In October of 2014, modern design and food merged at the opening of the Markthal, the new indoor food market of Rotterdam.
One of the things I was looking forward to for my latest trip to the Netherlands was the Markthal. I love food, and it is the perfect place to experience it. I arrived to the market on a cold December day and warmed up with Mediterranean tapas at Obba Food Bar, a wine and food bar nestled in the middle of the market. There, I had a delicious mezze of fried shrimp, mushroom balls, and an array of dips. The market has a wide selection of restaurants and stands you can eat in. You can have everything from vegetarian dishes to sushi to tapas at the many stands of the Markthal. There is also a wide variety of international ingredients from many shops, to include a full Asian supermarket and Caribbean staples such as plantains and cassava. If you want to go for Dutch goodies, there are several cheese stands to choose from. We ended up buying cheese to bring back home at De Rotterdamsche Oude (The old Rotterdamer). There are also delicious stroopwafels (two thin wafers filled with caramel) at van Vliet Stroopwafels you can bring home if savory is not your thing.
As a traveler, I love that Rotterdam is not as crowded with tourists. The city gives you a unique snapshot of Dutch life through its food and its multicultural population. If you love modern architecture, you will love the concept of the Markthal.