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.....
Beurstraverse is not Oxford Street of London but nevertheless, it is shopper’s paradise. It has variety of shops available and most of the time it is crowded with locals and tourists. It is believed to be the hub of all shopping.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The rather posh quarter Kralingen has a nice shopping street called Lusthofstraat. It's really important that small shops stay in existence. That not everything is taken over by chains and megastores.
What to buy: Good quality shops like a bakery, good butcher and also an organic butcher, deli/cheeseshop, Turkish shop, various fashion boutiques, bookstore, toys, etc. Everything you need really in just one small street.
My eye fell on a beautiful purple leather shoulderbag in one of the boutiques (Altanzza) and my fate was sealed when I entered. Waaay too expensive. I'm no good at brands, but by seeing the quality I knew I had to do with serious quality brands for shoes, bags and other accessories.
In the end I found a bargain in the end of wintersale pile.
What to pay: I fell for a pair of gloves at the end of wintersale.
The gloves were half-price (which was still a considerable amount, haha!).
The West-Kruiskade continues onto the 1e Middelandstraat where you will find a number of Indian clothing shops. They are all extremely colourful and glittering with handsewn beads and decoration.
What to buy: Beautiful colourful sarees, evening gowns, childrens festive clothes, shoes, Indian jewelry, scarfs...
I bought 2 beautiful fabrics in the end-of-sale. A very large green scarf with lovely dark red knotted fringing, and a beautiful saree purple and green. Both were € 10 a piece. I think I will use the saree as a table cloth, as it is slightly damaged and not really fit to wear it as a saree. But beautiful nonetheless.
What to pay: A saree or evening dress is from about € 65 to € 250. You can also buy fabric and have it sewn into a ready made saree for € 30 extra.
The White Teeth Shop offers everything for your teeth. I didn't know there were sooo many more toothpastes than in a regular drugstore!
What to buy: Tooth powder to whiten your teeth, electric tooth brushes, tongue cleaners, you name it!
What to pay: Prices differ per product. I spent € 30,90 on 3 pots of tooth powder, a soft tooth brush and 2 brushes for my electric tooth brush.
This Design furniture shop is not just any other shop, it has many shops in one. It is a new shop, but in an historical building. This building used to be a meat factory and was built in 1900.
It has aprox. 2500 M2 of old and new design furniture as well as assesories. It is a great place to stroll around if you like design stuff. There is also an art-gallery attached to this store.
Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday and every first Sunday of the month 11am -5pm
What to buy: Just looking around is already fun, but hey, you might see something you've been searching for. And then, if you don't find anything you can always have a cappuchino in the cafe.
What to pay: Since they have also second hand furniture you might be able to find a good deal.
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 Witte de Withstraat is one of the hotspots for fashionistas and shoppers who are looking for something special. If you are in the area of the museums (Boymans Van Beuningen, Dutch Architecture Institute and Kunsthal), it is worth to pass by the Witte de With straat, a cultural trendy street with a varied selection of tempting shops, galleries and restaurants.
Shoe addicts, who love shoes of the Dutch designer Jan Jansen, like me have to visit the 'Dorine Christ' shop. The shop has a wide range of Jan Janssen shoes, but also nice accessories like bags and hats.
What to buy: I bought a pair of lovely boots (picture 2).
What to pay: Bring enough money or your credticard
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.
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.
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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.