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.
Shop in the biggest market in Europe when you shop at the Haagse Markt. Spread over a large area, this market was built in 1938 near the Prinsegracht, or the Prince Canal, and was later relocated to its present location in Den Haag. On a regular basis, it sees more than 40,000 people on weekdays, and on weekends this number exceeds 60,000. This is probably because the market is open only four days of the week, thus making it even more sought after and a 'must-see' spot. Though called a market, the Haagse Markt operates more like a shopping center, with several of the sellers or merchants building permanent booths on the premises. The Haagse Markt also is the venue for several of the area's cultural and business events. Do plan a visit here and witness the genius of engineering as well as the cultural aspect of Den Haag. Please see the website for further information.
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.
Tired of getting your coffee in a vacuum-sealed pack in the supermarket? Want to see and smell the coffee beans and the tea leaves before you buy them? Well, this is your chance to create your own private blends! Theemaas sells coffee and tea like in the olden days. The shelves on the wall are stacked from top to bottom with large boxes of fresh coffee and tea from all over the world. Besides beverages and expert advice, Theemaas also sells tea and coffee pots, cups, and espresso machines. You can sit back and admire works of art while you decide exactly what your cup is. Every six weeks Theemaas has a new exhibition of glass, ceramics, stone or bronze.