Albert Cuyp - Street Markets, Amsterdam
The devoutly Calvinist painter (1620-91), considered the best Dutch landscape painter of his time, would undoubtedly be horrified by the street named in his memory. Here is one of the largest street markets in Europe, occupying three very long blocks between two major tramlines and featuring close to 300 fixed stands with stores and restaurants in the buildings behind. The surrounding de Pijp area is one of the edgiest neighborhoods in Amsterdam, with boutiques and restaurants with an international flavor. Internet literature suggests good food in restaurants and street kiosks, food stands selling everything from pastries to classic street food, jewelry, avant clothing and fabrics, appliances and electronic goods.
Disappointment awaits the tourist here - the prepared food kiosks were few and far between, the clothing offerings cheap and tacky, similarly for the so called jewelry and leather goods. Cheap prices do not necessarily mean a bargain when quality is taken into account. The Cuyp Market may very well be important for local residents looking to buy some socks or cheap sunglasses, perhaps fish for dinner. Tourists will find little of value worth carrying home here.
While going back from the Brouwerij 't IJ i saw a market , not a famous one , i didnt read about this market.
It was full of local people , almost no tourists.
The market is located on Dapperstraat (Dapper street) and it is full of Surinamese, Antillian, Turkish, and Moroccan sellers (although dutch sellers also).
You will find here food , shoes , clothes and more.
Albert Cuyp Market is a street market , located on Albert cuyp street named after a dutch painter from the 17th century.
The market is very close to the Heineken experience museum and located on a place called De Pijp.
This is an open street market and very crowded.
You will find here souvenirs , pictures , shoes , cheese , vegetables and many more .
The Albert Cuyp market (of which more later) really is well worth a visit. As you wander, taking in the local atmosphere (deeply-inhaled nasal breaths as you pass the cheese stalls, breath out as you pass the fish). It now becomes that time when you start to feel the roof of your mouth sticking to your tongue (or vice versa) after the overindulgences of the evening before, a watering hole becomes a sudden necessity, rather than a mere digression, and there are worse places to digress in than Cafe Legendz - brilliantly marketed and it does what it says on the tin!
It was the blackboard (the one on the front page) that caught my eye, my feet refusing to continue despite a direct order from the "rational" left lobe. Then the outside boards delivered the coup-de-grace - FEET 1 BRAIN 0 - Ha! Good old feet, never let me down ;)
I suppose this is a modern equivalent of the traditional "brown cafe" in as much as it's not actually brown. The barman, who happened to be Italian, having arrived via the Channel Islands, lived up to the propoganda, passing the time of day with a bit of travel "shooting the bull", giving directions to an English couple who popped in looking for a "coffee", and generally being genial with all and sundry.
If you happen to be passing, before or after your haring broodje, digress in and say Hi!
Amsterdam’s Albert Cuyp Market may have an international reputation, but here in the Dapperstraat you can find today’s really authentic Amsterdam street market. Popular, also according to current criteria, amongst recent immigrant merchants, who serve new Amsterdammers.
And more than that, the Dapper Market is a warm market. The merchants from around the globe play an all important role in the success of this booming Open Air Market.
If you enjoyed Soho in London, or the Village in New York, you'll feel right at home in the Dapperbuurt neighnourhood! The Dapperbuurt with its famous Dapper Market is just the place for you. Find your fashion, little treasures, or just spend some time browsing. The more you visit, the longer you'll want to stay. Enjoy a meal at one of the many international restaurants in the neighbourhood.
The fabulous Museum at the Royal Tropical Intitute (KIT), and the famous Royal Zoo of Amsterdam Artis are both at a stone's throw from the Dapper Market.
The Dapper Market experience is indeed a very international one. According to Dutch national daily NRC Handelsblad the Dapper Market is so successful, because of the demographics it so accurately serves.
As metioned I'm a sucker for town squares. I'm also a sucker for local markets. Although we didn't buy anything, we had a great time looking around and having small bites to eat from the food stalls. It's not in the main part of town, but definitely within walking distance.
Last time we went to Amsterdam we downloaded an iPhone app called AmsterdamFUN which helped us easily find all the best museums, cafes, bike tours, snack bar, etc. It helped us discover fun places we would never have found - such as amazing markets, canal bike rentals, and more!
Albert Cyup market is kinda to the south of the central area of Amsterdam. Its closed on Sundays so plan accordingly. Its a long street and a bit congested for walking through but you get decent bargains(not so much for me as in India you can get similar stuff at same or lower price in trendy departmental stores)..plus some good street food like fresh waffles. I particularlyy liked some Vietnamese roll being soldd for some 1 euro or something which was yummy. I also spotted Peter Jan's store .. I am not sure if it belongs to our VT member but I guess I did... :)
If you are looking to stay long in Amsterdam and are planning to cook your own food, then this is a great place to buy some fresh vegetables and fruits. They also have some real good stalls for fishes and chicken, although I think that the fish is better in the Dapperstraat Market.
