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Shopping in a new city is a fun experience, but if you can get local or vintage items, it’s even better. When someone asks you, “I love that! Where’d you get it?” You’ll be able to reply with, “Oh, a boutique shop in Rotterdam” or “This store in Rotterdam that has only local Rotterdam designers and creators!” Forget H&M, Zara, and every other store you can shop at home. Head to these local and vintage shops in Rotterdam to get one-of-a-kind goods to wear, furnish your home with, and even eat and drink!
Pannekoekstraat is only one street away from the busy Markthal and Cube Houses so you wouldn’t think the vibe of this area would be much different from a tourist hotspot, but it is. Recognized as a locals hangout, this street is more chill and full of charm. From mom-and-pop eateries and boutique shops, this street can fulfill one afternoon of eating, drinking, and shopping. Of course, shopping is our key focus here so here are some stores to check out:
Pantoufle, an interior store
Pantoufle is full of furnishings for your home and even knick-knacks like notebooks and pens for your office. Their slogan is “Slow Design for Daily Life”so come here for some beautiful yet simple goods for your home.
Louen is a fashion boutique with an assortment of clothes by Scandinavian designers. Wendy Hansen opened this store in 2011 and ever since has been pursuing her vision of selling clothes that helps women dress beautifully without fuss. Get eye-catching, unique pieces of clothing here, and definitely don’t pass over the t-shirts that say ‘Babe’ ’cause my new t-shirt is the MOST comfortable shirt I own!
Address: Pannekoekstraat 89-A, 3011 LD Rotterdam (Google Maps)
Ok, this one is definitely a curve ball as it’s a Korean and Japanese grocery store, but it’s a must-share. Outside of New York City, Los Angeles, and of course (duh), South Korea, I have never seen a standalone Korean grocery store, so be still my little heart when I saw this Korean grocery store selling food products I can’t find in Amsterdam. My husband too got pretty excited about this store knowing the rarity of a Korean grocery store in this world. He bought a 30LB bag of rice to carry back to Amsterdam because there’s Korean rice is nonexistent here. #arewecrazy?
Not sure what to buy here? Ask the owner for shin-ramyun (pronounced: sheen-ramen). It’s a spicy Korean ramen! Being packaged ramen, it’s not exactly healthy but delicious to eat every so often. When cooking it on the stove top, definitely add an egg and whatever veggies you want like onions and sliced zucchini, but place is good too!
GROOS, local Rotterdam designers and creators’ goods
If you want purely everything local, then you’ll want to head to GROOS. This massive store has everything made in Rotterdam by Rotterdammers from backpacks to beers. If you’re not up to buying anything, at least go to check out the cool art on display such as the melting disco balls!
&Design, design shop and studio
&Design is a Scandinavian and minimal design shop and studio full of muted pinks and greens. It has everything you would want for your home from pink woven rugs to light fixtures full of plants. If you didn’t know, this store is so my style and what my apartment kind of looks like! I even have the coffee table shown in the picture above at home.
Note: If you like whiskey like me, next door is a whiskey store with more whiskey than you can ever imagine! Treat yourself to a nice bottle or two.
Episode, vintage clothing store
Episode is a chain vintage clothing store in Europe, but the Rotterdam location is the spot to go to because the prices here are better than its other locations. Two bloggers I was with that weekend found so much awesome clothes here and went home with two giant bags that they somehow managed to stuff into their suitcases. One of them found an old school Chicago Bulls bomber jacket so it’s definitely worth going to see what you can find.
Vintage Shops Route, over 20 stores and markets of vintage goodness
If you can’t get enough of vintage clothes, home furnishings, and general goods, then you’ll love the Vintage Route in Rotterdam. There’s just about every vintage store and market you can imagine including a couple of shops for good ol’ records! Who doesn’t love vinyl?
Hope this post inspires you to shop local and vintage in Rotterdam! You must let me know which stores you go to.
Thanks for stopping by! xo.
Helpful Items for the Netherlands
If you liked my suggestions on where to shop for local and vintage goods, then you may like these items I recommend traveling to the Netherlands with! They are items I own and use myself in the Netherlands and while traveling around Europe.
Dual-Voltage Hair Straightener (Read everything you need to know about using hair appliances abroad here.)
Reusable, Foldable Bag (See 8 Reasons Why Here)
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