Looking for a nice present from Rotterdam to bring home? Our editorial team selected 5 shops that are perfect for buying typical products and gifts that would make a nice present for friends and family.
There is a busy, buzzy vibe in The Industriegebouw. From 2 June this is the new spot for Groos (old Dutch word for ‘proud’), a concept store for the local creative industry. You won’t find your typical Euromast keyring souvenir in this ‘warehouse of quality products from Rotterdam’. The store on the Goudsesingel is stocked with the merchandise of creatives, including design, art, design, fashion, and delicatessen wares. The store’s philosophy is to have everything under the one roof that Rotterdam feels ‘groos’ about.
Rotterdam Tourist Information (VVV)
Get all your visitor information at rotterdam.info, based in the 17th century Schielandshuis (once a city palace). You’ll find a visitor information site in the main hall of Central Station as well. You can buy Rotterdam and Holland souvenirs at the Station and in a souvenir shop on the Korte Hoogstraat. Clogs, Delfts Blue ornaments, clothing, books, caps, magnets—it’s all there. A Rotterdam Welcome Card can be purchased at these sites, giving you discounts on diverse attractions, museums, and restaurants.
If you want something a little different, try Nultien. This clothing store in the city’s north sells t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, and baby outfits with printed texts like ‘010 isn’t just a code’ (010 is the area code for Rotterdam).
Nieuwe Binnenweg 95
Brandstore De Rotterdamsche Oude
Versunit 54 in the Markthal sells Made in Rotterdam products to take away and eat. Like Pinky Rose’s handmade syrups and (of course) Rotterdamsche Oude. Since the opening of the Markthal a couple of years ago, sales of this ‘aged’ cheese have exploded, with clients coming from as far as the United States and Canada. It’s not actually from Rotterdam, we hasten to add. The slightly sweet, smooth cheese is the product of North Holland’s pasture cows. ‘They simply give the best milk for cheese’, reasons the cheesemonger with a shrug.
Oostzeedijk Beneden 85B
Rotterdam’s most delectable fares are stocked by Foodelicious. From jars of Zeemansboter (peanut butter), beetroot mustard, and Maasstroompjes (biscuits) to Ketelbinkie beer. With delicacies from all around the world, Fooddelicious on the Mariniersweg is a foodie’s paradise.
Het Rotterdams Warenhuis
Hotel STROOM in the Llloydkwartier (Lloyd Quarter) has an in house store selling all sorts of special things from Rotterdam. Such as: backpacks, bags, baby clothes with fun inscriptions, Rotterdam-themed puzzles, calenders, and much more. It also has the 30kg XXL Feyenoord book that tells you all about ‘the best football club in the world’.
Bookstore Donner in the city centre sells travel guides and photography books focusing on Rotterdam, and also model kits of famous Rotterdam buildings.