After breakfast, Dave headed to work, while I headed to the Monday morning Noordermarkt, which is spread out in front of the square surrounding the Noorderkerk (North Church) in the Western Canal Ring. This square has been a market site since 1627, when it sold cookware and old clothes. Today it is predominately a flea market selling cookware and old clothes … and records, antique furniture, fabrics, jewelry, etc., etc. It was much more lively and more extensive that I had imagined, stretching beyond the square and down along one of the long side streets. The Noordermarkt Flea Market is every Monday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Biological (organic) Food Market takes place here in the same square every Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Continuing the Market Day theme, I meandered through the entire horseshoe of canals to the De Pijp district in the Eastern Canal Ring to Amsterdam’s largest and most well-known market, the Albert CuypMarkt, which is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. It runs all along the street called Albert Cuypstraat, named after the Dutch landscape painter, and you can find everything here from cheese, to flowers, to fish, to sausage, to clothing, to shoes, to furniture, to yarns and fabrics, and so on and so on, along with some of the best prices in the city. The permanent shops behind the stalls, on either side of the street, are also fun to peruse through. The market can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends, but today was not bad at all.