PHOTO: Rotterdam is an up-and-coming city in the Netherlands. (photo via Flickr/Moyan Brenn)
The Netherland’s second-largest city is no longer in Amsterdam’s shadow. The city is developing a vibe all its own, says CNN.
“Some are now asking, does the city of 630,000 people from 170 nationalities have the credentials to be considered Europe's new capital of cool?” writes Stuart Forster.
Free outdoor galleries are giving the city a new identity.
“Pablo Picasso's 46-ton 'Sylvette' sits at the intersection of Museumpark and Westersingel, forming part of a sculpture route that runs alongside Rotterdam's Westersingel canal,” notes Forster.
There’s also a really cool market hall.
“Rotterdam opened the Markthal, a covered market hall and apartment complex in October 2014, giving the city a radical landmark to draw visitors,” says Forster.
And Rotterdam knows how to do cocktails.
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“Cocktail-lovers should head straight to Stirr, which was named the Netherlands' best new cocktail bar in the 2016 Esquire awards,” says Forster.
For more on how Rotterdam is building its street cred, read on here.