You always thought marketplaces are a bit dull? Wait till you do to Netherlands, as you are about to be very surprised. An indoor food market was inaugurated, but it is by far similar to anything you have ever seen before. It is not just a food market; it is a huge building that holds apartments, restaurants, even a culinary school. And let us not forget about the immense mural decoration covering the interior walls. Called by its creators the “Cornucopia”, the decoration represents fresh produces. So far nothing spectacular. Its striking features come from the fact that it can cover a whole football field, to get an idea of how large it is.
You can find here stalls with fresh foods, stores that commercialize food, restaurants of all kind, and apartment for sales, for the ones that want to live in the area. Driven by the desire to offer people an amazing experience when shopping for food, the developers of the indoor market don’t only provide diversity, but also a great atmosphere where you can shop. It is expected for the market to be visited by a large number of people, both local and foreigners, in search of something unique and fun.
The entire building is 10 floors tall. At the base, you will find all the stalls, shops and restaurants, the rest of the stories being filled up with apartments. It is an excellent solution if you don’t want to commute anymore, since you can live, shop and work in the same place. You may have understood by now that the entire building concept was created by food. So it is nothing unusual to have a culinary school in its precinct. The school is opened for all ages and genders, who want to eat and learn in a fun manner.
Even if for the people living here there is no need to use the car, that doesn’t mean there is no parking lot. In fact, the parking space is rather generous and even equipped with state of the art toilets, just in case you have to go. If you feel like moving after indulging with a tasty meal, you can easily take a stroll and visit the nearby district, as the market center is not located outside the city. Living in the apartment above meaning no panic if you ran out of bread or if you feel like cooking something, but the grocery store is too far away. Not in the mood for cooking? That’s fine as well. Put some clothes on you and go down to enjoy dinner at one of the available restaurants. Moroccan, Chinese, Italian, you pick the tastes.
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