What are sundays for, I ask you!
For food markets.
Last weekend, we headed back to a previous blog location, Westergasfabriek, for a thoroughly food based affair. We were greeted by the infamous Iamsterdam sign, which has been jumping around on the West side (Yep, it moves!)
And parked up, heading towards the Westergassterein, the area that stretches out before Westerpark.
You arrive the foot of the imposing Gasometer building (also a location for some pretty insane raves while we’re on the subject) and find yourself in the market!
There are numerous stalls, all displaying delicious creations from foodmakers in Amsterdam and further afield in the Netherlands. Everything is made with real authentic ingredients, and it is the perfect opportunity to experience some new tastes.
Rollende’s Pizzas, made using a wood oven.
Wraps from Wrap n’Rolling.
Rolls filled with Fresh Salmon and Mussels from ‘CuliShop’
Smoothies made freshly before your very eyes!
POWER Falafel! Served in a bun or as salad.
Cactus Wraps….if that ‘tickles’ your fancy.
Freshly baked Foccaccia sandwiches with tomatoes, cheese and salad.
As you can see, there was so much to choose from, but luckilly you could try before you buy at nearly all of the stalls.
Indeed, we were cajoled into trying pieces of smoked eel by a very assertive stall holder. No regrets though- it was ‘eely good!
People sit out on hay bales and deckchairs, drinking beers and chatting about their findings.
But we weren’t ready to open our purses yet, so we headed to the indoor part of the market to continue exploring.
You enter the Transformatorhuis and hear the sounds from the DJ, playing mostly upbeat remixes of 70s/80s classics.
And wander around more intriguing and tempting sights.
The Taco Gallery.
Freshly steamed dumplings.
Cheese and charcuturie.
Some very impressive arrangements:
Accompanied by some food for thought!
And to a stall that was made for me: The Paleocave!
The ‘Paleo’ diet means eating only things that a paleolithic person would have eaten- so nothing processed.
We had sussed out what we wanted by now, and settled down to enjoy it. The building is filled with long antique style tables, as well as armchairs to lounge in.
The market had the most wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and you can see people of all ages enjoying their sunday with family and friends.
Issy went for the cactus wrap; mackerel, red onion, lettuce and cucumber.
And I had the Paleo taster:
Sweet potato crisps, ‘Zuchinni flower’, slow-cooked beef stew and Walnut orange salad. It tasted far better than it looks!
Daytime drinking is not unfamiliar to Amsterdammers, and the indoor bar was heaving both with wine, and with delicious looking pressed Lemonades
We then headed outside and saw the tastiest looking chicken on a spit:
Which I had to try! They did a selection of wings with different sauces like paprika and piri-piri, both were delicious, although your mouth does get a little (alot) painted in the process!
At the end of the market, there were big cushions by the water, perfect for afternoon lounging for both the fresh-feeling and those who had come to try and take the edge off their hangover with a nourishing lunch!
We relaxed for a while and before we knew it it was time to search for pudding. Funny how time flies, isn’t it!
Emer went for Lottie’s fresh handmade doughnuts, which were reported to be very good.
And Issy and I found ours at the Sharp Sharp stall.
They sell gorgeous cakes and brownies, made with no gluten, dairy or refined sugar.
Issy went for the Millionaire Caramel shortbread
And I went for the Chocolate Pistachio brownie with rose water, unbelievably yet entirely sugar free!
These guys are based in Rotterdam, but I think I will defintiely be tracking them whenever they are in town!
By the late afternoon it was time to head home, dozy and relaxed.
The market is on every month, usually on the 3rd or 4th Sunday, and the next one is on May 24th. It really is an afternoon well spent, as the vibe is seriously chilled and you can be as leisurely as you like while soaking it all in. You are guranteed to try or see something new, and the “line-up” of stalls is different eachtime. You also have Westerpark at your fingertips if you want to make a real picnic of it, and the other attractions of Westergasfabriek all around. I will most definitely be heading back!
That’s all for now,