The first full day of our break in Amsterdam turned out to be grey, cold and gloomy. But undeterred we boarded the tram that stopped right outside our Apart-hotel and headed to the de Pijp area. Originally a working class quarter built to ease the overpopulated Jordaan in the 19th century, today it’s occupants are a lively mix of young and trendy types (like us? well perhaps not!) and “incomers” from all over the world, so it’s become something of a cosmopolitan melting pot. The streets are lined with shops (and not just the big chains), cafes and restaurants. And lots of bikes, of course.
And it’s here where you’ll find the Albert Cuyp market.
There’s been a market here since 1904, and today there are over 300 stalls are lining both sides of the Albert Cuyp Straat. Stalls sell everything from fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and spices to clothes, cosmetics and bedding.
After we’d had a good mooch around the market we met up with our daughter and her boyfriend to go for a midday meal (dinner for a northerner) at Bazar, which is in a converted church building on the Albert Cuyp Straat. It serves North African and Middle Eastern food which is delicious and inexpensive. As a consequence it can get very busy.
A mint tea to start
Here comes our food!
A coffee to finish