De Markthal

You'll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam's Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The Markthal has about 100 fresh food stands, nearly 15 food shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-level underground car park below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawling across the ceiling: the 'Horn of Plenty' by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Thanks to this grand span of art, the Markthal has been referred to as the Dutch version of the Sistine Chapel.

The Markthal also includes the Tijdtrap: an exhibition of archaeological finds from mediaeval Rotterdam excavated during the building's construction, now on public display for free.

The Markthal is open seven days a week until 20:00.

Visitors can sign up for an Open Tour on the weekend via De Rotterdam Tours : a one-hour tour of the Markthal. An expert guide will tell you all about the design, the construction and the history of the building and give you a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.

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  • Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298
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