Rotterdam Shopping and Districts
(Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands)
The shopping on offer in Rotterdam has never been better. In recent years, the city has promoted Sunday shopping and the response has been excellent, with shops opening between midday and 17:00. The shops around Rotterdam city centre are always busy, particularly on Saturdays and Sundays.
Visitors shopping in the city can find everything from high-street fashions, retro clothing, ethnic groceries, Dutch cheese and plenty of fun, Dutch souvenirs, such as wooden clogs and model windmills. Shopping is not only to be found in the very heart of central Rotterdam, but a short walk away, within areas such as the Witte de Withstraat, which is not more than a ten-minute stroll from the city centre.
Where to Shop
Mainstream shopping in Rotterdam is at its best along the Lijnbaan, a popular pedestrianised arcade lined with an interesting assortment of shops. One of the newest shopping strips to arrive in Rotterdam is known as the Beurstraverse, which stretches between the Lijnbaan and the Hoogstraat, and close to the Coolsingel.
Coffee shops and familiar chain stores stand alongside each other on the Nieuwe Binnenweg, a lively part of Rotterdam also known for its nightlife. Just a stone's throw to the south of the Centraal Station, the West Kruiskade is a great spot for some serious food shopping and contains a number of grocery stores. For vintage clothing, check out the outlets on the Meent.