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,
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.