Located in the monumental building of the Dutch ABN Amro bank, Donner has recently acquired a modern interior and a story worth telling.
Founded more than a century ago, the bookstore almost went bankrupt in 2014. This is when five employees joined financial forces and started a crowdfunding campaign in order to give Donner a new life, in the city where it was born. And they succeeded.
Although the renovation is still ongoing, the doors of Donner are open and welcome us into a modern cathedral for book lovers. One cannot help but notice the art-deco staircase that is visible from the main entrance and the glass panels that were discovered during the renovation and are now reused as part of the glass window that overlooks the majestic staircase.
At Donner, one can browse through Dutch and translated literature, books on art, photography, music, architecture, comics, cooking, fashion, travel… just about anything. Here and there lie comfortable seats where one can retreat to read their book of choice. On the mezzanine, there are several book titles at sharp prices. This is very often where one can find me. The second floor features a section with old books, classical music CDs and photo albums about Rotterdam, crafts and so on.
The restaurant of Donner is also situated on the second floor and is always busy.
Finally, the section with stationery and small presents is strong, as it showcases Dutch designers. Here you can get ideal presents with the spirit of Rotterdam.