Roosendaal's Passage shopping mall seems to be a place that people either love or hate. I didn't go into it this visit but doing a bit of post-trip research I reckon I should have.
The impressive frontage caught my eye, along with the ornately decorated entranceways leading from Raadhuisstraat. By all accounts it's even more impressive inside with a gaudy Italianate decor, marble flooring, gilded mirrors, moulded woodwork and stained glass skylights. The shops are described as a mix of upscale independent specialist stores whilst in the centre, under a stained-glass dome is a cafe bar which often hosts a small orchestra.
For some people this is seen as pure kitsch, whilst for others it gets described as magnificent.
Well, that's another task for my next visit.
These three are all indoor-shopping centres. There are situated very close to eachother, and are the best way to walk through the city when the weather is bad once again.
Best way to reach them is to park your car in the indoor parking of the Roselaar, at the Laan van Brabant.
Inside the Roselaar you´ll find lots of different shops and eat- or drink stalls. Where you leave the Roselaar, you just have to cross the Nieuwe Markt to reach the Passage. Again, lots of shops. And when you leave this shopping centre, you just have to cross the street to reach the Biggelaar.
What to buy: Clothes, food, CD´s, books, shoes, toys, sportswear, electronics, and so on...
The Roselaar is the shopping heart of Roosendaal. It contains like C&A, Xenos, HEMA, WE, etc. In the surrounding streets like the Raadhuisstraat, Dr. Braberstraat and Nieuwe Markt. Its about 60.000m² of shopping area.