Amsterdam is an amazing city. It is clean, civilized, has a great assortment of restaurants and cuisine types and some fabulous farmer’s markets. Among these, I particularly liked the Noordermarkt Farmers market out of all the farmer’s markets in Amsterdam.
What is so special about this farmer’s market? Since it is a Biologische versmarkt, everything is “bio”. Basically, everything is organic. The goal is “to provide the consumer, with fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems”. I went to the market twice while in Amsterdam.
Things you can Find at the Noordermarkt Farmers Market
Fresh Oysters: There was an oyster stand, these puppies were ready for shucking and the locals were slurping them up. The prices ranged from 2-6 Euros.
Butcher shop: Be forewarned. A chicken cost 23 Euros – that’s $21 USD. Made the chicken that same day and it was delicious. But I’m still hurt by the sticker shock.
Vegetable Stands: All the veggies your heart could desire and more. There was romanesco, tomatoes, cauliflower. The available vegetables will change according to the season, but there is always something yummy there.
Grains: Almost any grain imaginable was represented at the market: spelt, basmati rice, lentils, bulgur, quinoa – all organic.
Cheeses: There were tons of cheese stands and lots of samples to taste from all sorts of countries including France and Italy.
Mushrooms: This was my favorite stand and one I could not resist. I came home with lots and lots of mushrooms. They had everything from Portobella, pink oyster, mini Shiitakes, Maitakes, Coral Mushroom, and Purple Foot.
There were also antiques and clothing as well as musicians to entertain. If you happen to be in Amsterdam and you are there on a Saturday; do not miss this amazing spot. It will be worth your while.
The Noordermarkt farmer’s market is located at Noordermarkt, 1015 MV Amsterdam (off Prinsengracth), about a 10-minute walk from the Anne Frank House on Saturdays all year round.
Pro Tip: There are two other markets nearby, so enjoy them but don’t get confused. The Boerenmarkt farmers market is on the left and the Lindengrachtmarkt is around the corner.
Take a short 10-minute walk from the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House
Take the 3 or 10 tram and get off at Marnixbad.
Park your car at the Europaparking lot. It costs €2,60 per hour and it is located at Marnixstraat 250.