Amsterdam – The Albert Cuyp Market

We went there semi-accidentally the last time we were in Amsterdam. My recollection of that visit was that daughters Annalise and Holly ate at every food stall.

On this trip we made two visits to Amsterdam. On the first it was bloody cold and we didn’t do a whole lot. On our second visit – we took the train up from Haarlem – it was a beautiful spring day. I stopped to take a couple of shots of Amsterdam’s Central Station. It awes me every time I arrive there.

Look at the vastness of Amsterdam's Central Station

Look at the vastness of Amsterdam’s Central Station

You can get a train to pretty much anywhere from here. This train was on its way to Paris with just two stops.

This one went to Paris in 3 hours

This one went to Paris in 3 hours

We took a tram from the station to a stop about two blocks from the market. The Albert Cuypmarkt is the busiest in all of the Netherlands – 260 stalls -and is reputedly the largest daytime market in Europe. The famous Dutch Stroopwafels are prepared fresh here.

The street and market are named for Albert Cuyp, a painter from the 17th century. The market began as an ad hoc collection of street traders and pushcarts. By the beginning of the 20th century, this had become so chaotic that in 1905, the city government decided to set up a market, at first only held on Saturday evenings. In 1912, the market became a daytime market open six days a week. Originally the street was accessible while the market was taking place, but more recently the street has been completely closed off to traffic during market hours. The product selection at the market varies from the traditional range of vegetables, fruit and fish to clothing and even cameras. There are many products sold that are of interest to the city’s residents of Surinamese, Antillean, Turkish, and Moroccan origin, giving the market and neighbourhood a strong multicultural feel.

The market – what caught my eye::

he market from above - can you see me?

The market from above – can you see me?

The market goes for five city blocks with stalls on both sides

The market goes for five city blocks with stalls on both sides

This is a potpourri of the pics I took:

Did we take a canal cruise? No, my feet were glowing!!!

Canal cruise boat

Canal cruise boat

These houses along a canal caught my eye:

Look at the shutters on this block of houses

Look at the shutters on this block of houses

I was humming this song all day ………

Great day out.