5 Unique Shops for DIY, Handmade & Colorful Gifts
16 December 2017 by Martine and Jocy
Rotterdam is a vibrant city that continues to surprise me in every way even after living here for so long. Every few months a new hotspot will open making it a fresh and surprising city to live in and visit. But it’s also a hidden gem when it comes to shopping.
Markt Binnenrotte Centrummarkt
Every Tuesday and Saturday, the Binnenrotte (the large square near Station Blaak) becomes the place to go to buy vegetables, fruits, food, flowers and much more for a budget price. Near the Central Library you’ll find my favorite spot at the market: the fabric & DIY stalls! For just 1 EUR you can find a creative iron on patch and sometimes even fabric. I come here every Saturday to get my fabrics, mostly at Budgetstoffen.nl, but right next to the Library you’ll find a stall that I always recommend to people who have taken up sewing since the prices are super cheap: they start at 1-2 EUR per meter. Every week is a surprise, and I was impressed when I even found haute couture fabrics from Isabel Marant for just 7 EUR!
Even if you’re not into sewing you can come here to buy tools to customize an old denim jacket, pants or bag with fun iron on patches. Note that depending on the day you go you’ll find different stalls for DIY and fabrics.
What: Markt Binnenrotte Centrummarkt
Where: Binnenrotte 101
3011 HB Rotterdam
When: Tuesday & Saturday
Naaicafé Caroline Vogel
If all the colorful fabrics & DIY stalls at Blaak inspired you to create, then the Naaicafe is where you’ll learn how to make clothes and work with a sewing machine. In 2010, I did a beginner’s course here and my creative journey has evolved ever since. The whole place is so cozy and welcoming, from the tea & cookie you get before the class starts to the friendly teachers who always know how to explain things with a smile. The Naaicafe has several different courses for every level from beginners (Naaien door Beginners) to more advanced classes (Textiel kneepjes cursus).
Are you in Rotterdam for a few weeks or months? Just walk in from Tuesday to Saturday or get their strippenkaart (ticket strip). This allows you to use their sewing machine, get useful tips and work in an inspiring and creative atmosphere.
What: Naaicafé Caroline Vogel
Where: Hoogstraat 57
3011 PG Rotterdam
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 – 17:00
Tuesday – Wednesday 17:00 – 22:00
Designed by the New, Handmade by the Best and Worn by the greatest
Granny’s Finest is a shop that proves that wool and knitting are cool! By working with both experienced grannies and young designers who create the patterns for fashion and home interior accessories, Granny’s Finest combines the best of both worlds. And helps avoid feelings of loneliness among elder people.
The grannies are able to knit, which is something they love, come together in the weekly knitting clubs and meet new people, all while enjoying a cup of coffee and a tasty treat.
Visit the shop to buy some unique handmade wool fashion & accessories or order online.
What: Granny’s Finest
Where: Mariniersweg 55 ROTTERDAM
3011 NE Rotterdam
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00–18:00
Everybody in Rotterdam seems to have one: a Susan Bijl Shoppingbag! From the colorful limited edition to the classics, these bags are a staple for every local. Whether it’s at the grocery stores, mums on bikes or friends shopping in the city, you’ll spot the signature Susan Bijl bag everywhere and in almost every color.
And for those visiting Rotterdam by train you’ll be happy to know the shop is within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station.
What: Susan Bijl
Where: Mauritsweg 45a
3012 JV Rotterdam
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 10.00 – 18.00
Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Good food – Check
Instagrammable interior – Check
Colorful socks for a great gift – Check
Alfredo’s Taqueria offers the complete shopping experience for all your senses. This colorful Mexican restaurant located on the Goudsesingel embodies Mexico’s vibrant culture and cuisine in a beautiful location. Try a typical Mexican dish and while you’re waiting, snap a pic at the pink & blue stairs that are the perfect backdrop for a cool Instagram shot. After you’ve had a lovely night and are ready to go, have a look at the Alfredo Gonzales socks at the entrance.
What: Alfredo’s Taqueria
Where: Goudsesingel 204
3011 KD Rotterdam
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 – 00.00