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Celebrate the summer in Rotterdam Centre

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We like to give you a warm welcome in Rotterdam Centre. Every day there is something new to experience in our city centre. Delicious food, great shopping and amazing experiences. Read below about the summer schedule in Rotterdam Centre!

Fun summer events

Discover fantastic summer events in the bustling heart of Rotterdam! For example, visit one of the fun parties at the DÂK, a 'pop-up roof park' that has been opening its doors in the summer since 2014.

Dance during the Blijdorp festival, shop at the Swan Market and have a blast during the World Port Days. There is something for everyone to experience and enjoy! Don't miss out on all these great events, discover some favourites by clicking the button below!

‘Dance during the Blijdorp festival, shop at the Swan Market and have a blast during the World Port Days.’

Free sunscreen in Rotterdam Centre

After a few rainy weeks, the sun shows itself again in Rotterdam Centre. That means that we want to be well protected while enjoying the city. To help you, we hand out free sunscreen in the centre. Where and when, you can read that via the button below!

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Spot the summer showcase on the Lijnbaan

Another beautiful summer showcase is waiting for you! As we have seen before, the showcases on the Lijnbaan are regularly transformed into a mini museum. To maintain the summer vibes, one of the showcases is currently dedicated to the summer programming in the centre. Have you spotted it yet?

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European Para Championships

The European Para Championships is coming to Rotterdam from 8 to 20 August! This multi-sport event takes place every four years and is always hosted by a major European city. And the honour in 2023 is our beautiful Rotterdam.

Competitions will be organized for ten different para sports. This means no less than 1,500 Paralympic athletes come to the city from forty-five different European countries. They will compete to become European champions.

It is no surprise that the main hub of the championships is Rotterdam Ahoy. But in addition to the spacious halls that Ahoy offers, some matches will take place in the middle of the city. For example, the finals of the Para Archery are held at the Kop van Zuid and the best wheelchair tennis players compete for gold at the Schouwburgplein. In this way, everyone can be inspired by these top athletes.

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Enjoy dining out in the summer

Rotterdam Centre is the ideal place for anyone who likes diverse and delicious food in a vibrant environment. Here you will find countless restaurants with cuisines from all over the world.

With nice weather it is of course wonderful to sit in the sun. Fortunately, we have beautiful terraces in the centre. Think of the large terrace of Brasserie Jules, right in front of WTC Rotterdam, Raoul Lunchcafé, above the Koopgoot and right next to the Bijenkorf, and De Huismeester on the corner of the Meent and the Haagseveer. Enough to choose from!

But Rotterdam is also the place to be on less sunny days. From world famous restaurants with Michelin stars to cute eateries and bistros, Rotterdam Centre has it all. Click on the button below to discover even more restaurants!

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Brasserie Jules WTC Rotterdam

Getting ice cream in Rotterdam Centre

The perfect after-dinner dessert in the summer is, of course, ice cream! And how about traditional Italian ice cream?

You will find the Capri ice cream parlour on the Karel Doormanstraat. A icon in Rotterdam! Capri was opened in 1957 and for generations Rotterdammers and people from outside the city have been coming to this ice cream parlour for the best ice creams. The first owner of Capri was an Italian. The third generation is now at the helm, also with Italian blood. And let's be honest, who knows more about Italian ice cream than the Italians themselves?

Discover more places for ice cream via the button below!

Capri Icecream Rotterdam

Shopping in Rotterdam Centre

In Rotterdam you can expect a great, diverse shopping experience. You will find numerous special concept stores, large department stores and surprising vintage shops, where you can go wild. Be sure to visit Rotterdam Centre this summer for a day of shopping!

Are you coming to Rotterdam Centre to score fashionable clothing? Fortunately, there are a lot of beautiful clothing stores. Think of beautiful lifestyle shops with beautiful unique pieces, such as Sissy-Boy on the Binnenwegplein and Marjorie Fernandes X Life at Goodiez on the Van Oldenbarneveltplaats.

Or are you looking for a nice gift? In Rotterdam Centre there are many beautiful specialty shops and concept stores with the best products in their range.

Via the button below you will discover many more shops in Rotterdam Centre! And be quick, because the summer sale is in full swing. That means shopping some great items with a nice discount!

Shopaholic Life at Goodiez Rotterdam Centrum
Sissy Boy etalage Rotterdam Centrum

Bringing the coastline to the city

With the arrival of the Hoek van Holland metro line, the coastline will come very close. Nowadays you can be on the beach in 37 minutes! To celebrate this, no less than eight cool sand sculptures will be placed in Rotterdam Centre.

From July 6, the artists will start working on the sand sculptures. From then on you can follow the route that starts at Central Plaza and ends at metro station Blaak, to see all the works of art. The sand sculptures will decorate the city centre until August 6.

Building sand sculptures for kids

Is your child a born artist? Or does it like sand and beach? Then come to the centre on Wednesday 12 July, Saturday 22 July, Wednesday 26 July or Saturday 5 August to help build the most beautiful works of art between 10.00 and 15.00!

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Kinderworkshops Zandsculpturen Rotterdam
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Rotterdam Unlimited

With the summer in the city you would rather not sit inside. Of course you can relax on the beach with the new metro line, but you can also go to one of the great events in Rotterdam!

For example, it's almost time for Zomercarnaval (Summer Carnival)! Everyone is eager to join this summer party in a South American way. Since 1984, Rotterdam has been the proud home of Summer Carnival in the Netherlands. Also this year there will be a full carnival on July 28 and 29.

Discover the flavours of the South American cultures that Rotterdam harbours on the mercado, or watch the grand finale: the street parade. Thousands of dancers, musicians and floats move through the city where the party goes on until late into the night.

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2011 rotterdam festivals fotograaf bas czerwinski zomercarnaval een danseres op het zomercarnaval met erasmusbrug op de achtergrond Bas Czerwinski

Join the sun salutation

On Wednesday 21 June, the Lijnbaan turned into the place where the longest sun salutation took place! It was the official International Yoga Day - the perfect time to practice yoga together in the sun!

1000 yogis transformed one of the most famous shopping streets in Rotterdam into a special outdoor sports location. And the fun part was: you were there! Check out the aftermovie via de link below.

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