One of the most characteristic features of Amsterdam is its vibrant markets scattered throughout the city. Hundreds of stalls tended by interesting and diverse characters make up these markets, which pulse with a life of their own. Each market has its own unique atmosphere and pace: some are a manifestation of charismatic chaos, whilst others encourage a gentle wander through its stalls. Visiting at least one market is a must when visiting Amsterdam.
By far one of the most fragrant and colorful markets in Amsterdam, the Flower market is most certainly worth a visit. It is also the only floating flower market in the world! Millions of flowers (mostly tulips) crowd the stalls, blooming with life and beauty. If you are in search of a typical Dutch porcelain ornament, you will find hundreds throughout the stalls of the Flower market. In addition to the stalls lining the market side of the street, there are shops and cafes on the other. Shops selling cheeses, Chinese products, and souvenirs stand shoulder to shoulder, with the occasional winding alley between.
Brimming with exquisite cuisine, Albert Cuyp is the go-to place for all the foodies. Ocean smells drift through the air, as many of the stalls sell fresh fish, shellfish, and calamari. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for purchase, artfully arranged in colorful trays. There is a lot of traditional Dutch dishes available for sale, including sweet ‘Oliebollen’. Dusted with snowy white iced sugar, it is a deep fried dutch delicacy. In addition, there are rows and rows of clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts, and trinkets for sale. There are many cafes in the area serving excellent coffee and meals, perfect for watching the dynamic crowds pass on a sunny day.
The building where once the first electric trams in Amsterdam were serviced has been granted a new life. In the former tram depot, an official monument built between 1902 and 1928, you now find De Hallen Amsterdam. The Hallen is inspired by ‘indoor food markets’ from different metropolitan cities. Any city that matters should feature a place like The Food Hallen where you can enjoy a large variety of delicious bites and drinks in an industrial-like setting. Visitors will discover the best of culinary Amsterdam under one single roof.
The Waterlooplein market has a laid back ambience, and a range of colorful characters. This market is a must for those who love antiques. It is a treasure trove of old brass ornaments, cutlery, jewelry, and more. There are many traditional blue and white porcelain Dutch ornaments, both charming and cherished. Many of the stalls also have a very Rastafarian vibe, selling African-inspired patterned prints, reggae music, and retro accessories. Waterlooplein market also has a stunning location, situated behind the city hall and near the Amstel river.
Located in the East of Amsterdam, the Dappermarkt is both multicultural and lively. As the East of Amsterdam is quite well known for its abundance of Mediterranean cultures, such as Turkish and Moroccan, you can be sure to find something flavorsome and exotic to indulge yourself in. In addition to the beautiful cuisine, there are many bargains up for grabs. Jeans, dresses, skirts, bags, hats, shoes, and much more is up for sale, at prices that are fantastic value for money!
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