Top markets in Amsterdam for food and flowers
Nothing beats fresh produce and the smell of fresh flowers on the streets of Amsterdam. Check out the top markets in the city to refill your vase with this season's beautiful tulips and fill-up on the great foods, fruits, and vegetables.
Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest and most popular outdoor market in the Netherlands, with 260 stands selling everything from typical Dutch treats such as raw herring or freshly made stroopwafels. Situated in the heart of De Pijp, the surrounding cafes and terraces make Albert Cuyp a lively spot for a day of shopping and people-watching.
The Noordermarkt farmer’s market is a haven for gourmands. Grab yourself a couple of freshly chucked Zeeland oysters to slurp for an afternoon snack as you browse the colourful stalls loaded up with fresh produce from local suppliers and artisans. Or why not craft your own perfect borrel plank with fresh olive focaccia, cured meats and Dutch cheeses?
An institution in Amsterdam Oost, Dappermarkt boasts 200 stalls selling appliances and clothing, plants and fresh produce, including meat and fish. Traders from the Middle East, North Africa and Suriname offer specialty foods. Be sure to discover something new here and head to Oosterpark for a tasty picnic.
This small but jam-packed farmer's market is ideal for all your weekly groceries such as bread, dairy, vegetables, fruit, meat, dry goods, wine, cheese, herbs and flowers. Mainly organic products are sold and the sellers will be happy to give you more information on all of the delicious local products.
A permanent fixture in downtown Amsterdam, this floating flower market is not to be missed. Situated on a stretch of the Singel canal, Bloemenmarkt's glass houses are filled with vibrant colours and the smell of fresh flowers.
One of the newer markets on the scene, Pure Markt brings artisanal produce and creativity to locations in and around Amsterdam and boasts a mix of Dutch and international cuisine from Suriname roti to freshly chucked oysters. Drink it down with an organic beer served in luscious green surroundings.
When: Park Frankendael every last Sunday of the month; Amstelpark every second Sunday, Amsterdamse Bos five times a year
Traditional cheese markets
What is a trip to the Netherlands without sampling some great Dutch cheese? And there’s no better place for it than at a traditional cheese market complete with cheese weighing ceremony, 19th century costumes and folk dancing. The Old Holland villages of Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden all host cheese markets, so put on a straw hat and your stretchiest trousers for an afternoon of fine Dutch dairy.
When: check the markets’ individual websites for market days