Around year 1900 Fenixloodsen (Fenix Lofts) next to Rijnhaven harbor, Katendrecht (Rotterdam) used to be the largest port warehouses area in the world. The area was bombed by the Germans during the World War II but luckily a large part of the buildings survived from the attacks. After the World War II, the Rotterdam’s Port was expanded and relocated to larger area, leaving behind the Fenixloodsen and Rijnhaven harbor.
For years the Fenixloodsen were stranded and unused. Finally, in recent few years, Rotterdam City Government together with some investors made a plan to renovate the buildings into apartments, restaurants, and exhibition places. Fenixloodsen’s function as warehouses is gone but certainly they are not forgotten. One of the buildings opens this year as a food court with urban industrial style: Fenix Food Factory. This place is a hit in the summer time where visitors can enjoy the view of river’s activities while having their lunch or dinner at the terrace.
Fresh bakery, meat and cheese products are available inside of the food court. Also available a local brewery, Kaapse Brouwers, that make beers with special tastes. Beer tasting is possible before ordering! Its bar opens until late at night. On the future post I will tell more of this special brewery 😉
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