Albert Cuyp Market is a popular street market that offers a wide variety of items you can enjoy whether you're looking for food, produce, crafts, clothing or virtually anything else. You'll find it all in Amsterdam, on the street of the same name within the Oud-Zuid district. Unlike many other street markets, this one is open most of the week, except on Sundays.

Albert Cuyp Market is one of the largest in Europe, so the whole family can come along for a visit and still find something exciting to see. With centuries of history, this market has grown to offer more variety than many shopping malls. Most people spend about 2 or 3 hours at the market, but given the extent of the shops available, your stay could easily become an all-day affair.

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Albert Cuyp Market highlights

The central feature of the Albert Cuyp Market is the variety of items on offer. It's made up of multiple vendors set up at stalls, and there are typically around 260 market stalls open 6 days a week. Among the offerings here, you'll find an array of fresh fruits and vegetables sold directly by the growers who put so much time and effort into them, in addition to a selection of clothes, fabrics, accessories and flowers.

One of the most iconic aspects of Albert Cuyp Market is its fresh food. While you can find full meals available here, the 2 most prominent options are the stroopwafel and the fresh herring. Stroopwafel is a delicious sweet treat that consists of a wafer waffle crafted from baked dough with a caramel filling in the middle.

Albert Cuyp Market history

Albert Cuyp Market dates back more than 100 years, though this area was a market long before. By the early 20th century, this was already a common marketplace, though it was primarily populated by an amalgamation of pushcarts and traders set up haphazardly throughout the area. Eventually, the city decided to set up an official market in 1905 because of the chaos the market had created.

The Albert Cuyp Market was originally only a weekly market event, which quickly changed. Just 7 years after officially opening, it was transformed into a daytime market open 6 days a week, and it continues that schedule to this day. With the popularity of vehicles in the following decades, they implemented new rules, including closing the street off to vehicle traffic during open hours.

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Good to know when visiting Albert Cuyp Market

One of the most important things to remember when visiting Albert Cuyp Market is to visit on an empty stomach. Food is a major part of its offerings, and you won't want to miss out on anything. Try walking its entire length before committing to something, as you'll find a wide variety of international cuisine available with plenty you may not have expected when imagining a Dutch market.

While Albert Cuyp Market doesn't officially close due to inclement weather most of the time, you probably won't have much luck finding open stalls when it's rainy or excessively windy. Additionally, all the stalls are independent, so they don't necessarily abide by the market's official opening hours. You can be sure that they'll all close on time, but you may find a few that aren't set up yet when the market officially opens.

Albert Cuyp Market in Amsterdam

Location: Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)