NileGuide Expert Says:
1072 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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NileGuide Expert tip:
The Albert Cuypmarkt is the perfect stop after a visit to one of the museums in nearby Museumplein, or the Heineken Brewery. Behind the rows of stalls are many shops, restaurants, and bars—see especially Bazar, specializing in North African and Turkish cuisine, and the popular cafés and trendy bars of the side street Eerste (1e) van der Helststraat.
While the Netherland's largest outdoor market (rumored to be the largest outdoor daily market in Europe) is an important tourist attraction, it is still predominately a Dutch experience. Locals mob this street daily, sifting through cheap clothing, fresh foods, toiletries, and electronics while traditional herring and cheese vendors loudly advertise their wares in Amsterdam's native tongue. Here, visitors to the city can immerse themselves in the authentic Amsterdam experience while buying souvenirs at half the price of those found in the tourist shops of the City Centre. The market is located in the famous de Pijp neighborhood, Amsterdam's Quartier Latin. While many visitors may want to combine a stop at this market with a visit to the nearby Heineken Experience, the savvy traveler won't want to forget the bustling and diverse dining and nightlife scene found here as well.
The Albert Cuypmarkt is named after the street on which it is located which is, in turn, named after a painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam's longest-running market was first officially organized in 1904 as a Saturday evening event. Now it runs Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and hosts over 300 stalls.