The largest daytime market in Europe
The Albert Cuypmarkt
The Albert Cuypmarkt is a daytime market in Amsterdam on the part of the Albert Cuypstraat between the Ferdinand Bolstraat and the Van Woustraat in De Pijp in the Zuid district. The street and the market are named after Albert Cuyp, a painter from the 17th century.
The market started as a loose collection of street vendors and push carts. This degenerated into chaos in the early 20th century, after which the municipal council decided in 1905 to establish a free market, which was initially only held on Saturday evenings.
The Albert Cuypstraat, the Dapperstraat, the Ten Katestraat and the Lindengracht were designated as ‘ventstraat’ in 1910. In 1912, the market became a daily market that is open 6 days a week. Originally the street was accessible during the market, but for many years the street has been completely closed to traffic when the market is open.
The market is the busiest in the Netherlands and is said to be the largest daytime market in Europe. It is a major tourist attraction. On September 23, 2005, a statue of folk singer André Hazes was unveiled on the Albert Cuyp market, in the Albert Cuypstraat. Hazes spent his childhood in De Pijp.