The best market

The area’s residents enjoy doing their daily shopping at the Dappermarkt. The market however also attracts shoppers from far outside the neighbourhood. It was even awarded the title ‘The best market in the Netherlands’ in 2006 and 2007. The market is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00.

 

The Dappermarkt, looking toward the Mauritskade, 1982

Olfert Dapper

The ‘Historical description of the City of Amsterdam’ was the first book that the physician and writer Olfert Dapper (1636 – 1689) published. The work consisted of five parts and was commissioned by the mayor, Nicolaes Witsen. Later, Dapper wrote about exotic places in Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean, while he never actually visited these places himself. His books were very well known in his time and were translated into English, French and German.

 

The Dappermarkt, photographed from the Eerste van Swindenstraat, 1983

A greater say in the plans

At the end of the 1970s, plans were made to renovate the dilapidated 19th century neighbourhood. A complete demolition of the Dapperbuurt (neighbourhood) and the construction of new buildings were on the agenda. However, the residents of the Dapperbuurt united into an action committee called De Sterke Arm (the strong arm) and resisted these plans. Their angry protests eventually resulted in a greater say in the matter, affordable housing and a phased renovation of each building. With this successful resistance, the Dapperbuurt became the birthplace of Bouwen voor de Buurt (building for the neighbourhood).

 

Rag merchant at the Dappermarkt, 1981