Amsterdam's Pure Markt: Pure Food, International Flavor
With more than 80 participating vendors all passionate about the food they grow, harvest, bake and cook, Amsterdam's Pure Markt (Pure Market) is the outdoor shopping event to visit if you want to tuck into a world of international flavor and fun. Scheduled at rotating park locations throughout the year, the Sunday market proffers food, drink and and hand-crafted gifts from Holland and around the world.
Since 2008, the Pure Markt has drawn local foodies, families and both regional and out-of-town visitors with an above-average interest in creative, healthy food and drink. Some 70% of its stalls are devoted to artisanal edibles; the rest are a melange of designer, vintage and crafts. Sample Edam cheese, Dutch apple pie, Spanish tapas, Surinam roti or Indian curry. Dig into a freshly shucked oyster or feast on roast chicken at a picnic table or terrace seat at the market. Wash it all down with organic beer, glühwein, hot cocoa or coffee served hot from a market stall.
While grown-ups sample market offerings and shop for fresh produce and food to take home or to a hotel room, kids can take a spin on the solar-powered merry-go-round. For everyone's enjoyment, small bonfires warm the friendly commerce and local musicians and theater groups frequently perform at the market.