The Netherlands just got their very first indoor food market with an extra special surprise. The huge building houses a massive indoor food market, an apartment complex, rows of restaurants, a culinary school, AND one incredible mural that extends 36,000 square feet.
Artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam created the magnificent mural together, calling it “Cornucopia.” The mural is covered in fresh produce, in light of the food market that extends larger than a football field beneath its massive beauty.
Check out the stunning mural and food market for yourself!
The building that houses the massive mural contains 100 produce stands assorted into an open market. There are also 15 stores that sell food, and 8 different restaurants. On the outskirts of the market there are 228 apartments for sale, giving some people the option to shop and work right where they live.
Most major cities around the world have an indoor food market where people can come and pick from an assortment of fresh baked breads, fish straight from the ocean, and cheeses of every possible assortment–and that’s just the start!
Shopping gets boring when you have to shop the halls of the same supermarket over and over, an indoor food market livens things up a bit. It is predicted that between 4.5 and 7 million people will travel to this location each year, both locals and foreigners. I don’t know if the atmosphere or the massive mural will captivate visitors more.
Above the ground floor where the open food stands, restaurants, and shops are located, the building extends 10 stories high, this is where the apartments are located. For some, this offers the chance to live, work, shop, and go out all in one place. Looks like it’s time to ditch the car–who needs one?!
This beautiful landmark is all about the food, from the murals painted on the wall to the cooking school located on the premises. The school is called The World of Flavour and is located on the first floor, at the very center of the market. Everyone from families to entire classrooms of children are welcome to come for a night of eating and learning.
If you are a total food fan, you are going to love this indoor market. Plus, you can find other necessities as well, such as a coffee shop to give you your superpowers before shopping. There is also a designated section full of beautiful plants and flowers for sale.
Worried about finding parking? Don’t be! The market is complete with 1,200 parking spots in the Markthal Car Park located conveniently nearby. Not only are there endless rows of parking spaces, but there are “luxury toilettes” located in the parking structure as well.
And if you ever get the urge to go somewhere new, an arch shaped horse-shoe will rise up from the Binnenrotte, offering you a 5 minute walk to reach the Laurens district, an area quickly gaining popularity.
Living in the attached apartment building will make you feel like you are part of the action all day long, and you never need to ask your neighbor to borrow some milk considering the store is only a few footsteps away.
And talk about variety, the venders sell a large assortment of different foods, and the restaurants are also cooking up something unique. Restaurants currently include everything from a Moroccan eating house to an Italian trattoria.
Where can I get on the list for one of these apartments?!
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