If you only visit one street market while you’re here, make it ‘the Cuyp’. Going since 1905, it’s a one-stop-shop for fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg, clothes, jewellery and just about everything else, and is well worth wandering simply to soak up the atmosphere. If you’re peckish, do try the roast chicken or herring; stroopwafels will do the trick for those with a sweet tooth. And make sure to hang out at the intersection between Albert Cuypstraat and Eerste van der Helststraat – it’s awash with cafés, bars and cool little boutiques.
It might not be entirely accurate to call Amsterdam the international capital of vintage shopping, but it can’t be far off, can it? The Netherlands has a rich history of trading and bargaining, so it stands to reason that the Dutch are still at it today. The best markets in Amsterdam are the cream of the crop, the finest from a wide selection that embraces eccentricity in the name of style.
Okay, that might all be a little too lyrical for what occasionally amounts to bric-à-brac and a broken chair, but this is Amsterdam. Everything here has its flavour (the magnificent restaurants showcase that perfectly), and shopping is no different. Get that haggling glare ready because Amsterdam’s markets are waiting for you.
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