Grocery shopping in Amsterdam was fun....trying to read through the language barrier and checking out the different brands etc.
It was also a novality for us Aussies to also buy grog in the same store as groceries....something that we don't have here in Australia.
ANybody from the UK - Well Albert Heijn is like the Sainsbury's in UK - Big Supermarkets and lots of small ones around Raliways Stations etc where quite late at night you can get a 6 pack of Heineken Beer to take out - or perhpas a large Cartoon of Chocolate vla - whatever takes your fancy.
If you have a sweet tooth - then maybe Vla is something for you - very popular in the Netherlands - for my - i would prefer 4 bottles of Hoegaarden anyday (Beer).
But if you want to learn about vla then look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla
In the morning and lunch you can can much takeaway (take out) food from Albert Heijn - i was realy please to find one on a cycle tour where i stopped off on the new island of Ijburg In Ontwerp - so we had Picnic lunch here on our way to Isle of Marken via Durkerdam.
The store here on the very wide Ijberglaan Street
What to buy: Anything from a Sandwich to a 6 pack of Beer (often Open Late) (and many open early).
I did not write down the name of the wine shop I bought a bottle of Zuidam Jenever to take back to my houseboat rental for late afternoon sitting on the back deck watching the boats glide by.....But I want to recommend the Zuidam brand---limited edition, the guy said---near the Anne Frank House, I know that much as far as where the shop is....also bought some great marinated olives at Albert Heijn to go along with my homemade martini-----
What to buy: Zuidam genever and fresh marinade olives
What to buy:
normally buy a few boxes for the office which go down a treat. It is 2 biscuit waffles sandwiched together with syrup (original), toffee or creamed butter which you place over hot coffee creating a sticky melt in the middle delight.
Very decadent, very naughty, very sweet & incredibly moreish
What to pay: Not very expensive from supermarkets such as Albert Cuyp
For English people only - no one else will understand why Granville needs to bring his cloth! I saw this by chance as I walked along Rozengracht. Like its Doncaster equivalent Arkwright keeps this gem of a shop open all hours from 11.00 to 20.00 seven days a week (13.00 on Mondays). A bit of a late start as in Doncaster Granville had to open up before it was even light and think of the lost revenue Arkwright must be missing.
Arkwright's is stocked with things such as Christmas cakes, puddings, brandy sauce, double and clotted cream, crackers, selection boxes, mince Pies (luxury and standard, boxes of 6 or 18), yule Logs, chocolates, pork pies, sausages, sausage meat , bacon, and English white bread and crumpets.
A little piece of England in Amsterdam that must be a magnet for ex pats or tourists. Not that there is anything wrong with the food in Holland but how can any country exist without pork pie!
No sign of the nurse and the till seemed to work OK. Expensive but understandably so.
A cut price, rather basic grocery store. There's less choice and less luxury than at Albert Heijn, but it's about 10% cheaper. They also have a separate shop selling cut-price alcohol (Dirk III) including the famous jenever (Dutch gin) and advocaat.
This is a local outdoor market open weekdays and geared towards local bargain hunters. Not everyone speaks English but with sign language and whatever few Dutch words you pick up you can easily communicate. Prices are low and Amsterdam suburbanites make the trip here to hunt for bargain shopping.
What to buy: Cheese, fresh seafood, food, toiletries, clothing. Pretty much anything you want is sold here but they don't sell used goods. There are additional shops behind the stalls as well as cafès and smal restaurants.
What to pay: 60-75% of local, non-tourist prices
The market at Nieuwemarkt has mainly food items such as cheese and produce, but also has some crafts and plants & flowers. There is a wide variety of food availble, including local cheeses, maple syrup, fruit, sausages and exotic Thai seasonings. If you're looking for the makings of a pic-nic, this is the place to go.
The City Public Supermarket is a smaller supermarket in the heart of the Amsterdam tourist area.
What to buy: Groceries and souvenirs.