Rotterdam has several public markets, but the one that gets the most attention is the eye-popping Markthal, which opened in 2014. The Market Hall is located in a large space beneath an innovative arch-shaped apartment building.

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6th inset photo: Martin De Wit.
7th inset photo: Netherlands Board of Tourism and Congresses.