Located just 5 minutes walking from the impressive Rotterdam Central Station, Van Oldenbarneveltstraat is a paradise for anyone who likes good food and shopping in small luxury boutiques. Inside Rotterdam lists 12 hotspots that are worth a visit!
You feel like you have landed in Italy when you step into Mangiare (Italian for eating). If you can tear yourself away from the antipasti choices at the counter you’ll find more on offer in the elevated dining area and in the restaurant – with small garden – downstairs. A blackboard menu lists the day’s dishes and the chef’s specials are explained at your table by your waiter. The kitchen serves up platters of delicious antipasti that can be followed by a main chosen from a wide selection of pasta dishes or fish and meat options.
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Van Oldenbarneveltstraat is often referred to as Rotterdam’s ‘Rue de Mode’ but it is also a good dining destination. The L’Ouest tasting room has more than 40 different wines to choose from, imported from all around the world. Enjoy a glass with tapas or a meat and cheese platter. The restaurant’s menu has been created to offer diners food and wine options that are geared to one another.
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Loyal patrons frequent this cheerful wine bar for its high teas and high wines. Its menu includes club sandwiches, wild sockeye salmon, rib-eye steak salad, and gorgonzola dolce on bread with locally made condiments.
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This cool shop has a super-relaxed atmosphere. Owner Esme is also the creative force behind Rotterdam’s Swan Market. She has a good eye for the latest trends and selects things she really likes herself for her shop, selling clothing, lingerie, accessories, and great gifts like badges, wallets, and notebooks.
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Kiro by Kim
Kiro’s owner is a top-notch knitter. With the help of a team of creative knitters she offers an exciting collection of original handmade designs, using A-grade alpaca, merino, and mohair wools. Not cheap, but this hasn’t stopped fans flocking from near and far to buy her knitwear.
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Mostert & Van Leeuwen
Clients travel from Amsterdam and even from across the border in Germany to shop for Dries van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Paul Smith, Marni and other top designers stocked by Mostert & Van Leeuwen in their two stylish fashion stores (one each for men and women) on Van Oldenbarneveltstraat. They have jeans to chic evening wear, and are the only store in Rotterdam selling the designer label, Chloé.
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‘s Zomers Bloemen
Inspired by the fantastical world of Alice in Wonderland this wonderful shop is awash with flowers, interesting vases, stuffed animal displays, and ornaments. A glass fish on a furry rug or a huge porcelain peacock might be just the thing you are looking for!
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Rotterdam’s most beautiful cosmetics establishment by far, with a stylish interior fashioned after a chic Parisian apartment. Everything is placed with care and symmetry to create a peaceful Zen atmosphere. Two wonderfully serene treatment rooms with adjoining lounge and shower means clients can completely relax. Their handmade products are sourced from small niche businesses. This is la crème de la crème—there is nothing else really quite like it!
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A great place to shop for top quality bed, bath, and table linen. Much of the stock is sourced from France, Italy, and Portugal where the art of dressing a room is still greatly appreciated. Duvet covers and sheets can be ordered in extra-long sizes. A nice selection of kimonos as well.
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Alice in Cakeland
I Lemon You Berry Much, Pink Velvet, and Queen B are some of the tempting cupcakes sold at Alice in Cakeland. Freshly baked every day using quality ingredients, pure butter, and no artificial additives. You can order custom made cupcakes for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. Alice in Cakeland also runs cupcake workshops.
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For 23 years now Oxo’s designers have been hand-making unique rings, necklaces, and bracelets that they say have ‘soul’. Ring the doorbell to be let in to this nostalgically decorated jewellery gallery.
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Clothes have to be at least 70% organic before owner, Carlijn Q, will sell them in her shop. After buying organic clothing for her own children, mostly sourced from the US and Scandinavia, Carlijn decided to open up a shop and offer the same option to others. She sells super-soft baby suits, shirts and pants. Also bed linen, shampoos, wall stickers, and child-size cutlery.
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