Rotterdam City Centre can be divided into three areas: Cool, the City Triangle and the shopping centre. Shopping downtown is concentrated around Beurstraverse, which is known colloquially as the Koopgoot or ‘shopping gutter’. Shops are open seven days a week here, and there’s always a bustle of cheerful activity. Housing complexes like Calypso, Karel Doorman and the B-tower offer luxurious city apartments at impressive heights.
Cool is the charming residential area behind Rotterdam’s arts and culture street: Witte de Withstraat. The neighbourhood is known for its artistic, multicultural flavour, not to mention its many restaurants and pubs. Although the area is in the heart of the city, it also includes quiet residential streets, making it just fine for families with children as well; there are excellent primary schools in the neighbourhood.
The City Triangle is the area around Blaak Station and the market. A fun area to live in, not just because the most beautiful residential complexes have been built there in recent years, but also and above all because of there’s always lots to see and do here. Strolling down Meent, fun-shopping on Pannenkoekstraat, checking out the nightlife in the Oude Haven, grabbing a bite to eat on Binnenrotte. Ready for a break from all the bustle? It’s just a few blocks to a green park or the Maas riverfront for a brisk walk and a breath of fresh air.
What does the city centre have that other parts of Rotterdam do not?
• The Markthal: the first (and biggest) covered food market in the Netherlands is a spectacular building where you can buy fresh fish, meat and produce every day.
• Witte de Withstraat: one street, dozens of galleries, pubs, lunchrooms, restaurants, fashion boutiques and theatres.
• Oude Haven: Historic ships contrast beautifully with the modern backdrop of the inner harbour, where sidewalk cafés are packed until well into the evening all summer.
• Beurstraverse, Lijnbaan and surroundings: Rotterdam’s definitive shopping district, where all the big brands have their stores.