Fashionably, the Dutch would never be on time. In their culture, one is either early or one in late. Despite the Dutch aversion to tardiness, as a people the Dutch dress smart. Missing from the shopping streets are the herds of students, yuppies, and stay at home moms adorned in Uggs and Lululemon’s. Instead, the smart dressed Dutch women are clad professionally in a beautiful silhouette enhancing trouser and a playful blouse; the man of the Netherlands is also smartly dressed.
Shopping in Rotterdam was fulfilling. I preferred the boutiques of Rotterdam to Amsterdam as the city is less touristy. I found it easier to find boutiques that interested me. The aftermath of my Rotterdam spending spree was a suitcase full of flirty work appropriate attire and a surprisingly manageable credit card bill.
Rotterdam has several shopping districts that are worth checking out. My picks for shopping, and obviously window shopping:
De Meent Street: This Rotterdam shopping street is a hub for the young and trendy. For the tourist, it’s easy to find as it’s close to the Cube Houses and the Market Hall. On Meent street you’ll find an array of concept stores, brand shops, and boutiques. Meent street is the address to find and discover upcoming trends. While shopping Meent, be sure to stop by “We Are Labels.”
We are Labels, is my new fav! The boutique is a total indulgence for the fashion minded on finite budgets. The store promises and delivers affordable fashion for all. You can find We are Labels across the Netherlands.
Nieuwemarkt & Pannekoekstraat: Although considerably East, and North of the Hudson River, this revitalized Rotterdam area is often referred to as the Soho of Holland, for its bohemian boutiques, cafes, and artsy vibe. Nieuwmarket’s shopping scene is rich in one of a kind stores, full of soon to be unique treasures and souvenirs.
Van Oldebarneveltstraat and Kruiskade: Although out of my income bracket, the window shopping along Van Oldebarnevelstraat was a class above, just look at the SHPPR window. This Rotterdam street is known as the place to shop for exclusive brands and finds. Personally, I found the street to be a place to dream about beautiful things; I will one day afford.
Apres shop, grab a glass of wine by the Market Hall. You’ll have worked up quite a thirst scavenging the city for the best boutiques.