Albert Cuyp Market
Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Even though we were only in Amsterdam for one day, there was no way we could leave without taking a stroll through the Albert Cuyp Market. Established in 1905 and located in the Latin Quarter of the city, its 260 stands make it the largest market in Europe, and the perfect place to stuff ourselves silly with cheap, delicious snacks after a morning of sightseeing.
I don’t think I’d ever seen so much chicken in my life before we walked past this stand. It smelt absolutely amazing and had a queue of customers waiting to buy their roast chicken. We couldn’t pass up trying the spicy wings, which actually packed quite a punch and left me with eyes watering by the end – totally worth it.
Super fluffy and eaten straight from the griddle, these poffertjes (Dutch pancakes) were absolutely perfect with a side of salted butter. And at a dozen for only €2,50 – I probably could’ve eaten another couple of servings if I didn’t have to conserve stomach space.
With a name that literally translates to ‘syrup waffle’, and made from two thin waffle-like discs with caramel syrup in between, there was no way that this wasn’t going to be delicious. This freshly cooked version was absolutely amazing with the first bite, but unfortunately its sweetness started to overwhelm and sicken by the end. Still, they’re definitely worth a try – although perhaps share one with a friend.
I’d never seen fruit that looked as amazing as these from the Albert Cuyp Market. Each carton was filled to the brim with beautiful, fresh, vibrant berries – I just wanted to buy them all! In the end, we settled for some blueberries and strawberries, both of which were fantastically sweet and far superior to any that I’ve ever tasted back home.
If you’re visiting Amsterdam and have a free afternoon, I would absolutely recommend a gander through the Albert Cuyp Market. We had a lovely time eating a little of everything and left with (very) full bellies. Even if food isn’t your calling, there are also countless stalls selling clothes, shoes and other merchandise – something for everyone!