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The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam is the busiest street market in all of the Netherlands. Located south of the city’s center, Albert Cuyp Market has been operating in the city (albeit in a much smaller form) since the early 20th century. Today, the market has grown to over three hundred stalls lining both sides of Albert Cuypstraat and selling everything from fish heads to cosmetics.

We went on a Saturday morning, the market’s busiest day of the week, and from the amount of people we saw crowding through the small street in between the vendors, I’d believe it. If you’ve got small children, I’d recommend going on a weekday when the crowds aren’t as thick. It is really easy to get separated!

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

If you’re into shopping, there are certainly some good deals to be had here. Friendly haggling is acceptable, and from what I can tell, expected. Items for sale range from the nicer, typical flea market stock, like glazed pottery and faux vintage jewelry…

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

…to the downright tacky. It’s a street market – what did you expect?

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Adult-sized, neon glow-in-the-dark watch, anyone?

Right. Moving on.

If shopping’s not your thing and someone dragged you along to Albert Cuyp Market, no need to fret, because they also sell food. Lots of it. And everyone likes food.

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Except maybe the kind that stares back at you. Yikes.

I got some strange looks from the fishmongers (I think that’s the first time I’ve ever said that word) when I got in close to get a picture of that bright pink guy.

Want to hear something weird? I actually like the smell of fish markets. It reminds me of going fishing at lakes in Arkansas as a kid. You’d open up the storage cooler to see what everyone caught that day, and the smell would hit you like a ton of bricks. Or more accurately, a ton of wet scales. I promise I’m more normal in real life. That’s a lie.

Despite how much I just talked about it, fish is not the only food source at the market. I promise.

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

In addition to a vast array of fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll find stalls selling all sorts of candies and chocolates and countless varieties of nuts. There’s even an entire stall dedicated just to olives. (My knowledge of olives ends at kalamata.)

Large Dutch stroopwafels are also sold here. A stroopwafel looks fairly similar to an American waffle, except thinner, and is made up of two layers of waffle surrounding a caramel syrup filling. They’re baked fresh and sold daily in Albert Cuyp Market, and if I’d known about this delicacy while I was there, I’d have stood in a line for them regardless of how long the wait was. Just another reason to head back to Amsterdam, I guess! Like I needed an excuse…

For another fun market to visit in Amsterdam, check out the Bloemenmarkt!

Albert Cuyp Market: Website
Address: Albert Cuypstraat, 1072 CN Amsterdam

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Exploring The Eclectic Albert Cuyp Market In Amsterdam

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17 Comments

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    Irene @ Away from Tenerife
    September 10, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Large stroopwafels is something I’d like to try if I’m ever back in the Netherlands! I liked the ones from the supermarkets but when I was at the market in Leiden I also spotted those huge waffles filled with caramel and just out of the heat which looked delicious. But I had just eaten, so I refrained myself from it. Hopefully next time :)

    Nice photos of the market, I think I’ve never been there.

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    Nicole
    September 10, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    That pottery is gorgeous! But the big ugly fish…no thanks, yuck! Puts our little farmer’s market to shame :)

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    the lovebirds
    September 10, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    You have some major talent… these pictures are gorgeous! They made me feel like I was on the street with you. Loving your blog! xoxo

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    Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    September 10, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Reminds me of one of the markets in Prague. It has it’s own quirky strange things! Markets like this are so fun to explore!!

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    Emmymom
    September 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    That does look busy!

    That fish is so creepy looking! I don’t know if I would be brave enough to get in for a close shot, but what cool beautiful shots you get because of it!

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    Tammy Chrzan
    September 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    I have much to say.

    First of all… Girlfriend… You Like the smell of fish markets? I think I cringed when I read it… lol… try the fish market in Dalston, London on a Summer afternoon, you might just change your mind! I can’t bring myself to buy any meat that is laying out, I mean OUT for people to touch and flies to land on. No thank you Ma’am! The bright pink fish completely put me off of sea food… oh wait, I don’t actually like sea food, except for shrimp, now that’s nummy yummy!

    You’re a great photographer I must add, your photographs always have such rich color and such great angles.
    I would have passed on those watches as well, but I must say that I would NOT have passed on that beautiful blue pottery, those colors are gorgeous and I would have had to buy a piece or two… I know you don’t like souvenirs but I would have happily purchased something from that stall!!

    I’m loving your posts on the Netherlands, I was just glancing at an article that was saying that people in Scandinavia were happier than people in the US.. Interesting eh?

    Much love to you and I hope you’re having a good week so far!

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    Sara Louise
    September 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Another market I’d love to visit! I’d snatch up loads of those brightly patterned bowls :)

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    Shaylynn
    September 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Holy S*** when I was in South Carolina we went to a yogurt shop and they had those waffle things, and they changed my life, and I’ve searched high and low for them ever since. Basically.. you know what you have to do:)

    Girl… “Adult-sized, neon, glow-in-the-dark watch, anyone? Right. Moving on.” That was hysterical, and please never post photos of fish again. i am EATING

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    Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    September 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Over 300?? Geeze, so big! That looks like fun!

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    Kerry
    September 12, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    My knowledge of olives stops at stuffed.

    I do NOT like the smell of seafood, I do NOT like when my food stares back at me either. So you and I cannot visit this market together…

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    Reima LoveATraveler
    September 12, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    One of my favorite things to do while traveling is checking out the street markets! Especially the food. :)

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    Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    September 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Now this is my type of eye candy! So many pretty things! How do you refrain!? Those bowls!!! They look so much like the ones from Antrhopologie…but way cooler since they are from Amsterdam!

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    Katrin
    September 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I love markets like that one. I haven’t been there yet but I would love to. Flea markets are so awesome, it is fun to spend hours there. Not a fan of the dead fish though!

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    Janette Johanson
    September 13, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I think I would be in heaven roaming through these places with you. I really am digging those bowls. I think they would be super cute gifts!! How much!? hah

    Do you barter with them too? How do I get 12 of those bowls. I wish they had wifi in the area so you could FACE TIME me as you shop and I can paypal you money to shop for me and mail it home. :) Very fun.

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    rorybore
    September 13, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Love that glazed pottery!! And it is even in my colour theme too. I could wander around places like this all day long. I used to love going to this big market when I was in Jamaica…up in the rainforest. was awesome.

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    Diana Bockus
    September 14, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    The turquoise pottery – want, want, want! haha. This is amazing. I would imagine that with all the hustle and bustle going on that it’d get pretty hectic but it seems like they have everything! Love your shots!

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    jaklien
    December 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    That is what I miss about Amsterdam. Its markets. The ones here in London are always just a bit too touristy! And they don’t sell stroopwafels and poffertjes!

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