The Rotterdam market: or, where to buy 1 kg of fresh ginger for 1 euro

The largest market in Rotterdam fills up the Binnenrotte square every weekend from 8:00am – 5:00pm on Saturdays, and 12:00 – 5:00pm on Sundays. There’s also a biological (organic) market at Eendrachtsplein every Tuesday. But since I am not (yet) a women of leisure, Saturday is my market day of choice. And the Binnenrotte never disappoints: it’s a thrilling jumble of everything from secondhand bikes, to clothing,

to fresh produce.

The only annoying thing about the market? The people. Specifically, the Slow Movers; a demographic bested only by the Mid-lane Hoverers in terms of their ability to swiftly derange even the most relaxed flaneur. Last Saturday a woman in front of me was reduced to tears, screaming: “You’re all a bunch of stupid cows!” (“Jullie zijn allemaal domme koeien!“)

My advice, then? Go late in the day (everything is cheaper when the stall-owners are ready to go home) and have a clear game-plan (shopping list). If you know what you want in advance you can zero in on that fresh goat cheese (etc.) and then get the heck out of dodge.

Otherwise, the sheer diversity of choices can turn a leisurely morning into an all-day affair. And your feet will not be happy.Image


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