Markthal
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The Markthal (English: Market Hall) is a residential and office building with a market hall, located in Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars. The Markthal was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey nature stone building has an archwise structure like a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade on both sides, these are made up of smaller glass windows. The smaller windows are mostly squared and around 1485 millimeters wide. All of these are hung around a structure of steel cables, 34 metres high and 42 metres wide, which makes it the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe. Each facade has 26 vertical and 22 horizontal cables. The inside of the building is an 11.000 m2 artwork by Arno & Iris Coenen, named Hoorn des Overvloeds (Horn of Plenty).
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Jellybellydancer
Burscough, UK1,477 contributions
Aug 2022
The 'new' city of Rotterdam is not short of fabulous architecture, but the Markthal is simply stunning and not to be missed. It dominates the Stadsdriewoek district, a large pedestrian area with plenty of shops, bars and eateries with it's fun horseshoe shape, with a large market hall in the centre; outside but inside at the same time.

As well as a buzzing selection of stalls where you are bound to find something that takes you're fancy, don't miss looking up to see an impressive mural spanning the inside walls, noting the windows of the offices and apartments overlooking the scene below.

A highlight of my trip to Rotterdam.
Written September 4, 2022
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Tia A
Athens, Greece14 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
You can try food from all over the world there. I would recommend also having cash with you because some places don’t accept cards. We had the opportunity to try multiple dishes from the whole world, instead of just one cuisine (like at a restaurant). I would say that almost everything is a little overpriced, but it’s worth it for the experience.
Written March 7, 2020
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO748 contributions
Jul 2022
There are so many amazingly unique structures in Rotterdam where taking risks with architecture appears to be a way of life. This was by far my favorite. The design of the outside of the structure is unique in itself, but it is the inside that is truly stunning. Basically, the interior walls are one of the largest works of art in the world. A living scene to show the viewer how much that nature gives us. It is stunning and we found ourselves going back multiple times before we left town. Once inside, it’s not just the building that strikes you because this is not just designed to be beautiful. It is also a very active indoor market. So many options as there are shopping, snack and restaurants throughout the market. You could spend a few hours here if you want to try some food. We were here and bought some items for the apartment for cooking meals, a bottle of wine at another shop, and sat and had a couple meals as well in our visits here. It’s not just a pretty face.
Written August 9, 2022
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,524 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited on a hot August Saturday afternoon and the place was absolutely chocca with people. The hall is full of cafes/bars/restaurants and all seemed busy. The roof is an interesting aspect and includes the windows of flats looking into the hall. As it was so hot inside (no good if you’re claustrophobic as everything’s packed so tightly) we decided to walk along the High St and find a cafe with outside shaded seating.
Written August 18, 2022
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK579 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We were on a cruise stop in Rotterdam and decided to go for a wander . We walked to the Markthal. It took us about 30 min walking from the cruise port
It’s an impressive building with a variety of stalls and places to eat . Ideal for a short coffee break.
The roof is also very decorative, and worth looking at from different view points.
There was a large general market outside which was very busy.
Written December 20, 2021
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KZ B
Shaker Heights, OH317 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Umm well. It’s big. It has numerous food vendors selling market-style food and big flowers, fruit and veg on the arched roof (realistic transfer prints rather than painted). Other than that, The most interesting aspect was that the windows in the roof are people’s flats. Which is kinda cool but doesn’t make it a destination
Written July 26, 2022
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Zoë B
Ashington, UK207 contributions
Dec 2019
Markthal is a spectacular building to behold filled with overpriced artisan food outlets (many of which don't take card ) and the sides lined with big chain restaurants. Its more of a food court than a market hall, unlike the outside, huge open air market of local traders selling their wheres and home cooked delights.

Take your photos and then give it a swerve, spend your money outside / elsewhere.

Cash machines inside & pay to use toilets.
Written February 16, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,862 contributions
Jul 2022
The Markthal is amazing! I love that it combines a place to live as well as a place to do business and get something to eat.

Inside the building there is an amazing mural stretching over the ceiling so get a picture if you can.

There are plenty of stalls selling a variety of different foods and other things. If you like things that are a little different make sure you visit this place.
Written July 22, 2022
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shovelSR
Plymouth, UK95 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The MarktHalle is only a few years old, but has become an icon of Rotterdam in that time. It holds about 100 stalls and shops, all selling food items or culinary equipment. What makes it quirky, is the fact that the walls are actually apartments, with people living in them and with Windows facing down into the main hall. The inside of the walls have been decorated with a massive mural depicting food, but because the walls are curved, too get the perspective right, the mural has been 3d etched onto hundreds of metal plates, which have the been mounted on the walls and ceiling, probably making the world's largest Jigsaw puzzle. It is very effective, and the computer generated images look correct from any angle.

Take a walk through the hall, and see the massive variety of prepared food, ingredients and fresh produce, stop for a coffee, ice cream, or cake, or even a full the course meal at one of the many streams with seating areas on their roofs.

Well worth a visit.
Written January 8, 2020
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colinsewell
Yorkshire, UK127 contributions
Sep 2022
So basically this is just a large food market but if you like architecture and food then its worth visiting just for the impressive building. I wouldn't say its worth making a trip here just to see this place but if you are a tourist and visiting Rotterdam anyway then definitely worth a visit.

There are also plenty of food stalls in it, so many options for food lovers. We tried the Japanese place and the food was delicious. It is a great place to stand outside and get some selfies and photo's.

Also nearby are the fascinating cube houses so visit those as well.
Written September 6, 2022
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