Food markets in Europe have a long history and have played an important role in every village, town and city. But Amsterdam and Rotterdam are figuring out a way to modernize the market and introduce new ways to enjoy it.
Rotterdam has built the Markthal Rotterdam. Close to a new pedestrian shopping district, transit and the downtown core, the enclosed structure of curved glass combines a typical fresh market with restaurants, a grocery store and condominiums. It’s a place where the locals do their daily and weekly shopping. And it’s a great place to visit.
In contrast, Amsterdam has taken a neglected century-old tram depot and transformed it into a multi-use space to serve both locals and tourists. With a hotel, library, cinema, TV studio and food hall, the tram station, or De Hallen, as it’s called now, has preserved its historic architectural design. Tram tracks still lie along the great hall that connects all the services of the regenerated space.
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