The front view of the Central Station of Rotterdam doesn’t need any explanation (check article: Kruisplein), the back of the Station does. Even though redevelopment just started, the contrast couldn’t be any bigger. But, luckily, if you pass all the madness of bikes going everywhere, cabs, pizza boys on scooters and let’s not forget about the impatient tram drivers, you end up at the Spoorsingel. This is a lovely, quiet pedestrian strip along a singel crowded by birds and all kinds of ducks.
After the Blitz of May 14, 1940 in the heart of Rotterdam, reconstruction started. A lot of the rubble was thrown into the local singels and canals to create more space for housing. A good example is the Binnenrotte, once a canal it is now the biggest street market in Rotterdam (Tue & Sat). The Provenierswijk, the neighbourhood the Spoorsingel runs through, wasn’t bombed so it has kept its authentic look and atmosphere.
I pass the Spoorsingel at least twice a day on my way to the station and back home. In the weekends or on a Friday afternoon I tend to make a little detour into the street called the Proveniersstraat. Caffe Booon (check the Caffe Booon article) and Le Nord (check the Le Nord article) can be the perfect start of the weekend.
P.S. The local government finally started reconstructing the back entrance of the station! It might be messy.