A covered market hall is found in more world cities, but because of the combination with housing, Rotterdam has a world first. The flats are draped over the fresh market in a horseshoe shape. In the hall you’ll find the market with around 100 fresh units, around 15 food shops and various restaurants, including a supermarket and a four-storey car park. If you walk between the market stalls and look up, you will see the work of art ‘Horn of plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Because of this largest work of art in the Netherlands, the Market Hall is also called the Dutch version of the Sistine Chapel.

The Market Hall also houses De Tijdtrap (The Time Staircase): a free archaeological exhibition with archaeological finds of the medieval city of Rotterdam that were excavated during construction.

Visitors can register for an Open Tour in the weekend via De Rotterdam Tours: a 1-hour tour through the Market Hall and the Cube Houses. An experienced guide will tell you all about the design and construction and let you take a look behind the scenes.