De Doelen Schouwburg Rotterdam Centrum
Mathilde Simon profiel Rotterdam Centrum
Written by Mathilde Simon
December 21, 2023

Are you looking for something to do on a rainy day in Rotterdam Centre? Below we share some nice tips to entertain yourself while it comes pouring down from the sky. No reason to stay indoors!

Visit the cinema on Schouwburgplein

The perfect location to shelter from the rain: the cinema. You forget everything that's happening outside for a while as you immerse yourself in an exciting blockbuster. For current films, we recommend that you check the Pathé website. Do you want to stay as dry as possible? There is a parking garage under Schouwburgplein, so you only have to walk a few meters through the rain before you can sit out the bad weather nice and warm with a bowl of popcorn on your lap.

Indoor shopping

A nice day of shopping in Rotterdam Centre is of course always a good idea. But if it comes pouring down from heaven, you may not feel like braving the city centre. Fortunately, there are a lot of covered areas in the city, such as the Central Plaza. The ideal place to grab a bite to eat while you're there, for example at The Gallery Kitchen, Vapiano, Miso Sushi or Beers and Barrels.

Another good idea is the Bijenkorf. This large department store offers everything to escape the downpours. Shoes, jewelry, clothing, home accessories and its own restaurant. To stay dry, you can leave the Bijenkorf via the parking garage or via the metro entrance in the Koopgoot.

Do you really want to go to that one shop on the Lijnbaan? Don't worry, there are a lot of areas that are covered and will keep you dry.

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Shopping in Central Plaza at Coccinelle
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The shoe department in De Bijenkorf

A concert in de Doelen

Don't feel like spending your evenings on the couch while it's raging outside? Then visit a concert in De Doelen. Great performances by the Philharmonic Orchestra, a stage full of jazz talent or a party where you can dance the night away. Check the agenda of De Doelen to see what is on the agenda.

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Visit a concert at De Doelen.

Visit a museum

A rainy day is of course the perfect time to visit a museum. And we have enough of that in Rotterdam. In the Museum Park, for example, various museums, institutes and other great artistic places come together. But you will also find plenty of museums in the rest of the city.

The Kunsthal is a classic. Almost every Rotterdammer has been here at some point. The Kunsthal was founded in 1992 and has since occupied a unique position within the Dutch cultural landscape.

Together with the biggest names in the world, the Kunsthal brings the most special exhibitions to our city. For example, at the time of writing you can visit the Ai Weiwei exhibition. Visit In Search of Humanity. This exhibition shows work by one of the leading artists of our time, human rights activist and critic of authoritarian power systems: Ai Weiwei. In Search of Humanity is his most complete retrospective to date. Expect paintings, cultural readymades, LEGO works, sculptures, installations, photography and video art.

Skating in the tunnel

It may be outside the centre, but the Schaatsbaan Rotterdam is the ideal place for a sporty afternoon or evening. It may not be very hot, but you will most likely stay dry. You can skate numerous laps in the tunnel of no less than 500 meters. Need a break? Order a nice hot chocolate or one of the other classic winter dishes.

The skating rink is open every year in the months of December, January and February.

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Skate dry in the tunnel.

Discover the Goot

At the heart of the Koopgoot is a new concept: De Goot. A place where Sam Cruden, Tailors & Wearers and Cheraine Baljé make and sell fashion. And you always stay dry in the Koopgoot and De Goot.

With the arrival of De Goot, the Koopgoot will have a new hotspot. A hotspot that is constantly changing, because the space is given a new purpose every quarter. Kicking off with a series of makers who have made their mark in the fashion world.

This new concept from De Goot puts entrepreneurship center stage. Here entrepreneurs, artists, artists or crafts can experiment and show what they have to offer. It is a new introduction to the Koopgoot, so you always have a good reason to return!

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De Goot foto 2

What is your favourite activity on a rainy day?

Mathilde Simon profiel Rotterdam Centrum
Written by Mathilde Simon
December 21, 2023