Located close to the main shopping district of Rotterdam and to the central station, Karel Doormanstraat is a vibrant street with many shops, cool cafés and restaurants. Inside Rotterdam shows you the best places.
This specialty shop sells over 180 teas and 45 different coffee varieties from all around the world. It also sells beautiful modern ceramics (collected by the owner, a former Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum employee), delicatessen items that go with tea and coffee, tea and coffee tins and pots, books about tea, and chocolate.
Karel Doormanstraat 469
Beautiful minimalist fashion for the designer-basics look. Although ankle boots in two different suedes with two different heals are not really that basic! Enjoy browsing to relaxed psychedelic music.
Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 99
C.E.O Baas van de Lunch
Affiliated to Joelia, a two-star restaurant, but without the two-star prices! Specialties include steak sandwiches with goose liver and truffle jus, eggs Benedict, and Mr C.E.O, a meatball served with (organic) bread and jus. Attention to detail is all important for the owners of this establishment.
Karel Doormanstraat 368-370
The Sue Store
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of sweet things. Sue (real name: Kim) makes sugar-free, lactose-free, raw, and vegan treats using unrefined natural sugars. You’ll be seriously tempted by her raspberry cheesecake, tiramisu, or salted caramel with almonds, dates, peanut butter, vanilla, cacao, and pecan nuts.
Karel Doormanstraat 372
Van Beek en Specker
An authentic Rotterdam patisserie and confectionary run by two families. Quality and craftmanship are key ingredients for their tarts, cakes, and chocolate products. Their ‘appelkanjers’ are world famous in Rotterdam— a flaky pastry case with an apple filling, topped with chopped nuts. Their strawberry sponge cake and hazelnut meringues are also delicious.
Karel Doormanstraat 451
Get your Italian Buscaglione caffè crema at this coffee bar, open from early morning till the evening. The red carpet that runs through the terrace leads you to De Koffiebar’s comfortable interior where you can sit and work or just relax. Just like the gentlemen observed sitting in front of the café’s large window: earphones in, reading a book, in front of him a cappuccino and one of six (!) Koffiebar’s delicious cheesecakes…
Karel Doormanstraat 352
Stone Island by Country House
This shop specialises in Italian designed, quality casual gear for men. Stone Island, with its distinctive compass logo, is their main label. They also sell jackets by C.P Company, jeans by Denham, and jumpers by Ten C (an acronym for The Emperor’s New Clothes).
Karel Doormanstraat 344
A fantastic mini-warehouse that sells a hotch-potch (hutspot) of wares such as clothes, bikes, lamps, furniture, accessories, and heaps of other must-haves. This concept store is a great place to check out new and interesting brands, designers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Its owners are always on the lookout for unique products made with care and attention to detail, such as the beautifully crafted combs, scissors, knives, and tweezers by Bensenhaver
Karel Doormanstraat 317
Jac A. van Zanten
A delicatessen specializing in British food and gifts such as Mrs Ball’s chutneys or Emma Bridgewater’s crockery. High tea is served in the ‘living room’ (and wine section) space a couple of steps up at the back of the shop.
Karel Doormanstraat 292
Caesar Uomo and Caesar Donne
Looking for high-end women’s and men’s fashion or always wanted a classic Eloise bag by Christian Louboutin? Caesar Uomo en Donne sells exclusive labels, including Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, and Valentino. This stylish store has the latest threads from the world’s top fashion houses. Customers are welcome to ask the shop assistants for styling tips and fashion advice.
Karel Doormanstraat 257 and 263