Shopping isn't a major preoccupation here. Global chains have outlets in Lijnbaan and in the Beurstraverse (aka the ‘Koopgoot’, or 'Shopping Gutter’), a semi-subterranean shopping arcade that intersects Lijnbaan and crosses under Coolsingel. Also in this area is upmarket Bijenkorf Department Store. Boutiques can be found on and around Meent, as well as Nieuwemarkt, Pannekoekstraat, Witte de Withstraat, OudeBinnenweg and Nieuwe Binnenweg.

Vintage Trail

Dapper dressers of both sexes will enjoy browsing the city's vintage boutiques when in town. For a handy vintage shopping guide, go to www.vintagerouterotterdam.com.