The Witte de Withstraat is one of the hotspots for fashionistas and shoppers who are looking for something special. The street is on the way to the museums (Boymans Van Beuningen, Dutch Architecture Institute and Kunsthal), so I visit the the Witte de With straat regularly. I like the varied selection of the shops, galleries and restaurants of this cultural street. Here is also my favourite Middle Eastern Restaurant, the Bazar.
Why didn't it surprise me to find here one of the special shops of Marlies Dekkers, a dutch designer of spicy underwear. The lingerie is almost too striking and beautiful to wear only as underwear.
What to buy: Of course you can find the Marlies Dekkers underwear in several lingerieshops all over the country, but the choice in lingerie sets, swimming suits etc. in this special shop is bigger and also more abundantly exhibited.
What to pay: Bring enough money or your credticard
The Beehive Shopping Mall actually is one of the so called flagship stores in Holland (the other ones are in The Hague & Amsterdam). The Bijenkorf Rotterdam was opened in 1956 and still is the only real one to many people. The imposing building does look like a beehive, designed by the Hongarian-American architect Marcel Breuer ...
I always have to think of "Insects Hustling & Bustling" ...
There are some 460 privat parking places.
Monday 11.00-18.00 hrs
Tuesday 9.30-18.00 hrs
Wednesday 9.30-18.00 hrs
Thursday 9.30-18.00 hrs
Friday 9.30-21.00 hrs
Saturday 9.30-18.00 hrs
Sunday 12.00-18.00 hrs
What to buy: Well, like my The Hague Beehive; famous and luxurious -historic and legedary.
Take a look at the make-up compartment, with good products. There is an art-galery, fashion is trendy, up-to-date and donot miss the "Drie Dolle Dwaze Dagen" (Three Mad Silly Days) when in town, mostly in September. Beehive is then Madhouse for 3 days ...
What to pay: When "Madhouse" ... just open your wallet ...
Every Tuesday and Saterday, the main market square 'Blaak' is turned into a big bazar of all kinds of food, clothing & shoes, flowers, plants and even curiosa. The 465 stands are making this the 3th biggest market in the Netherlands.
The variation of Rotterdams markets are so wide because of the many different cultures living here.
I love going to this (very crowded) market because of the quality and the surprisingly low prices! Because of the big space of the marketsquare it's nice to walk around, even when very crowded.
If you don't like crowded area's, I'd suggest to visit Tuesday-mornings and avoid Saturday afternoons.
There are also small markets every Friday and Sunday.
What to buy: Fish and chicken, bread (dutch, turkish, surinam etc), dutch cheese and eggs, cheap bags, shoes and clothing, fresh fruits and vegetables, DVD's, phone supplies, furniture, beautiful flowers, fabrics and much more!
What to pay: cheap
The famous Lijnbaan is Holland's first pedestrian shopping promenade, with a wide variety of shops.
The stores are also part of realm monuments.
What to buy: My favourite shops on the Lijnbaan are:
-Ben and Jerry's and Australian (delicious icecreams)
-Donner, a huge bookstore with 8 levels full of books, CD's, DVD's, maps and more. (Bill Clinton recently came here to sign books)
-Media Markt (huge departmentstore with cheapest Electronics, Cd's, Computers and more)
Rotterdam has a wide selection of shops, and unlike in Amsterdam's Leidsestraat, where you would be mixing with bikes and other traffic, you don't have to worry about being hit by a tram(!), since many of the shopping streets are pedestrianised. Lijnbaan shopping center, was the first set of pedestrian streets of the country, opened in 1953. Other shopping streets include the Hoogstraat (lit. 'High Street'), the Coolsingel (nr. the city hall), and the Weena, which runs from the Central Station to the Hofplein square. A modern shopping venue is the Beurstraverse ('Stock Exchange Traverse'), better known by the informal name 'Koopgoot' (lit. 'Shopping Gutter'), after its low-lying position, crossing Rotterdam's main street Coolsingel below street level.
The main shopping venue in the south of Rotterdam is Zuidplein, which lies close to Ahoy' Rotterdam, which is a large venue for shows, exhibitions, sporting events, concerts and congresses. Another prominent shopping center, called Alexandrium (sometimes still called by its former name Oosterhof), lies in the east of Rotterdam. It includes a large kitchen and furniture center.
This is one of my favourite market that I love to go, The market is on every wednesday open from 8 am till 16. pm. You can find and buy everything what you need at this market and it's cheap also.....:))
What to buy: Clothes, food and drinks, vegtables, meat ,shoes, toys and games,hobbies, gift,books, flowers ,2nd home furnishing, antiques,local craft and more.....
