Thessaloniki Markets

Thessaloniki has something of a reputation as a “foodie” destination. Even Rick Stein has visited for an episode of his Long Weekends.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04jjd4l/player

It seemed like every other building had a cafe or Taverna. The coffee was great (I became particularly fond of the freddo espresso) as was the food – seafood, mezze, souvlaki, gyros – and it wasn’t expensive.

There was an extensive market too. A real, everyday market selling everything from fruit and veg, meat, tripe, fish, olives, spices, flowers, household goods, religious icons and some tourist souvenirs. I love mooching around a good market! Here’s a few snaps.

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De Pijp and the Albert Cuyp Market

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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.

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The Café de Pijp is a favourite, which I’d visited during a previous trip when I explored the Amsterdam School buildings to the south of the district

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And it’s here where you’ll find the Albert Cuyp market.

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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.

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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.

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A mint tea to start

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Here comes our food!

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A coffee to finish

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Borough Market

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The Sunday morning of our visit to London, heading down past Southwark Cathedral to visit Tate Modern, we called into Borough Market. “London’s most renowned food and drink Market” which is just behind Southwark cathedral and London Bridge.

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Citrus fruit, bringing a touch of sunshine to a grey, foggy London

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Exotic dates and dried fruit

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Catch of the day!

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Oysters

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Mushrooms

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Even a stall selling truffles – which you were allowed to smell by opening the jars

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Rather pricey, though!

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A fantastic range of produce. We came away with some cheese and spices and wishing we had something similar nearer to home. Luck Londoners!

Saturday at the Noordermarkt

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The Noordermarkt (“Northern Market”) is a square in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam next to the Noorderkerk. Every Saturday there’s a busy Farmers’ market in the square.

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The produce was extremely inviting and I could have spent a fortune on fresh fruit, veg, mushrooms and cheese. Don’t think they’d have survived the trip home on Easyjet, though!