The largest food market in Holland
A few months before my first visit to Rotterdam (2015), an arquitectonic landmark in the city had just opened. It was MarktHalle. An exciting discovery especially due to its purpose: besides its impressive building housing two hundred apartments, it is also a vibrant food market. It is the largest covered market in Holland and the first hybrid building between market and residence, a work of art of lush shapes and colors, all very inviting to the public. Inside there are kiosks and food stations of different nationalities: Arab, Italian, Scandinavian, Danish, Spanish ... embodying an impressive food court.
And on its sides, there are some very nice and internationally renowned restaurants, such as Jamie's Italian. It is a great stroll and part of a process of urban and economic revitalization of the region. MarktHalle doesn’t standout only for its beautiful looks but also for its engineering – typical Dutch intelligence – it is sustainable, it recycles energy, reduzes its emission of CO2 and reuses heat and cold efficiently. A must-see place to eat, stroll, admire and photograph.