Souvenir Shopping Part 2 (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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Netherlands » Rotterdam (See other walking tours in Rotterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: Daniel

1) Intertoys

What to buy here: Jigsaw Puzzles.

Why not adding a little variety to game night by building a good old fashioned jigsaw puzzle, just like the Dutch? Most challenging, colorful and crowded but especially humorous are the jigsaw puzzles created by Jan Van Haasteren; a local and very talented artist whose illustrations had been featured in the popular jigsaw puzzles manufactured by Dutch toy company Jumbo for several decades. Jan’s illustrations are best known for being highly detailed, cluttered and above all for the hilarious way in which they depict typical events of the Dutch society. With a huge collection of puzzles ranging from 500 – 5000 pieces and other special editions depending on the individual’s puzzling abilities, there is always something for everybody: from the little ones, to adults, to those new to puzzling. Don’t forget to look for Jan’s trademarks once finishing the puzzle: the shark’s fin – present in every single one of his jigsaw puzzles- and other favorites such as the hands, the dentures and last but not least, Jan’s obsession, Saint Nicholas (The Dutch version of Santa) which is always hidden somewhere in the crowd and that provides the “Made in Holland” character.

Price: from 12.99€ to 29.99€+

Operation Hours: Monday : 11 am - 6 pm; Tuesday - Wednesday: 9.30 am - 6 pm; Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm; Friday: 11 am - 6 pm and 9.30 am - 9 pm; Saturday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5.30 pm;

2) Jamin

What to buy here: Dutch Sweets.

Dutch people no doubt enjoy their sugary confections, Drop (salty or sweet liquorice) is the most popular, and this is not a surprise since Holland is the country with the highest per capita consumption of licorice in the world. It is habitual to buy this and other oud Hollandse snoepjes (Old Dutch candy) by weight, usually packed in Puntzakken which a kind of cone shaped plastic bag. Dutch sweets are definitely distinct and have an old fashion character: in the case of drop, it is known for having healing properties as it helps to soothe a sore throat. Other old times sweets feature unusual ingredients such as aniseed, bay leaf and butter, and even more nostalgic names such as Oma's snoepmix (Grandma’s candy mix). Blaak market is well known for its stalls selling all kinds of traditional Dutch confections. Another special shop is Jamin; this candy shop opened its doors 125 years ago and is probably the first choice among the locals given the variety, fun décor, packaging and mixing options. You can never go wrong with these sweets: they are portable size, nice looking treats that make great gifts from Rotterdam. Price: depending on weight, starting at 2€.

Operation Hours: Monday: 10 am - 6 pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 9.30 am - 6 pm; Friday: 9.30 am - 9 pm; Saturday: 9.30 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5.30 pm;
De Kaashoeve

3) De Kaashoeve

What to buy here: Dutch Cheese.

Everyone could agree that it’s hard to describe Holland without immediately picturing green meadows, windmills, grazing cattle and its biggest export: cheese. Along with bread and butter; cheese is always present at breakfast and lunchtime in almost every Dutch home for obvious reasons. Cheese making has been part of the national heritage for centuries and has evolved to become a highly prized product around the world. Dutch cheese is simply delicious and with plenty of variations, textures and flavors to choose from, the only difficult task you could expect is deciding which one to buy. Just like in any other town, Rotterdam has his own specialized shop called De Kaashoeve (“The cheese farm”) which is stocked daily with authentic cheeses from the region. Pick your favorite young or old cheese in any of the popular variations: Boerenkaas, Edam, Maasdammer or the famous Gouda, which is also available in a baby wheel version from half a pound to a pound making it very convenient and portable for those who prefer to travel light. Price: Starting 6.50€.

Business hours: Monday: 12:00 – 18:00 Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 – 18:00 Saturday: 9:00 – 17:00 Sunday: closed.
Wijnhandel Orlanda

4) Wijnhandel Orlanda

What to buy here: Jenever.

