Markthal is the first covered market and a prominent landmark of the Netherlands. The market building is created on the designs by reputed architecture firm MVRDV. It features an extensive fresh food market, restaurants, and supermarket on the ground floor covered with an arched ceiling. The colorful interior and impressive glass arches are awe-inspiring. Guided tours of this notable sight are available for the visitors.
Fenix Food Factory situated on Veerlaan by the Nieuwe Maas river offers a place for the foodies in the neighborhood to stop by for relishing fresh and delectable culinary delights. The outdoor patio at this restaurant offers the perfect setting for those who would like to dine while enjoying the view of the shimmering waters of the river. Fenix Food Factory features a shop selling various farm produces at reasonable rates. Everything from cheese and veggies to juicy meat and spices are sold here. Apart from these, you can also get yourself a glass of beer from the microbrewery.
The Bijenkorf literally means the "beehive", and the name is derived due to its unusual exterior design. For years, the Bijenkorf has been the most traditional department store of the Netherlands. The Bijenkorf is wonderful luxurious shopping experience with four floors full of luxurious and fashionable articles. Here you can find clothes, accessories, shoes and lingerie (both classic and trendy), alongside make-up and perfumes from the best cosmetic houses, available at the perfume department. For your home, the Bijenkorf has an extensive collection of modern furniture and home wares. For a shopping break there is a café-restaurant with a wonderful view of downtown Rotterdam situated on the top level.
The buying drain, yes that's basically what De Koopgoot is if you translate it literally, but don't be fooled, this is one of the most exclusive shopping areas in Rotterdam. You could be excused for not realizing that you are in Rotterdam, as the Koopgoot looks rather Mediterranean in style. Constructed just four years ago, it has captured the essence of Rotterdam's existence, that international feel that only the world's second largest harbor city can have. The Koopgoot has shops like the Body Shop, C & A, Yves Rocher, and many specialty shops. There are also cafe terraces overlooking the shopping center which provide a wonderful view of the Koopgoot, where you can rest your shopping weary legs over a cup of good Dutch coffee.
The Media Markt is probably the best discount electrical store in Rotterdam. It is undoubtedly the cheapest, with prices up to 50% less than their competitors. There are two outlets of this recently opened store. There is one located right in the heart of Rotterdam's shopping district and the other in the east of Rotterdam at De Oosterhof shopping center, which is one of the largest shopping centers in Holland. Whether you are looking for a simple hairdryer or a complete house full of eletrical equipment, you simply can't do better than the Media Markt.
This shop is a veritable paradise for the hobbyist, since just about every type of miniature toy can be found here. There is a large collection of model trains (scale HO, N and others) and all related materials (tracks, model-plates, houses and buildings, etc.). The self-builder can also find all the required raw materials (wood, metal, plastic) and tools. Furthermore, there is a huge collection of model cars, boats and airplanes from the classic brands (such as Faller, Tamiya and Revell), alongside radio-controlled cars and helicopters.
Creemers (pronounced 'Kramers') is an extraordinary little shop on the busy Beursplein which specializes in luxury smoking necessities and pens. Apart from what a cigarshop 'normally' offers in the way of regular cigarettes, the specialty of this shop is the considerable supplies of tobacco, pipes, ashtrays and pens. Looking for gift articles of this kind? Your chance of succeeding here is better than anywhere.
The successful Italian fashion house uses top quality fabrics, a mixture of tradition and high-tech and the creativity of its young staff. Founded in 1951 by Achille Maramotti, it now produces many new collections each year and is certainly among the most high-class Italian labels . Even big names in the fashion world like Karl Lagerfeld and Dolce&Gabbana have already worked for the fashion house.
Situated in the center of Rotterdam, in the Beurstraverse or as the inhabitants of Rotterdam call it in "De Koopgoot", Simon Lévelt offers everything connected to coffee and tea, from teapots to espresso machines, and also an endless variety of actual coffees and teas. The shop smells delicious from all these blends and aromas. For new customers the Koffie en Theewijzer gives an explanation about the variety the shop offers. Simon Lévelt's coffee is bought in small batches and is roasted in his own roasting house in Haarlem. The tea assortment contains amongst others, many black, green and white teas, as well as pure, authentic Oolong teas.