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Albert Cuyp Market - The Red Light District Amsterdam Guide - discover the secrets!
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Albert Cuyp Market

Date: 3. jul 2017.

Your Amsterdam tour would not be complete without a visit to the city’s most popular street market. Since 1905 it fascinates Amsterdam’s inhabitants as well as culinary amateurs, passers-by or people looking for a bargain, tourists…just about anyone for that matter. It has stalls lining on the both sides of the Albert Cuyp Street in the heart of the 19th-century quarter De Pijp (Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter) of the Oud-Zuid district of the city. This quarter had become very popular for the last couple of decades. It has numerous exotic shops, workshops and handicraft businesses as well as cozy pubs and restaurants that give this quarter its lively character. The street market was named after Albert Cuyp a 17th-century painter.

The market was formed as an ad hoc collection of street traders and pushcarts in the beginning. Soon, the place became so chaotic that in 1905, the city government had decided to set up a market. At first, it was only held at Saturday evenings. In 1912, it became a daytime market, opened 6 days a week. In the beginning, the street was accessible while the market was open, but later it was completely closed to traffic during the market hours.

Due to the stronger legislation regarding the sale of perishables the trade was shifted more towards the sale of cheap textiles. The market has kept its old charm especially during the sunny days when it turns to bustling multicultural street filled with easy going people and famous Amsterdam humor. This almost a century old open-air market features nearly 300 vendors selling everything from fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, spices, chocolate, shoes, beddings, bike accessories… Traditional Dutch refreshments are available as well – herring and cheese of all kinds. The emphasis is on food from every corner of the globe, and the clothes they sell are cheaper than anywhere else in the city. If you want to experience the real spirit of Amsterdam and its multiculturalism, this market is not to be missed.

The market is the busiest in all of the Netherlands and is reputedly the largest daytime market in Europe. It is also a very important tourist attraction of Amsterdam. The famous Dutch Stroopwafels are prepared fresh at the market.

There is also many ethnic restaurants and bars that can be found “behind” the market stalls. You can have coffee in a traditional Amsterdam café or in a highly modern pub. The market tends to be very crowded at certain days and times. The whole area around the market including the Ferdinand Bolstraat and Ceintuurbaan has also many interesting shops. Nearby, you can also visit the famous tourist attractions the Heineken Experience and the Rijksmuseum.

There is total of 12 daily outdoor markets in Amsterdam and 15 markets that are open one or two days of the week and several markets which open on a certain day of the season. Most are open during normal shopping hours depending on the weather. Of course while you are pursuing through the items, always keep your eye on your belongings, as markets are the pickpocket paradise.