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Markthal Rotterdam – Iconic food Valhalla

Rotterdam’s architectural icons ensures that we have a spot on many lists of cool cities to visit. There is always a building project going on here that keeps changing the city i.e. with the newly finished Timmerhuis and the new Central Station building.

The Market Hall is a must see/visit for architecture lovers and foodies. You’ll find it opposite the cubic houses, the central Library (worth checking out inside), next to Station Blaak and near the Laurens church.

The first indoor food valhalla in the Netherlands, right next to the largest outdoor markets in Rotterdam on Tuesdays and Saturdays, makes it a complete shopping spree.

The Markthal opened the 1st of October 2014 by Queen Maxima and the first year over 8 million people visited Markthal.

The shape of the Markthal, designed by one of my favourite architects – MVRDV, is spectacular. The curved roof covering the hall is made up of apartments and the building has a large underground parking lot. Archaeological discoveries were found during construction which are displayed as a permanent expo around the escalators.

The inside of the curved ceiling is covered with an amazing colorful art piece ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno & Iris. 

Try to visit during hours when it’s less busy and take the time to see what’s on offer at the stalls, tick off your grocery list and take a snack/break at one of the rooftop terraces or dine at one of the restaurants. 

Check RotterdamTours (Dutch only!) or Archiguides for guided tours. 

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Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298, Rotterdam

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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00, Fri 10:00 - 21:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)