There are many shops with food in Rotterdam.
First of all, there are Albertheim shops and DenToom. These are worth for goods under the brand "euroshopper" but for the other goods they are quite expensive.
Good one is Aldi store. There are around 5 of them in Rotterdam as far as I know, the one I go to, is on the small island across the Willems bridge (the one on the photo). Here you can buy almost everything for very good prices.
And last but not least, every Tuesday and Saturday there is a big market on the Blaak station. There you can buy really everything, sometimes even cheaper than in Aldi, especially flowers, meat, fishes, fruit and vegetable and clothes. For bread and other rusk, milk and milk products including cheese it is better to go to Aldi.
If you like to look for CDs and LPs, this can become one of your favourite places in Rotterdam. De Plaatboef is one of four shops of a small chain, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks the atmosphere of such shops. There’s always a big choice of new and second hand CDs (over 13 000), LPs and DVDs there. Although there are some more shops like this in the Nieuwe Binnenweg, De Plaatboef is one of the best known and would be my first choice. But if you can’t find the CD you are looking for, go to the next shop which is only a few meter away.
The dominating supermarket chain in the Netherlands is Albert Heijn and this is also the most easy to find in the city center: One shop is at the Lijnbaan while a ministore is found in the central train station. Albert Heijn has a big choice, but is not the cheapest supermarket. Cheapskates like me prefer discounter markets like Aldi. Surely, not the most beauiful supermarkets. But they serve their purpose: Getting cheap food and drinks.
What to buy: Aldi is a well-known chain in Germany and other european countries. They sell almost everywhere the same stuff. Although quality may be better at AH, Aldi's groceries are also fine.
The Plaza shoppingcentre is opposite the Central Station in the heart of the city, close to De Doelen and the Milleniumtower with the Westin Hotel.
I liked usuallly to walk through this indoor shoppingcentre on my way from the Central Station to the Coolsingel and the townhall, but never took enough time to look around very well. There are about 30 shops and bars, like some fashion shops, a bakery, a juice bar, a drugstore, a bookstore and the Holland Casino.
In summer 2006 I stayed in the Westin Hotel nearby and had a closer look. There is a nice atrium with a terrace (picture 1). Because of the North Sea Jazz Festival there were some lovely sandsculptures of musicians created in the atrium as well (picture 3).
At the entrance of the World Art Museum you will find the interesting museum shop with products from all over the world like African masks, Tibetan thangas, jewellery, books, postcards, clothes and many more items.
During our visit in summer 2006 there was an exhibition of Tibet and the 14 Dalai Lamas, which will stay six months till january 2007. So there were many Tibetan objects and buddhist book in the shop.
What to buy: I bought a colourful Tuareg necklace. Never saw one like this before, because mostly they are black and white.
Yes, you are right. The name of the tip is also the name of the shop: "Cheap Fashion". It's a second hand shop for men and women with cheap prices. Style is mostly sporty and alternative.
What to buy: There are all kind of second hand clothes and even some shoes (chucks). Anyway, the choice of men's trousers was not really high. Most of them were Levi's pants for 15 EUR with horrible sizes like 36/28.
For those interested in botanic and herbal solutions, you will find several coffee shops around the city. Do not expect Rotterdam to be like Amsterdam as the old quarter in Amsterdam is ridiculous since it has so many coffee shops. I personnaly have been to 2 or 3 of them that were OK. No great design. Nor exceptionnal. Went near Blaak station.
I am not such an expert in botanic but some of my friends were and told me the quality was exceptionnal. Strong though, so fasten your seat belt!!!
In this small indoor plaza are a few speciality shops you could visit.
- Best boy Company (trendy clothing)
- Wulfsen & Wulfsen (casual & business clothing)
- Goa fashion (for the young women)
- Dickens & Jones ( brandnames for men)
- La Coccinelle (childrens clothing)
- ECI (books and records) membership required
- Stip juwelers.
- Etos (pharmacy and beauty)
What to pay: Shops are more expensive then other shops in Rotterdam.
When we were at Beurstraverse some crisp company may be launching their new product started giving away packets of crisp free. We made the most of this opportunity and grabbed few packs of crisp, but they turned out to be dreadful. But you can’t complain about free items.
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Shopping in Rotterdam is an exploration in itself. There is the modern centre with all the chain shops, but in the many neighbourhoods you can find many delightful little shops.