The Albert Cuypmarkt is a popular market located on the Albert Cuypstraat in Amsterdam-Zuid. The Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest and busiest market in the Netherlands. The market is open six days a week from nine to five.
The long rows of stands that make up the Albert Cuyp offer anything from exotic foods to the latest fashion, consumer electronics to freshly caught fish, jewelry, toys and bathing suits to fresh vegetables, in short - a diversity of goods too large to sum up.
Behind many of the market stands there are entrances to larger shops, adding to the choice of goods the area has to offer.
The neighbourhood the Albert Cuypmarkt is situated in, the Pijp, and it is well known for it's bustling mix of cultures and nationalities. This is clearly visible in the diversity of goods on offer on the Albert Cuyp, and also in the many types of food available on and around the market.
The Pijp is known for its many small café-restaurants, lunchrooms and food stands representative of kitchens from all over the world, which makes it a popular spot for lunches, dinners or just a few drinks.
In recent years the Albert Cuypmarkt has started to attract more tourism, resulting in a increased number of stands aimed specifically at the tourist clientele.
The Albert Cuypstraat was named after the seventeenth century Dutch landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp. Aelbert Cuyp lived and died two centuries before the Albert Cuypmarkt made its first appearance, so his relevance to the market is in name only.
The Albert Cuypmarkt was officially born more than a century years ago in 1905. The waters in the area now known as the Pijp were drained at the end of the nineteenth century in response to the growing need for new housing, due to an exponential growth of Amsterdam's population at the time.
The new residential areas were built quick and cheap by private investors out to make a profit. The people taking up residence in the new quarters were certainly not the wealthiest social segment of Amsterdam, but also not the poorest.
The Albert Cuypstraat was born when a small local canal was drained and filled up, which explains the fact that the street is a bit broader than most streets in the surrounding area.
For the daily provision of fresh goods and foodstuffs the Amsterdam residents in those days where wholly dependent on local markets. The market on the Albert Cuypstraat started out as a spontaneous and chaotic gathering of street vendors. The Albert Cuypstraat was a logical pick for a street market because it was broader and had more open space than other streets in the area.
The Albert Cuypmarkt was formally recognized by the Amsterdam municipality as a legal street market in 1905, but it was only allowed to take place on Saturdays. After 1912 the market was allowed to stay open six days a week, and in later years when the market steadily grew in popularity the Albert Cuypstraat was turned into a pedestrian only area, as it is today.