Noordplein is a beautiful square in the ‘Oude Noorden’, full of lovely trees; the square feels like a city oasis. Every Saturday Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt is the place to be for anyone who likes to shop locally produced food. Think cheese, fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers, coffee and much more — all produced in a 50km radius from the center of Rotterdam.
The founders of Rotterdamse Oogst believe in strengthening the local food-chain by organizing events and bringing together local farmers, producers and consumers. They also believe good food doesn’t have to come from the other side of the world, and I couldn’t agree more!
The Rotterdam farmers market used to be quite a big monthly event, now it has become a weekly event (Yes!!!) which means that it can’t always be super big. Two Saturdays per month it is a mini market, and the other two Saturdays it’s an XXL market, which means extra stalls, music, and extra food and drinks, with enough going on to spend a whole day.
If you’re finished shopping, you should definitely explore the area; there are plenty of great shops and restaurants around, the Zwaanshals is a great shopping street, starting with cooking store Kookpunt. If you’re hungry you should check out Lof der Zoetheid (for lunch) and Destino or Fermin (for dinner).