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