There's an area just outside Rotterdam Central station which is being re-developed as an alternative cultural hotspot.
The idea is to use the urban landscape and several empty office buildings to create spaces for music and art studios, cool independent shops, funky eateries and even an unexpected post industrial bier-garden in a former parking space.
The new kid on Het Schieblock (...) is Groos, a shop that wouldn't be out of place on London's Brick Lane, selling clothes, art and other objects exclusively made by Rotterdam's designers.
Sustainable, local and deffo cool, what's not to like?
Here's an interview with the owner (nice guy, btw):
Groos = old Rotterdam's word meaning proud