Food Markets, Amsterdam
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Not the place for everybody, but a place for every Burgundian! What a selection of meat (Waguy), cold cuts, pâtés (homemade), salads and sausages of all kinds … They have professional and very friendly staff who help you make your choice(s). All the goodies and nice food is beautifully displayed, and makes your mouth water. Check out their new sausages, Henk can tell you all about it! My choice is the Iberian pork and truffle sausages and the French Limoges Côte du Boeuf. This shop is a beauty for the eye and tongue.
They have the Italian fresh truffles, some as big as a tennis ball. Definitely worth the detour. Especially on the days before Xmas and New Year’s Eve, when their choices are twice as large!
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
Toko Ramee is one of the many Asian/Indonesian toko’s that Amsterdam has to offer. Especially in this area (close to the famous Albert Cuyp market) there are lots and lots of these shops, a lot of them hidden away behind market stalls and in little basements. Toko Ramee isn’t quite as hidden away as some of them, though it is unfortunately slightly overshadowed by the McDonalds on the one side and a large flower stall on the other.
I come here every once in a while for a couple of beef pasties. They are my favorite with their crunchy pastry and juicy filling. But there’s lots of food to choose from, different kinds of snacks and also take away meals. Toko Ramee is known to have the best lemper in town (a roll made out of sticky rice with a slightly sweet chicken filling) and they also specialize in lots of different sorts of homemade sambal. Toko Ramee is a great place to pick up some quick snacks, do some elaborate Asian food shopping, or to just have a look around.
The City Public Supermarket is a smaller supermarket in the heart of the Amsterdam tourist area.
What to buy: Groceries and souvenirs.