Monday, August 18, 2008

Albert Cuyp

Albert Cuyp, one of my favorite Dutch masters (don't I love them all!), was famous for his landscapes. He was a genius at depicting atmosphere in his paintings- the warm, glowing light of the sun, clouds heavy with rain- the man loved nature just as much as I love food!!
BUT...mention Albert Cuyp to the Dutch now and chances are they won't think of the painter, but of the market named after the painter! The Albert Cuyp market has been situated in de Pijp in Amsterdam for more than a century. It is said to be one of the biggest and friendliest in Europe (minus the lady who yelled at Hans for taking a picture of her stall!). You really will find everything here! Not only does the market carry products from all over the world but you'll also find clothes, shoes, handbags, houseware and all sorts of gadgets. It is open 6 days a week and it is BUSY on Saturdays!
I came home fully loaded with all sorts of edible goodies and even with a pair of t- strap shoes which I bought for a ridiculous price!
And worth mentioning is Alain Bernard, the French butcher located on the Albert Cuypstraat 133. We got some gorgeous ham and some sausages which I served with ratatouille for dinner. Have a look here for a picture of the sausages: Wat zullen we eten.


Anna said...

I would love to have a serious wander round that amazing market Paola!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I love the painter and I know I'd love the market! Thanks for this glimpse into Amsterdam life.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Isn't it funny AND sad that the people have forgotten who the market is named after? Nice photos. Thanks for taking us along.

Kay said...

I wish I could go to A'dam more often, I really should, it'sd not that far from Gouda. Great photos.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi found you over on Chez Loulou's blog...the market sounds amazing, just our sort of place to roam around and find some yummy goodies!!