Known in the English-speaking world as Dutch gin, Jenever is a pure distillate from grains, with distinctive flavors and aromas resulting from the addition of the Juniper berry. It is believed to be invented by a Dutch chemist in the late 16Th century when it was introduced as a medicine that could be used to treat lumbago and other associated pains. Although its origins are still subject of a heated debate, Jenever is considered quintessentially Dutch and is no doubt the most popular drink in the country. The range of official Jenever classifications includes grain, old, young, and korenwijn types, with tasting characteristics ranging from neutral and slightly perfumed for the young varieties, to smooth with smoky and malty flavors for the old varieties that are sometimes matured for a few years on oak barrels. This old liqueur holds the appellation d’origine controlee status since 2008 and can only be produced in The Netherlands, Belgium, and some German and French provinces since then. Orlanda, a liqueur store located in the Oude Binnenweg shopping street, has an impressive selection of alcoholic drinks as well as its own locally produced Jenever, aptly named “skyline of Rotterdam” which is specially brewed and packaged to be sold exclusively at the store. The shop friendly owner is a liqueur connoisseur and would proudly show to you this and other famous Jenever brands. He is also a collector, and this is clear for his amazing collection of beer cans neatly stacked way up the roof which gives the store a unique, old fashion feeling.

Price: bottles starting at 12€

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm; Friday: 10 am - 6.30 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm;
Dorine Christ

5) Dorine Christ

What to buy here: Designer Shoes.

A visit to Rotterdam cannot be complete without getting a dose a Dutch fashion. If you are still wondering why, just take a walk through the famous shopping streets of Nieuwe Binnenweg, Witte de Withstraat and van Oldenbarneveltstraat and see it for yourself: unique, colorful and irreverent are major trademarks of Dutch design and these can be well noticed in their shoes. Contemporary and at the same time with a retro feeling, with high attention to details, materials, colors and craftsmanship; it is almost certain that you will find at least one pair that appeals to your sense of style and while these are not the average type of shoes, they will absolutely make a fresh addition to any wardrobe . Jan Jansen is a celebrated Dutch shoe designer whose exclusive creations are commonly regarded as being “ahead of the times, yet timeless”. Luckily his shoes can be found in one of the exclusive shops at the Nieuwe Binnenweg, and while here you will find a small sample of these and other Dutch designers’ shoes, you can always visit other popular fashion streets on the city to have a better impression and wider selection to choose from. Price: 125€ - 400€+

Business hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00-18:00; Friday: 11:00-19:00; Saturday: 11:00-17:00; Sunday: 13:00-17:00; Monday: closed; January and February: closed on Sunday.
Alles komt van buiten

6) Alles komt van buiten

What to buy here: Sambal. Dutch cuisine is greatly influenced by the Indonesian kitchen which was introduced in the country thru the former colonies and settlements in Asia and the Caribbean. Sambal is a perfect example of this. The basic version of the spicy multipurpose condiment consists of a mixture of chilies, brown sugar and salt, known as Sambal Oelek. There are a lot of variations, from mild to extremely hot depending on the ingredients added. The Indonesian Rijsttafel, a culinary Dutch invention translated as “rice table” cannot be complete without the presence of some kind of spicy sambal paste accompanying the other usual small dishes. Several years ago, Sita Danser, a local cooking lover original from Surinam started making her own sambal totally from scratch just like her mother used to. She did it mainly as a hobby and to share with friends during the many dinners she loved to host. Today she is face behind “hottie Sambal” an award winning organic sambal made with 100% natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients. She has created several spicy concoctions, adding her own twist of course and it has worked: health food and delicatessen stores alike sell her colorful jars that have become extremely popular among the locals which are finding new ways to incorporate it in their meals: from bread, to soup, to mashed potato, sambal is for sure taking care of adding a hot dash of flavor.

Price: Jars starting at 2.95€.
De Pelgrim Brewery

7) De Pelgrim Brewery

What to buy here: Pelgrim Beer.

Not surprise to anyone is the fact that The Netherlands ranks high on the top list of beer drinking countries in the world. They love their beers and have worked hard to consolidate their brands and make them famous all over the world as in the case of Heineken and Grolsch beers, which are exported globally. As expected, regional and even seasonal varieties exist and Rotterdam of course has his own brewery called De Pelgrim where award-wining beers are brewed using Rotterdam water and the best sourced ingredients including aromatic hops and pure yeast. The result is a robust, artisanal beer with unique and strong flavors deriving from a process that often involves neither pasteurization nor filtration to ensure the purest product. Two varieties are brewed permanently: Pelgrim 1580 and Mayflower Tripel, where the first one is a fresh bitter beer based on the Altbier from Düsseldorf, Germany while the second has a full spicy flavor thanks to the special hops types added. These and other seasonal beers are available in 0.75L and 3 Liter Bottles. It is also possible to request your own brew, so ask the store’s knowledgeable staff about the options available. Just make sure to get your precious purchase properly packaged for the long trip back home. Price: 0.75 L bottle: 6.95€, 3 liter bottle: 19.95€+

Business hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00–00:00 Monday and Tuesday: closed.

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