Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (Self Guided), Rotterdam

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Netherlands » Rotterdam (See other walking tours in Rotterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Daniel
Egge Maritiem

1) Egge Maritiem

What to buy here: Nautical Decorative Oil Lamps.

Rotterdam is best known as one of the world’s biggest ports. Water and the port have always played an important role in the city. Nautical references reminiscent of the Maritime’s history can be seen around the city: old inner city harbors, historical warehouses and other characteristic paraphernalia of the time. Belonging to the last category are nautical decorative oil lamps: these are traditional oil fueled brass lamps, handmade to commercial ship standards manufactured since 1922 by Den Haan Rotterdam, a world famous company specialized in the fabrication of marine accessories. Many of the lamps are actual replicas of old models found on seagoing vessels a hundred years ago in Europe; therefore it’s guaranteed that these would make a distinctive and valuable gift among collectors and history lovers alike. Egge Maritiem is one of the largest marine-décor shops in The Netherlands and is coincidentally located close to the Rotterdam Maritime Museum, the Maas River and opposite to the Open Air Maritime Museum. Visiting the store and surroundings is a great way to experience a bit of the city’s history, so be sure to pack your camera and take some photos, they would make a nice anecdote to share when giving this special gift. Price: 100€ - 300€+
Feyenoord Fanshop Centrum

2) Feyenoord Fanshop Centrum

What to buy here: Soccer Jersey.

Rotterdam is the home of the professional football club Feyenoord, which is one of the three clubs dominating the Dutch national league and one of the most successful Dutch clubs today. Since its establishment in 1908, the club has won 14 nationals titles, and was the first Dutch club to win the European Cup in 1970 and also the first to win the UEFA cup in 1974. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the Club has the largest supporter group in the country, having fan shops in remote places outside The Netherlands such as Tokyo and South Korea. Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of the team, a visit to De Kuip (the tub) stadium is a great way to get familiar with the team’s long history in winning major trophies and also to witness the sense of proud and devotion shared by locals and supporters. After purchasing the official Jersey at the Feyenoord fan shop, you can continue your visit in the stadium by taking one of the tours which are always finished with a visit to the Feyenoord museum. Price: Kids: 60€, Adults: 70€.

Business hours: Monday: 12:00-17:30 Tuesday–Thursday & Saturday: 10:00–17:30 Friday: 10:00–21:00 Sunday: 12:00 – 17:00.
Dille & Kamille

3) Dille & Kamille

What to buy here: Candles.

Most people would probably think of candles as a plain gift until they visit The Netherlands and become aware of the fact that beyond being just everyday household items, these are used to deliver that cozy, gezellig ambiance to an otherwise ordinary room. They make great decorations as well, since they are available in plenty of colors, textures and sizes to complement every decorative style. There is simply no excuse to add a little warmth to your space and make others feel welcomed, The Dutch know this all too well: the country is the leader in the use of candles during Christmas burning about 3.3 kg per person every year. Dutch candle making dates back to 1858 with the establishment of the Gouda Candle brand which enjoys outstanding international reputation to this day. Regardless of its simplicity, they are a pretty, colorful and very cheap gift to bring back home or share with the family. Price: 2€ - 10€+

Operation Hours: Monday: 12 pm - 6 pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 9.30 am - 6 pm; Friday: 9.30 am - 9 pm; Saturday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5.30 pm;

4) Blokker

What to buy here: Poffertjes (Dutch miniature pancakes) Basics.

Poffertjes, the Dutch miniature, thick and sweet pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, were first baked around 1800 in France and were brought to The Netherlands by merchants and salespersons during the French revolution. While totally unknown in France, in Holland, poffertjes are considered a truly Dutch delicacy that only a small group of professionals traditionally prepare and proof of this can be seen in the many Poffertjessalons (restaurant specializing in Poffertjes) spread across the country. In Rotterdam, Poffertjessalon Seth has been preparing this treats for over 25 years according to a secret family recipe. Walking down Hoogstraat Street, you will find this restaurant which is easy to spot since the baker is normally outdoors preparing fresh poffertjes using a special copper pan as tradition dictates. Bringing this Dutch favorite back home with you is possible these days, since all you need is the poffertjespan, which is a special cast iron plate with indentations in it to hold the poffertjes and give them their round shape while the cook, and of course the poffertjes dry mix to make the batter. With the basics in place, all you need is follow the box directions, bake your mini pancakes using your brand-new poffertjespan and serve them like the Dutch: warm, with a dollop of real butter and dusted with powdered sugar.

Price: Poffertjes Mix: starting at 1.29€ per 400 grams box; Poffertjespan: 14.99€ - 39.95€.

Business hours: Monday: 11:00-18:00 Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00-18:00 Friday: 9:00-21:00 Saturday: 9:00-17:30 Sunday: 12:00-17:30.
Galerie Puur

5) Galerie Puur

What to buy here: A modern interpretation of the internationally renowned goldsmith tradition linked to the history of Dutch jewelry design; contemporary handmade jewelry incorporates both modern and classic materials such as precious and non-precious metals, stones, pearls, crystal, rubber and paper to create gorgeous, one of a kind, timeless pieces. Simple, pure and wearable are the fundamental characteristics of the designs which in turn make any of these pieces an exceptional and excellent gift choice for that special person. Gallery Puur is a gallery and atelier specialized in modern handmade jewelry with an extensive and changing collection displaying the work of several Dutch jewelry designers, alongside their own jewelry collection. The owners, which are likely to be seen working on the atelier through the shop windows, are very welcoming and they offer the possibility to develop custom made jewelry for their clients, and also perform reparations as requested. The gallery/atelier is centrally located, close to the Rotterdam Library and the Blaak station.

Another non-conventional choice is jewelry by Ralph Bakker, who craftfully combines gold, silver and precious gems with enamel and other surprising materials. "My inspirations are the material, the symbolism of a traditional shape or the beauty of a technique" says Bakker, who is equally proficient in traditional goldsmith techniques and the simbolism and minimalism of modern times. Price: 8€ - 800€.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5.30 pm;
Jumbo Supermarkten

6) Jumbo Supermarkten

What to buy here: Dutch Process Cocoa.

Chocoholics and Dutch people have at least this one thing in common: addiction to chocolate. Hot chocolate prepared with Dutch-process cacao is the favorite drink during winter months and it should be, as this particular kind of cacao was invented in 1828 by a Dutch chocolate maker called Coenraad Johannes van Houten, today best known as Van Houten; the famous Dutch brand of cocoa powder and cocoa based drinks. Droste and Blooker are also popular brands outside The Netherlands and surely both cooking lovers and gourmet food enthusiasts alike know the difference between natural cacao and the Dutch- process cacao (also known as Alkalized Unsweetened Cocoa) that is often required in European desserts and other recipes. This multipurpose ingredient ensures excellent results in every recipe where is called for: being a simple cup of hot chocolate or a decadent chocolate cake, go ahead and stock up on these little boxes full of rich and dark goodness while you can! Share them with family and friends back home and then sit back and wait because it won’t be long before somebody - unable to resist the temptation- decides to bake something scrumptious and gooey featuring (naturally!) your authentic Dutch cocoa.

Price: Boxes starting at 2€

Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

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A Cultural Walk in Rotterdam

A Cultural Walk in Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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