If browsing markets is your style, head to the Westergasfabriek on the first Sunday of every month. Craft stalls, food stalls, clothes, homeware, you name it – stylish sellers in an awesome setting that seems to go on for miles. If its a sunny day, be ready to spend a few hours browsing, shopping and of course eating!
There are lots of other types of market in Amsterdam. Along similar lines to the Westergasfabriek is the travelling Pure Market. Focussing mainly on artisan food but with a smattering of vintage clothing and gift items, you can find out which of Amsterdam’s wonderful parks will be hosting it on the Sunday you are there by checking their agenda. Both here and the Westergas above are great places to find authentic Surinamese and Indonesian food and in particular really great saté.
Every Saturday the Noordermarkt sets up in the wonderful central Jordaan area. Antiques, curios and jewellery sit alongside a wonderful organic food market perfect for a snack or, if you’re staying in an AirBnb, why not seize the opportunity and knock up something more substantial. The Noordermarkt is very near The Anne Frank House, but if you’re in the foodie frame of mind, you’ll also find yourself right by the greatest apple pie in the world. On Monday’s the Noordermarkt becomes a flea market.
For a permanent and much more historic market, head to the daily Albert Cuyp Market in the centre of The Pijp district. Nothing like the trendy markets above, this is far more authentic having been established in 1904. Think London’s Brick Lane before the hipsters moved in. Along with fruit and cheese, fish and spices you’ll find real Amsterdammers heading here for cheap clothing, bedding, cosmetics, shoes and everything inbetween. Best of all though are the food stalls – this is the place for the best herring, stroopwafles and poffertjes in town. This street is also the location of North African restaurant Bazar and parallel to the fabulous Gerard Doestraat with it’s wonderful shops and hip cafes.