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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: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Intertoys
  • Jamin
  • De Kaashoeve
  • Nieuwe Binnenweg
  • De Pelgrim Brewery
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Intertoys

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€+
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Jamin

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€.
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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 am – 6 pm Tuesday–Friday: 9 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
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Nieuwe Binnenweg

4) Nieuwe Binnenweg

Shopping for cheese in Nieuwe Binnenweg is a challenge. The variety of cheeses on sale here is truly spoiling: young, aged, yellow, with or without wax coats. You name it! Some, like the internationally acclaimed Gouda are well matured and are more bitter, while others are noticeably creamier and at times sport black paraffin coating.
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De Pelgrim Brewery

5) 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-Saturday: 12 pm – 12 am; Sunday: 12 pm - 10 pm; Monday and Tuesday: closed.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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