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If there’s one way to soak up the authentic local culture of a city, it’s by walking through some of its most well-known open-air markets, rubbing shoulders with the locals. Amsterdam is known for being exceptionally multicultural, and its markets offer lively colors, smells and sights that will draw you from stand to stand across the city. Here is a list of some of the best markets around Amsterdam, some offering more than just food.
There’s no better place to learn about Amsterdam than at the Albery Cuypmarkt. This is the largest and most popular outdoor market in the Netherlands, with 260 stands set up down one lengthy street. The Albert Cuypmarkt has been open since 1905, and attracts all kinds of people, from locals to home cooks and tourists. Its varied stands sell everything from shoes to fresh foods such as the characteristic Dutch raw herring or freshly pressed stroopwafels.
Noordermarkt – Boerenmarkt
At the edge of the Jordaan district, you will find the Noordermarkt which runs every Saturday. The market fills the Noordermarkt square and offers all sorts of fresh and dry food. You can find fruit and vegetable, meat and cheeses, fresh herbs, pasta, grains and various types of olive oil.
Marqt – The Farmers Market
On the ground floor of an brick town house you will find the Marqt farmer’s market. Almost all of the goods sold there are local Dutch products, with the exception of those that don’t come from the ground or are not produced at all in the country, such as lemons and wine. The prices are reasonable compared to the big supermarkets.
On the square just inside St Anthony’s Gate stands the New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt), which has been around since the 17th century. Back then, farmers would arrive daily with fresh produce grown in their land plots. Nowadays, the farmer’s market (known as Boerenmarkt) runs only on Saturdays, where you can still come and purchase fresh produce and flowers directly from the producers. While browsing the stalls, you can pick up a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and snack on boiled corn on the cob.
Ten Kate Markt boasts some of the country’s finest produce to gratify everyone’s tastes. You can find West Asian grocers, Dutch sandwich vendors, French cheese mongers and many others. The market has more than 130 food stalls that stretch along Ten Kate street in a residential neighborhood in Amsterdam West. Around the market there are a number of quaint cafes, ethnic restaurants and exotic grocers.
Credit: Eating Amsterdam Tours Blog