A series on Rotterdam – Market Hal/Markthal (Part 1)

This week I’ll continue the series on the Dutch city Rotterdam with one of the newest attraction: The Market Hall (or in Dutch “Markthal”). This enormous building, opened in 2014 by Queen Maxima, is home to many little food shops, varying from doughnuts to tapas, and from Chinese food to Surinamese food (Surinamese sandwiches are the best). A delicious place to visit, and voted by The Guardian as one of Europe’s top ten food markets!

Market Hall / Markthal Rotterdam

Costing around 175 million Euros, the Market Hall is not a cheap building!

Rotterdam is home to more than 170 different nationalities! Only 50 percent of the approximately 620.000 people is Dutch. Of the other 50 percent the Surinamese, Turks, Moroccans and Antilleans (people from the Netherlands Antilles) take up 25 percent of the population, leaving only 25 percent for the other 165 nationalities.

Glass walls and a dazzling ceiling.

As many as colourful people live in Rotterdam, as colourful is the ceiling of the “Markthal”.

And all the different nationalities, bring many different delicious recipes, a great joy for lovers of different kitchens!

Pinchos, a little shop in the Market Hall.

One of the little shops sells Spanish products like Chorizo. Yummy!

And if you love it so much, you can live there too! The “Markthal” contains 230 apartments. Great food within reach, and a great view on the market, what else do you need?

Little markets, Markthal

See those little squares in the ceiling? Those are windows of the apartments!

This large building is designed by MVRDV, a group of talented Dutch architects. It is not just futuristic from the outside, the lights create a great modern atmosphere in the inside too!

Modern lights, and design

Modern lights, and design inside the Market Hall.

And what do you food lovers think? A great place to visit, and a great addition to the modern architecture of Rotterdam?

Oh, and by the way: For the food lovers, you should visit Kiki’s website, for great recipes and photos!

Kind regards,



  1. Wow that ceiling looks fantastic! The inside looks very shiny and modern, which I like. Our market hall stems from the 1800s, looks more like a historical building, but for a food shopping experience, I think the Rotterdam markthal would be nicer one.

    • The ceiling is great! And the amount and quality of the food is great too 🙂

      Wow, that is an old market hall, sounds great too 🙂

      Thank you for your comments Kiki! Always appreciated!

      Warm regards,

  2. Very impressed by your photos. The market hall seem to look more interesting at night than during day time with all those colours.

    • Thank you very much! It is impressive during day-time too. And a good visit for the stomach too 😉

      Kind regards,

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    • Thank you very much! It is a cool place 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend!

      Best regards,

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