Looking for the perfect gift for a Rotterdam local, or to bring home from your trip to the city? Rotterdam is filled with independent shops, concept stores and cute boutiques where you’ll find plenty of unique and surprising gift ideas. In this article, I share my go-to places for buying gifts in Rotterdam, including gift shops brimming with locally-made souvenirs, edible treats and trendy pieces.
Best unique gift shops in Rotterdam
KEET is a light and airy concept store located in one of the Meent’s side streets. This inspirational shop is my first port-of-call in Rotterdam when looking for unique, but quality gifts. The shop stocks products from small entrepreneurs and local brands that cater to children and adults, male and female alike. So far, I’ve picked up a bottled-up plant, a handful of cute cards, natural baby chew toys, infuse-your-own-gin kit and a glass beaker (long story…). And if all that foraging is getting a little tiring, you can even recharge with a coffee and cake in the café at the back of the shop.
Oppert 2A, 3011 HV Rotterdam
Swan. is another great concept store where you can scavenge for gifts in Rotterdam. The shop sells unique items from small makers and designers who even staff the store themselves. Here you’ll find another wide variety of items, from one-off jewellery and locally-made children’s clothing, to quirky household items and eco-friendly gifts.
Oude Binnenweg 137, 3012 JD Rotterdam
One more concept store worth a visit is Pleur in Rotterdam, where you can also enjoy a lovely lunch and a cup of coffee. It’s a great store to find unique gifts, such as beautiful jewelry, children’s clothing, artworks and products with typical Rotterdam texts. Pleur also offers vintage items and amazing retro finds, including lamps, vases, tables and much more.
Bergselaan 291A, 3038 CG Rotterdam
Best places to buy food and drink gifts in Rotterdam
The iconic Markthal is an obvious place to start if you’re looking to buy edible gifts in Rotterdam. Beneath the colourful ceiling of the arched hall lies dozens of fixed market stalls selling classic Dutch delights such as cheeses and stroopwafels, as well as indulgent hot chocolate spoons, specialist teas, fresh patisseries and confectionary. And be sure to indulge yourself while you shop: the stalls also sell plenty of freshly-made traditional Dutch snacks and dishes from further afield for you to enjoy.
Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011 GZ Rotterdam
Library of Spirits
Library of Spirits is Rotterdam’s largest wine and liquor store. Buried among its thousands of bottles of rum, gin, agave, vodka and more is a perfect gift for a dinner host or liquor connoisseur. The knowledgeable staff can guide you through the variety of tastes and trends displayed on the shop’s bookshelves. And, once you’ve spotted what you were after, they’ll gladly slide one of the metal ladders right over and climb to the very top in order to fetch the beverage that best meets your (or your receiver’s) tastes.
Oude Binnenweg 111B, 3012 JB Rotterdam
De Bonte Koe Chocolade
Because, who doesn’t like chocolate? Family-run De Bonte Koe hand makes high-quality fair-trade chocolate. The boxes of their signature bouchées that I’ve gifted to friends and family have always been very well received. These luxurious chocolate bonbons stuffed with fresh fillings are proudly exhibited under the main counter, while the rest of the shop is filled with intricate chocolate sculptures. If you’re buying for a chocolate lover based in Rotterdam, you could even gift them one of the in-store chocolate workshop experiences.
Delftsevaart 26, 3011 HL Rotterdam
Best fashion gift shops in Rotterdam
Unconventional Wardrobe (Unc.)
Unconventional Wardrobe, also written as Unc., is a women’s clothing shop with its very own style. The pink-and-gold interior of the Instagrammable boutique are filled with beautiful and unique fashion items sourced from around the world. One of the pride and joy of the store is its collection of dainty jewellery, which make for great gifts. There’s also fashionable handbags and cute housewares, or – if you’re brave enough to buy someone clothing as a gift – beautiful dresses as well as other items of clothing. If needed, the in-store team are quick to help you with styling tips and outfit advice, whether you’re still looking for that perfect gift or have started browsing for yourself!
Oude Binnenweg 42, 3012 JE Rotterdam
Hutspot is another of Rotterdam’s many trendy concept stores, where you can buy unique gifts. The spacious and modern shop stocks a mix of pieces from up-and-coming designers and local artists alongside established brands. In addition to the men and womenswear, you can browse through pretty jewellery, modern homewares, contemporary wall art and many more clean-cut pieces, which make a great gift for the modern gentleman or timeless lady and their offspring. There’s even a ping pong table to keep your shopping companions occupied while you hunt through the shop.
Karel Doormanstraat 317, 3012 GH Rotterdam
I have to admit that this one is a bit of a cheat. You’ll only find most of Denise Roobol’s collection online, with currently just one physical reseller in Rotterdam (Happy Food & Health at Nieuwe Binnenweg 200D). But seeing as it’s a Rotterdam brand that produces some stunning gift-worthy pieces, I just couldn’t not mention it. Denise Roobol makes vegan bags and wallets, as well as other accessories using a high-quality and sustainable alternative to leather. Personally, I love her velvet range of small handbags and wallets.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 200D
If you’re looking for even more places to buy gifts in Rotterdam, try one of these surprising vintage stores, bustling Rotterdam markets and fun thrift shops, or discover one of the city’s main shopping routes.
Do you have a favourite gift shop in Rotterdam? Let me know in the comments below as I’d love to check it out!