In downtown Rotterdam we have several independent bookshops which we think are really worth checking out like De kleine Kapitein (children’s books), Snoek (Rotterdam books), Van Gennep (art, poetry, photography) and come-back kid De Slegte for ‘ramsj’ and secondhand books.
And there’s Donner at the Coolsingel! A book heaven.
In the past Donner merged with other branches under the name Selexyz Polare but went bankrupt in 2013. Some dedicated employees joined forces and thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign managed to save the shop.
Not only is the original name back but also the bookstore, relocated to the former ABN Amro bank building at Coolsingel. A post-war monument which stood empty for many years and now hosts Donner. It was a well made decision, as the shop will stay here, even when the bank returns to the higher floors in the near future.
They offer a wide range of specialized books, magazines and a side program with signing sessions. Go browse and buy new and second hand books, agendas, calendars, postcards, magazines, music and meet for coffee or lunch at Café Donner. There’s also a department for antique books, van der Heijde sheet music and a piano inviting everyone who can play a tune or two.
In the back is the café where you can get a good cup of coffee, a sip of wine, sandwiches or really great cakes! Check the menu. There’s an outdoor terrace too during warmer (and drier) days.