Three days in Amsterdam - a feast for foodies - day 3
Today we’re going to be putting the district of Oude Pijp, also known as Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, under the spotlight. We’ll visit the biggest daily market in Europe and learn more about the most famous Dutch beer brewer Heineken.
09:00 – a breakfast fit for champions
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not get the day off to a fresh start? Literally, as the lunch room Anne&Max serves freshly made fruit juices, croissants and sandwiches. Enjoy your breakfast in a chilled atmosphere, as mellow jazz tunes play in the background. Anne&Max is located on Amstelveenseweg 196, close to the Vondelpark. Take tram line 2 or bus line 358 to Zeilstraat, which is just a 2-minute walk away from this lunch room.
10:00 – discover flavours of the world at the Dappermarkt
The Dappermarkt is the one of the oldest markets in Amsterdam, and testifies to the city’s claim as a cultural melting pot. With over 200 market stalls, the venue is a whirlwind blitz through the world’s finest food and non-food products. Try a Vietnamese spring roll, taste some Flemish fries or take a sneak peek at the textile products, which the market is famous for. The market’s named after Olfert Dapper, who was an active proponent of a multicultural society in Amsterdam. The Dappermarkt can be reached by bus (bus lines 22 and 42) or tram (tram lines 3, 7, and 14).
12:30 – colourful cakes
You still have to make room for a delicious cake at Taart van m’n Tante. Founded by Siemon de Jong and Noam Offer, this patisserie serves up the most colourful cakes you’ve ever seen. The brightly decorated interior makes you feel a little like you’re walking along a rainbow. De Jong is somewhat of a celebrity in the Netherlands, as he and his children bake the most beautiful cakes for the national TV programme ‘Taarten van Abel’. You can find these sweet treats at Ferdinand Bolstraat 10, which can be reached by tram lines 16 and 24 (Stadhouderskade).
13:30 – stroll through the Albert Cuyp market
The Albert Cuyp market is the largest daily market in Europe and the most popular one in the Netherlands. You’ll see both locals and tourists alike browsing for bargains at the 260 markets stalls. It’s a lively, friendly atmosphere, with Dutch market traders calling out their special deals in an effort to entice customers. The Albert Cuyp market differs from the Dappermarket in that it specialises more in Dutch products. Try some warm ‘stroopwafels’ (a caramel syrup-filled cookie) or some raw herrings. The Albert Cuyp market is just four streets away from Taart van m’n Tante and is located at the Albert Cuyp straat.
16:00 – experience Heineken’s history
Heineken beer is one of Amsterdam’s most important exports. At the former Heineken beer brewery, now called Heineken Experience, you can learn more about the history of this popular brew by taking a guided tour through the 4-storey museum. The experience is an immersive one, as you learn how to tap a Heineken beer, create your own video clip and discover how it feels to be brewed and bottled yourself during a 4D experience. The Heineken Experience costs 18€ and is a must for every beer lover. Walk from the Albert Cuyp market down the street towards the canals and find the Heineken Experience at Stadhouderskade 78, on your right.
19:00 – shop and dine at Haarlemmerstraat
If you think you’ve already seen all of Amsterdam’s highlights, then you definitely haven’t been to the Haarlemmerstraat. This crowded and vivid street in the Jordaan area is packed with trendy shops and cosy restaurants. One particular favourite is Stout, located at Haarlemmerstraat 73. The venue changes its menu every six weeks and is a nice spot to enjoy some drinks and dinner, either inside or the terrace. Continue your evening at the intimate Vesper bar at Vinkenstraat 57, one street away from Haarlemmerstraat. There you’ll find an extensive cocktail menu to toast to your last night in Amsterdam. Cheers!