If you only visit one street market while you’re here, make it ‘the Cuyp’. Going since 1905, it’s a one-stop shop for fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg, clothes, jewellery and just about everything else, and is well worth wandering simply to soak up the atmosphere. If you’re peckish, do try the roast chicken or herring; stroopwafels will do the trick for those with a sweet tooth. And make sure to hang out at the intersection between Albert Cuypstraat and Eerste van der Helststraat – it’s awash with cafés, bars and cool little boutiques.
Once a major seafaring and trading powerhouse, the Netherlands has a rich history when it comes to steadfast bargaining. So it’s no surprise that even today Amsterdam boasts no fewer than 32 markets, some of which have been going for nearly 100 years, each with their own distinct character (and plenty of eccentrics behind the stalls).
Whether it’s vintage clothes, flowers, bric-à-brac or antique furniture you’re after, there’s an outdoor shopping destination for you. So if you’ve ticked off most of the major attractions and things to do, ignore the bland high street chains and tourist tat, and head instead to one of these unmissable Amsterdam markets.
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