Rotterdam is a unique mix of tough, trendy, chic and hip and you can experience that during a day of shopping in this city. It is one of the nicest Dutch cities to shop with several shopping areas.
Did you just come to shop? Then you won’t be disappointed! You will find large department stores, many shoe and clothing stores, but also unique specialty stores. A day in Rotterdam guarantees hours of shopping fun 7 days a week! We’ve listed our tips for you.
1. Start with the Rotterdam centre
Most shops can be found in the centre of Rotterdam. The most famous shopping areas in the city centre are: Coolsingel, Beursplein, Koopgoot and Lijnbaan.
At the Lijnbaan and the Beurstraverse you will find most of the clothing shops as well as the department store de Bijenkorf. In 1953 the Lijnbaan was the first car-free shopping boulevard in Europe and it is still the most famous shopping street in the city.
But there are also plenty of interesting side streets where you can find a lot of nice spots, like the Old and New Binnenweg with trendy boutiques and interior design shops.
2. Shop and sip at Pannekoekstraat
Maybe the nicest street in Rotterdam! Original shops and boutiques can be found in the Pannekoekstraat and the Botersloot. Stop here for your coffee at the Urban Espressobar coffee bar to enjoy blissful quality coffee and get back on your feet!
3. Rain or shine, these indoor shopping spots got you covered
Even in bad weather you can enjoy indoor shopping in Rotterdam. At the two large shopping malls Alexandrium and Zuidplein, you will find a lot of shops together.
Zuidplein is even the largest indoor shopping centre in the Netherlands. These shopping centers are both located outside the center but are very easy to reach by metro. Easy to combine with a day of shopping in the city centre! Count on the fact that you can easily spend hours on end in the large shopping malls. One of the crowd-pullers of Zuidplein is Primark’s large branch.
4. Have a satisfying lunch in the Market Hall
Visiting Rotterdam is not complete without a visit to the Market Hall, full of covered market stalls, restaurants and shops.
With over 8 million visitors a year, the Market Hall is a big hit in Rotterdam. You’ll find over 100 eateries, specialty shops and restaurants that together make up a variety of cuisines. A true walhalla for foodies! Don’t forget to look upstairs because on the inside facade of the Market Hall you’ll see a work of art of no less than two football pitches.
5. Fashion lovers: Don’t miss De Meent & the Nieuwemarkt
The most famous hotspots in Rotterdam when it comes to fashion, design and interior styles is De Meent and the Nieuwemarkt.
In recent years, De Meent, located in the Laurenskwartier, has developed into the most glamorous street in Rotterdam. Great fashionable clothes shops with a wonderfully cozy and relaxed atmosphere in the streets. You can rest in one of the many restaurants and lunchrooms.
6. Tour the longest market in Europe
Next to the many shops, you can discover Rotterdam’s largest market in the city centre near the Binnenrotte. Moreover, it is the longest market in Europe and therefore guarantees hours of shopping fun!
Along the almost 2.5 kilometers you’ll find more than 450 stalls with lots of stuff. This is also the place to be for tasty snacks and fresh food. The food on the market shows that Rotterdam is a multicultural city.
This market is held several times a week, on Tuesdays a little more food and on Saturdays a little more non-food. Near the Sint Laurenskerk are the market stalls with second-hand items.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for PREMIER SUITES Rotterdam, which specializes in luxury, full-suite serviced apartments in the heart of Rotterdam city. Writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle is something she finds enjoyable, next to playing the piano.