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Black Friday in Rotterdam

Black Friday in Rotterdam

Guido Pijper

Black Friday in Rotterdam

Black Friday, on 27 November 2020, is a day where shopping in Rotterdam reaches its peak. On this day, (and on the weekend and the Monday after) shops, restaurants, hotels and museums in Rotterdam give big discounts on electronics, clothing, overnight stays, dinners and entrance tickets. The shops will be open until 23.00 at the earliest. Save your money and prepare yourself if you want to score those jeans or that portable speaker you’ve always wanted with a big discount.

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Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is seen as the start of the shopping season for Christmas. On this day, many stores offer big discounts. This of origin American phenomenon, which results in busy streets there until far into the night and billions of dollars, is also gaining ground in the Netherlands. Rotterdam was the first city to tackle Black Friday in a big way last year. Rotterdam is getting ready for shopaholics and bargain hunters again this year. More and more shops are joining in and it’s one of the busiest days of the year!


If you are a bargain hunter or just looking for a good deal, it’s a good idea to save your money until 27 November, 2020. On this date, shops, restaurants, hotels and museums in Rotterdam give big discounts on electronics, clothing, overnight stays, dinners and entrance tickets. These discounts and deals are often higher than the normal seasonal sales and can sometimes reach up to 80% of the original price. The discounts are often also offered online, but some shops add a little extra in the store.

A day full of special shopping deals and heavy discounts up to 80% of retail price!


Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving, which is on the fourth Thursday of November, just before Sinterklaas. It has been seen as the beginning of America’s shopping season since 1952. In 2020, Black Friday will be on Friday 27th November.

Opening hours

This year, again, the shops will be open longer on Black Friday and close at 23.00 at the earliest. Some shops will even stay open for an hour longer, such as the Bijenkorf. The RET has also indicated that the metro timetable will be adjusted to the late opening hours so that everyone can get home.

Shops in Rotterdam

Shops are not required to participate in Black Friday, but most don’t miss the opportunity for more turnover. It’s often the large retail chains that communicate their deals ahead of time. So, you can of course go to the Media Markt for all your electronics and the Bijenkorf for… just about anything. Shops like the Levi’s Store and Foot Locker are also happy to participate and ICI Paris XL and the HEMA offer nice discounts. View a selection of the participating stores at

Incidentally, it’s not only the shops that offer discounts; restaurants, hotels and museums in the city centre also have some great offers.

Practical Information

  • Check that the TV or sweater is really cheaper. The ‘from’ price is often not the price it was in store.
  • Discounts often apply to Saturdays and Sundays too. So, you don’t have to be there on Friday. And… on Cyber ​​Monday (the Monday after Black Friday) the discounts are often even higher.
  • Your chances of getting in and out of a shop quickly are slim. Consider a madhouse, long queues and that the product may be sold out.
  • The latest versions of something are not always offered at a good price. Do online research (most stores also show their offer online) before you buy.
  • Beware of shoplifters. There are more present at busy times.
  • Take public transport! It is probably very busy in the city and although the subways, trams and buses are crowded, it’s better than being stuck in a traffic jam.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and take something with to eat and drink. Then you always have something at hand if you need it fast.

If you are well prepared and do your research, you can often score a good deal.

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