One of the largest and best known of Amsterdam's many outdoor markets, the Albert Cuyp market is a fun visit, particularly on a sunny day. It is also a good starting point from which to explore the Pijp district of Amsterdam, with its village bustle and lively streets. The daily market is centrally located just beyond the Museum Quarter and is open 6 days a week (except Sundays).
The market has been in existence for over 100 years, and in fact was visited by the Queen on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. It now boasts over 300 stalls. While Amsterdammers love their Albert Cuyp market, largely due to its competitive prices, keep in mind that this is a general and not a specialist market.
The stalls are a mixture of fruit, vegetables, spices, flowers, fish, cheese, clothing, textiles and general household ware. Don't expect any designer fashions or upmarket gifts though! However if you look carefully, you may well discover a few surprises …
Be a local and enjoy a traditional Dutch delicacy of raw herring with onion while strolling around picking up a few bargains.
While you are in the Pijp don't forget to leave a flower at the statue of Andre Hazes, a much loved Amsterdam singer/songwriter of Dutch levenslied.... (songs about life)
Andre was born in the Pijp and was 'discovered' while working at the Albert Cuyp Market. When he died suddenly - over 6 million people in Holland and Belgium watched his memorial concert televised live from the Amsterdam Arena - this commemorative statue was unveiled exactly one year after his death and is located very close to his birthplace in the Pijp.