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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…

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,…

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…

Voorlopig

An eccentric department store – that’s how the owners refer to this unique gift shop. This place is a feast for your eyes, there are just so many lovely things to see and buy. A wall covered in little fish, made from porcelain and sourced from Portugal, nesting stations for birds, picture postcards, and hypoallergenic jewellery. Shelves…

Russian Classics Reinvented

Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival The city’s pride, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will headline at this year’s classical festival celebrating Russian music. And this year there will be much to celebrate, with it being the Russian conductor’s 30th festival. The rest of the fantastic line-up consists of Sergei Babayan, the choir of…

Discover Rotterdam’s Harbour

Wereld Havendagen (World Harbour Days) A weekend filled with activities and performances in and around Europe’s biggest harbour, topped off with the famous fireworks show on Saturday night. The event showcases many different aspects of the harbour to all its national and international visitors. Take part in various events and excursions or step aboard the…

Joelia

A new style of dining at Mario’s Rotterdammers call him a go-getter. That’s a huge compliment, especially for someone hailing from Amsterdam. People who roll up their sleeves and put in the hard yards are held in high regard in this city on the Maas, and chef Mario Ridder has been putting in some serious…