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New MarketFounded in 1614 approximately, the Newmarket or the Nieumarkt has undergone a metamorphosis to come into the form it is today in. Part of the expanding Chinatown, and located just at the edge of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District, you will find this picture-perfect NewMarket.
Today’s New Market
This open space location is now lined up with a host of bars, restaurants and coffee shops for the tourists’ benefit. You will find this place a lot quieter and less congested as compared to the jostling action found at the Rembrandtplein and the Leidseplein. In fact, according to some of the locals, the NewMarket resembles a small city within a large city.
One of the most famous landmarks is the Waag or de waag, now housing a modern organic restaurant. The Waag was once a part of the ancient wall (circa 1488). When here, you must pay a visit to the daily produce and flea market in the Nieumarkt and the organic food market on Saturdays from 9 to 5. Meanwhile, on Sundays also, the antiques market goes on from 9 to 5 (May-Sept).
The place also houses some popular recreational joints including the likes of the Café Cuba and the Cotton Club, offering live jazz on Saturdays, along with many fine Chinese and Thai restaurants. In addition, the markets here are excellent for picking up some fresh fish as well. For shoppers, there are several Asian markets and speciality shops in the vicinity.
Interestingly, the nameplates in the street today are labelled not only in Dutch, but also in Chinese. This became essential because the today’s NewMarket neighbourhood houses a lot of Chinese inhabitants.
To get here, the Metro is the easiest route and stops right at the Nieuwmarket. The place is also an easy walk from any centrally located hotel.
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