Apart from the eatables for the whole week, you can also shop for several other things here like quilts, blankets, clothes, etc. One can also get into the souvenier shops to get himself a Dutch windmill or buy a second-hand bicycle from here, but they seemed to be pretty expensive for second-hands.
This is one of Amsterdam’s trendy areas & as I was staying at my friends Saraphati Plaza suite all these places were on the doorstep. Many of these places have outside seating so you can enjoy your beer come rain or shine, at 11pm they no longer serve outside. Some of the nice places you can have a drink at are Krull Sarphatiparkstraat, De Duiwel, Or the Green Butterfly. A lot of the café / bars serve Belgium beers & Kriek (Cherry beer) is one of my favourites and of course they serve Heineken but usually in halfs so if you want a pint you better request it.
Also for reference the dutch requirement is to have at least a 2 finger head on your beer so don’t complain about that. Also bear in mind that to eat & drink in this area it may in fact be more expensive then eating in other districts more central.
Well, the easiest location is Dam sqaure and the shops lining the street from central station towards Damrak. You have lot of choices in many shops.
An economic option is to buy them at Albert Cuyp street market. Here also, you find the enormous keychains, fridge magnets, candies, Delft showpieces, T-shirts etc.
In one of the shops, I also got an additional souvenir as gift because I purchased lot of items
When u feel cold or tired, goto the Bagels and Beans cafe at the end of the street. You find people of all ages relaxing amidst a noisy chatting environment.
This should really be a shopping tip - maybe I'll put a proper shopping tip about it in the place it really belongs, but as a "Thing to Do" this market is what a local street market should be: the exotic Eastern sculptures vying with the vibrant aubergines, the bunches of fresh coriander on the veg stalls exuding their aroma, competing even against the olives and sausages of the deli. The ould kaas, of which nibbles are freely available, next to the monster live lobster who would love to nibble if only his hands weren't tied. Cheap shoes, shirts and nighties, check yourself out in an antique mirror. Halal meat and saris, a rather elegant redhead checking out a silk shawl.
A set of sockets with ratchet wrench, Nivea hand cream for those that don't do dishes, pots and pans for those that do. Light bulbs by the dozen or even singly and shades to match, frilly or arty, tables and chairs, matched and missed - well worth the visit, but not just for tourists!
PS if thirsty don't forget to drop into Legendz! (That must be at least 2 beers now guys? ;p)
Nas margens do magnifico anel de canais, construído à volta da cidade, encontramos casas nos mais variados estilos arquitectónicos.
A arquitectura de Amesterdão é revelada nos edifícios com empenas decorativas e cornijas e na ornamentação das portas e janelas.
As casas de canal eram inclinadas para evitar que as mercadorias armazenadas nos sótãos tombassem para o lado das janelas. Uma lei de 1565 determinou a inclinação de 1/25 para limitar o risco de as casas ruírem. Portanto, não deixe de reparar no facto dos prédios serem um pouco inclinados para frente e possuírem uma espécie de gancho no topo, utilizado, ainda hoje, para içar móveis para os andares superiores, uma vez que os edifícios para além de serem estreitos têm escadas íngremes.
Amsterdam is a wonderful town. You can do almost anything you fancy and no-one will deny. There are wonderful museums, with some of the worlds finest paintings and sculpture, the beautiful canals, the incredibly beautiful architecture,the lovely old churches, the palaces, one gould go on and on.
I particularly loved the little bars with wonderful beer, served with two fingers of head on the top(not done in The Land of Oz)
Then you go and choose your favourite blend of smoko.Coming from an anglo-culture , where there is much breast beating on this subject, I found the liberal attitude very refreshing. Friends who live there, tell me that the legality has lessened the crime rate..I'm not sure as I have never lived there.There are signs everywhere ,telling tourists to beware of pickpockets.
I also love the street markets where you can buy plants if you wish and ofcourse the absolutly beautiful Tulips.Afew days walking around the streets of Amsterdam is an absolue joy,but make sure you have comfortable shoes as cobblestones can be hard on the feet.
This was about a 15 min walk from my hotel so I'd go for fresh fruit. If you're staying in an apartment and doing your own cooking, it also has meat and fish stands as well. Word of caution about the fish stand --when I walked by it, the smell was stronger than a fresh fish stand should smell like, so buy at your own risk. The fruit, however, was phenomenal. There was also a lot a junk, but it was still fun to browse.