Weekend Guide 6, 7 & 8 November
The weekend is getting close now and it’s time to relax after a week of hard work. Are you heading to the city center this weekend for some Sinterklaas shopping? If so, make sure you check out the new shops in The Hague this weekend or, if you’re in Rotterdam, buy some great produce at the market. I’m curious what you plan on doing, so let me know where you are up to on Facebook. Have fun!
Things to do in Rotterdam and The Hague
On this blog you don’t often see posts about the great commercial chains that are active in our cities, however in this Weekend Guide I’m making an exception. After 125 years the Maison de Bonneterie store has left its building this summer and this week a flagship store of the H&M is opening its doors. So this weekend is a good time to visit this new shop if you’re already in town for some holiday shopping.
Than there is more to do this weekend in The Hague when it comes to shopping. This week the grand opening took place for the new concept store COLLECTIV. After their opening party the city now has an extra hotspot for cool cloths, fun furniture and handmade jewelry and lamps. And what’s great is that you can get a great coffee too! COLLECTIV. is located on the Prinsestraat 5A in The Hague and the shop is definitely worth a visit this weekend. And when you’re there, make sure you visit some of the other shops as well because this weekend the Overstock Days are taking place around there too!
This weekend Rotterdam will be the stage to the Geen Daden Maar Woorden Festival where you can enjoy all forms of art by words. Ranging from poets and singer-song writers to book filmings and theater. The festival takes place in various locations around the Deliplein at Katendrecht like the Ouwe Hoer, Walhalla, Kopi Soesoe, the Kaapse Brouwers and Verhalenhuis Belvedere. Not sold on going there yet? Read the 10 reasons to visit this festival by the Uitagenda Rotterdam.
On Saturday there’s also a great festival for music lovers. LantarenVenster in Rotterdam is the host of the Sena Grand Prize of Rotterdam. During this competition you’ll get to enjoy the music of several acts that are serious about making music and are looking to develop themselves in this field. So expect lots of talent from Rotterdam! If you want to get the chance to enjoy the potential of great musicians in Rotterdam, this is your chance. Tickets are on sale for €10.
Saturday there will be another Farmers Market in Rotterdam with both seasonal and regional food. Great atmosphere with market music, a terrace and delicious fresh food. I like to talk to the merchants and hear their proud stories about their products. So time to stuff your refrigerator with food produced with love. Location is Noordplein in Rotterdam, from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
November marks the month of the underworld and this Sunday you get the chance to go on an excursion with the underground specialist of the City of Rotterdam. They will guide you on a one and a half hour walk through the city center, showing you the things that you never see yourself. The metro tracks, cables, pipes and archeological findings, it’s all down there! The guided walk starts at 10:00 hours and finishes around 11:30 hours. You can register for the guided walk here.
Museum tips for Rotterdam and The Hague
Do you like street art as well? The major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam is a must see. Keith Haring, a protégé of Andy Warhol, was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, fine art and popular culture. However Haring was criticized for the commercialization of his own work on T-shirts, badges or stickers it was an integral part of his philosophy that ‘Art is for Everyone’ and makes his work very well-known.
Go and visit the Ode to Dutch fashion exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Famous names like Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau have placed the Netherlands firmly on the map as a country of idiosyncratic fashion talent. This fashion exhibition will feature over a hundred creations from the history of fashion in the Netherlands from 1900 onward. Don’t miss the famous dazzling blue dress – a Jan Taminiau design – Queen Maxima wore at King Willem-Alexander’s coronatio.
The Temporary Fashion Museum opened an exhibition inside the Nieuwe Instituut focused on the structures and strategies of fashion. Including a selection of temporary fashion and the history of Dutch fashion. What are designers working on nowadays? What issues influence temporary fashion? And above all, what is the roll of consumers within the global fashion system. This exhibition is showing fashion from an extraordinary perspective.
Only 10 weeks until Christmas and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague presents the best exhibition to find some inspiration for your dinner table! Fine dining is not only operating via the taste buds, the visual appeal of the food presented on the plates and table settings are very important too. This exhibition provides an insight in four centuries of formal dining table settings among the Dutch wealthy elite. Think of beautiful crystal, silverwork, table linen and porcelain. Are you ready for cosy winter evenings with nice table settings?!