Fresh food, colourful flowers, a bustling atmosphere and noisy sellers. The Albert Cuypstraat is one of my favourite streets in Amsterdam. This ‘world famous street market’ offers everything you expect from a decent city market. Check out our Albert Cuyp Guide for the best herring, good-value restaurants and fancy bars.
Combine your visit to Museum Square (Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk), Vondelpark and Heineken Experience with a walk down the Albert Cuyp Market. This bustling street is over a kilometre long, sandwiched between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat in the heart of the De Pijp neighbourhood. You can’t miss it! Tramlines 16 en 24 (Albert Cuyp stop) take you to the start of the market at the Ferdinand Bolstraat. When you leave the tram, skedaddle from the red bicycle lane. Remember, Amsterdam has more bikes than people. Locals on bikes act as king of their castle. They make their own rules. And what gets on their nerves? Right, tourists mindlessly wandering around on bike lanes 🙂
The market opens at 09.00 AM and closes around 05.00 PM. Hundred meters in you’ll find a herring stall. Act like a local and eat a fish with onions and pickles! My favourite shops are behind the market stalls. Here you’ll find some good-value restaurants as well. Here is my ‘cheap eats’ top-3:
Cosy eatery specialising in fresh and healthy food. My favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Amsterdam offers a relaxing, informal and welcoming atmosphere. They serve modern and exciting dishes. Go early to avoid long waits. Pho 91 is the perfect place to bridge your Albert Cuyp Market visit with a night session in one of the countless pubs in the Pijp.
Address: Albert Cuypstraat 91.
This tiny ‘snackbar’ is named after the friendly host and owner Sonny. He serves the best falafel in the Pijp – and probably in Amsterdam. You’re in the right place for fresh vegetarian food, spicey sauces and toppings. Make sure you order a good-old portion of Flemish fries (including mayonnaise) on the side. When the sun is out, order takeaway and eat your fine meal at the Sarphatipark.
Address: Eerste van der Helststraat 43.
The Butcher (Burgers)
Make sure you have a tasty burger at The Butcher. For more than one reason. Before you enter the bar, be sure to notice the entrance. It’s a cow painted across the glass window! Sinister and stylish at the same time. There’s a ‘secret’ night bar at the back of the Butcher. Phone ahead to make a reservation for the night bar. You’ll receive a password in your mailbox.
Address: Albert Cuypstraat 129.