Delighting in the copious amounts of organic food markets in Amsterdam is the subject for this third installment of the Amsterdam series. While I was pretty lucky to have a home with a fully stocked kitchen, backpackers with a hostel kitchen and hotel travelers should also take part at least with fresh fruits.
Amsterdam Food and Markets
The city of Amsterdam is one of the most progressive and green cities I’ve visited so far on the trip…and in addition to biking around the city instead of cars, the locals have a huge selection of organic fresh outdoor food markets. I often hear travelers rave about sampling the exotic treats at food markets in Asia; just because the city is Western doesn’t mean the outdoor markets should be skipped!
A wander through the local bustling markets was just as enlightening in the Netherlands as it was in Laos. I wandered through the stalls taking in the crisp scent of every vegetable imaginable – and it was all fresh and in-season! Instead of buying the Washington green apple shipped in from the US’s Pacific Northwest the local farmers bring in juicy blueberries, currants, and other seasonal delicious delights – that is both eco-friendly and more fun!
Currants just came into season when I arrived and these bulging juicy red berries topped off my yogurt and museli every morning – easy enough for hostels and hotel travelers too! Fresh oranges also packed up well and naturally don’t require cooking and I found them the perfect anti-dote to my craving for fresh Florida oranges – not the same but lovely :-)
And perhaps one of the best reasons to take a wander through the daily and weekly markets is to interact with the locals and have some authentic dialogue and a bit of fun while sussing out the perfect apple for an afternoon snack. Every person in Amsterdam pretty much speaks English and if they started speaking in Dutch, I just asked for English and they flawlessly and immediately switched languages.
Beyond just seeking out some fruits and snacks in the markets cooking up a feast for yourself using all of the local ingredients is a great way to feel like an authentic part of Amsterdam…after all, the locals don’t eat out every night! I cooked up a feast in Italy using fresh local pasta, fresh organic tomatoes and top-quality olive oil and it was a lot of fun to shop around and dodge locals picking out their weekly produce.
So, the same holds true for Amsterdam – pick out some gorgeously fresh veggies, pop into the local bread shop for fresh bread, and cook up the local flavors.
And just for fun, a little find in one of the huge flower markets? Cannabis seed starter packs. You know, it’s just one of those things that you’re likely only going to see while wandering the streets in Amsterdam really and cracked me up.
Did you find a great market in Amsterdam? Favorite things to do in the city. Tips on an Amsterdam restaurant?