Roosmarijn Saat, owner of Gimsel

Down to Earth with Gimsel

Many green-minded people know their way to de Groene Passage, the one-stop-shop for an eco-conscious lifestyle since 1997. In case you don’t, Roosmarijn Saat, owner of the organic supermarket Gimsel, Gimsel Academy and restaurant Spirit, welcomes people from all walks of life to come in, experience, learn and shop green. Sustainable living is on its…

De Brug (‘The Bridge’), the head office of Unilever Netherlands

A family of bridges

“Floating” impressively above a 19th-century margarine factory, De Brug (‘The Bridge’), has been the head office of Unilever Netherlands since 2008. Its construction at the time was a spectacle, but the final result is no less striking: a massive horizontal statement seen in its full splendour from the opposite side of the Nieuwe Maas river.…

Ketels aan de kade, a taste of history

A taste of history

Ketels aan de Kade  Historical Delfshaven flourishes during “Ketels aan de Kade” [Kettles on the quay]. Visitors can imagine themselves in times long gone, with historical scenes in the natural backdrop of the area. The location is the most picturesque part of the city in Delfshaven. The Dutch Herring trade once flourished here, where goods…

Ed van der Elsken

ODE TO LIFE

Ed van der Elsken, one of Holland’s most famous photographers, loved to photograph people, especially men and women who were unconventional. At an Amsterdam market, for example, he focused his camera on a blonde woman with a pack of poodles whose hairdos were every bit as extravagant as their owner’s. In Asia, punks were one…

North Sea Round Town

The best jazz that the city has to offer: mostly free, you can count on a varied jazz program with blues, soul, funk, hip hop, pop, improvisation and crossover. The performances are held at the most diverse in and outdoor locations, in unexpected places, pop-ups and jazz venues. Anywhere from living rooms and parks to…

For all Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter For all you Harry Potter fans, De Doelen is giving you the opportunity to experience ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ on the big screen, accompanied by a live performance of the score by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. A unique and thrilling experience. De Doelen, Schoubergplein 9-12 May dedoelen.nl

Celebrating freedom

Festival of Freedom On 5 May, we celebrate freedom. In 1945, on 5 May, the Netherlands was liberated from the German occupation during the 2nd World War. Ever since, we take this day to reflect and be thankful for our freedom. We also show our support to the people for whom freedom is not a…

Home from Home: The Architect DJ

In this series, Inside Rotterdam talks to expats, international students and fresh arrivals about why they’ve chosen to make Rotterdam their new home. Words: Jelle Simons Photography: Bart Hoogveld The Architect DJ Ovidiu Stanciu loves to wander through the southern part of Rotterdam. The remnants of the city’s old dockyards, with their robust, industrial buildings,…