While visiting the vivid city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands with some of my friends – one of them is a local! – a while ago, we visited one of the main attractions of the city: the Market Hall! Walhalla for foodies and culinary-tourists visiting the region, but also a fun place to hang around for a bit.

Inside of this horseshoe-like building, you’ll find a kind of modernized version of the Barcelinian ‘Bocqueria’. A bustling market hall full of fresh fish, bread that’s still hot, tender meat, countless types of cheese and all sorts of fruit and vegetables. Taste, eat, cook, buy and sell, it’s all possible here! Craving for fresh coconut? Here you go!

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The interior of the ‘Markthal’ is covered with an 11,000 m² (the size of two football fields) large artwork by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, entitled ‘Hoorn des Overvloeds’. A title which refers to the Cornucopia, a horn of Latin mythology which symbolizes abundance and saturation. This beautiful piece of art shows strong magnified fruits, vegetables, cereal, fish, flowers and insects. Pretty cool!

After enjoying my delicious coconut and strolling around a bit, we went for some well-deserved Tapas & Pinchos at ’21 Pinchos’, which has won the award for ‘Best Tapas in the Netherlands’ two times in a row. Extraordinary wine- & food quality for an average price, what do foodies like us need more?

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Want to know more about the food stalls in the Market Hall? Click here for a list of all vendors!

More about the Market Hall:

  • Adress: Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011 GZ, Rotterdam. Parking available underneath the hall
  • Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 20.00 and on Sunday 12.00 – 18.00
  • Extra tip: The different bars and restaurants have their own opening hours. Check it out here.
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