5 things you have to do when in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is by far one of the most modern cities in the Netherlands. It’s difficult to miss the countless examples of innovative and out-of-the-box architecture. So, when you are there, what are the things you simply must do?
1. Brunch or high tea at the Euromast
As the city is starting to awaken from its slumber, why not take the opportunity to observe it from above in the fabulous Euromast! During the weekend opt for brunch, starting from 9:30 am until 11:30 am, or go all out and indulge in a high tea, available every day of the week between 2 pm and 3:45 pm.
This is the perfect way to prepare yourself for a day of activities and sightseeing. Plus, it’s super yummy!
2. Visit the cube-houses
If there is one thing that Rotterdam is known for, it’s its cube-houses. Designed by Piet Blom, these cube-shaped houses which sit on only one of their corners, making them appear diamond-shaped, were built in 1984 and are guilelessly iconic.
These houses are located in the east of the city centre, close to Rotterdam Blaak station, so if you don’t fancy walking, you could always bike or take public transport to admire these quirky houses. What’s more, you can also take a peek inside one of them, as one of them is now a museum.
Standard entry is only 3 euros, which is a steal for a glimpse into how people live in these houses. Hint, the furniture is custom made- Ikea furniture is not really an option considering the dimensions of the houses.
3. Shop till you drop at the Koopgoot
Koopgoot roughly translates to shopping gutter, so it should come as no surprise that you can shop until you drop here. Koopgoot is, of course, not the official name of this shopping street, which is actually called Beurstraverse.
This street is particularly famous for its architecture, for which it has won many awards. Here, you can visit the jaw-dropping H&M, the biggest one in Europe! Or sit on a bronze chair and take in the scenery.
The Koopgoot has been the main shopping centre in Rotterdam for the last 20 years. So even if your bank account isn’t being friendly, it’s still a good idea to at least walk through the street, even if you have to window shop.
4. Eat food from around the world at Markthal
You’re probably hungry after all that shopping (or window shopping). The Markthal or Market Hall, is definitely the place to be then. Not too far from the Koopgoot, and close to Rotterdam Blaak station, this magnificent structure houses not only a hall full of different food outlets, but also apartments, a parking garage and retail stores.
Its arching façade is made more impressive by the artwork within, which covers 11.000m2. Created by Arno Coenen, the inside of the Markthal is adorned with images of fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers and insects, amongst other things.
Browse the food stalls to your hearts galore before picking your favourite treat to fill up on for lunch. You could also buy several types of food and enjoy a tapas-style lunch. If the sun is shining, we recommend finding a spot on the grass outside to enjoy your food and catch some rays at the same time.
5. Take a boat trip around the harbour
Finish off your day in Rotterdam with a boat trip around the harbour! This way you’ll learn about some of Rotterdam's history, important places and get to see the city from a different perspective.
There is so much to see, which is probably why this boat trip takes around 75 minutes. That’s definitely bang for your buck! There are plenty of tours, but Spido’s tour is one we can recommend. At 14,25 euros, it’s reasonably priced.
A quick word of advice: don’t forget a jacket. Even if the sun is shining, the breeze can be pretty chilly if you are on the top deck.