ALBERT CUYP MARKET OF AMSTERDAM
I always love to explore markets wherever I travel.
This market is very big compared to other markets I visited in Amsterdam. Filled with hundreds of stalls with the variety of goods. Fresh fruit, flowers, and plants, fish, spices, and vegetables. Cheese with different sizes and flavors. Mix with the stalls sold tablecloths, beds, suitcases, winter coats, pottery, paintings, textiles, jewelry and more.
Compact. Chaotic but neatly arranged. Comfortable.
The word ‘market’ does not stop with a variety of fresh and traditional products, but also products from abroad. Products originating from city citizens such as Turkey, Morocco, Suriname and more.
I brought to Indonesia not only souvenirs such as key chains or refrigerator magnets but I also wanted to bring authentic delicacies from Holland.
I bought two stroopwafel packages from this market. Fresh made on the spot. I never saw it before. I was salivating at the smell of the warm dripping syrup from the stroopwafel. I also sampled a lot of cheese before choosing which one I liked the most. I chose the cheese with chili flavour. There are many more different types of traditional tastes.
Then I bought metworst. This is a typical Dutch sausage that dry with air. Traditional sausage is known as the food of the poor in the Netherlands. Some had a strong taste of cloves, the impact of trade with Indonesia centuries ago.
The Albert Cuyp market has been around since 1905 in the midst of the De Pijp neighborhood. The busiest market throughout the Netherlands and is the largest day market in Europe.
If my sister did walked into the back of the stall, I would never know there were shops. Many stores range from supermarkets, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, handmade goods (soap, souvenirs, etc.) and much more. Modern and old fashion. There are even popular ethnic-style restaurants and bars behind market stalls.
I met a leather shop owner from Jakarta. She has lived in Amsterdam for over 20 years. I bought a jacket. Today was weather was gloomy, drizzle and cold brought strong winds from time to time. I put on my new jacket and walked out the shop excited to wander stall after stall.
The market not only attracts regular shopper but also window shoppers, tourists (like me!) looking for the bargain and quality goods.
I came again and again to this place as there were always something new. Especially on Saturday when the place pack with shoppers. I found it easier to roam from one stall to another without feeling awkward didn’t buy anything.
If possible I could do this for hours without cold weather.
If I need a break, I walked out the market. I went to one of the cafes or restaurants that surround Albert Cuyp Market. I rested and drank a cup of coffee. Some cafes have a strategic place to watch people passing by.
Another thing I could walk to the nearest park. It was a relief to walk in a quiet place, break from the crowded place. Took longer stays if weather permits.
Then I went back to Albert Cuyp Market. I had no problem going home empty-handed after walking for hours. What to say, I love wandering around markets.
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