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Hotspot: The Foodhallen Words: Ellen Scholtens Photo: Bart Hoogveld A former warehouse transformed into a designer hotel with its own mercado is the latest hotspot at Kop van Zuid. Located in a historic building that, from 1818 onwards, was originally used to store tea, seeds and nuts. The mercado, or food court Foodhallen Rotterdam, dishes…

RotterdamseKost

Food & Music This food festival boasts the Netherlands’ largest outdoor bar and promises to be both a culinary and musical surprise. As well as typical Rotterdam street food, there will be signature dishes from the city’s best restaurants. There will also be live shows by big names in Dutch music. This includes the likes…

Djemaa el Fna 

A perfect festival to end the summer. Inspired by the Marrakech square of the same name, Djemaa el Fna will transform Museumpark into a bustling Moroccan village, where you can smell the tajines and hear the beat of the drums. There will even be a colourful souk, where you will find literature, music, theatre, comedy,…

De Gele Kanarie

Translating as the Yellow Canary, this huge, beautifully decorated beer café is the cool new hang-out on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s food and drink, an enormous terrace that catches the sun late into the evening, live music, bingo and pub quizzes. But why that name? It refers to the ‘yellow rascals’ beer brewed on…

Freitag

This new store in Van Oldenbarneveltstraat — the very first Freitag in the Netherlands — carries the Swiss brand’s entire collection. For those still unacquainted with the name, that means up to 2,000 different bags all made from recycled truck tarpaulins. For those who do know this hip sustainable brand, it means you can browse…

Home Stock

This brand-new mini warehouse is like a candy store. It’s an explosion of coloured and printed homeware, including a pink couch, golden tables, flower frames, cute candles, palm-tree wallpaper and plenty more. Fans of the trendy bohemian lifestyle will adore it. Whether you’re after something for your own home, an off-beat present or just inspiration, you’ll…

Koekela

Koekela is an American-style cakes and cookies store. During the weekend, Rotterdammers will line up here to get their fix of brownies, bars, muffins, cakes, scones and other irresistible treats sold by weight or per item. Also cheesecakes, lemon and meringue pies, and Koekela’s very own version of American Pie. Everything is made by hand…