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"Stop It's Beer Time!" Albert Cuyp - Street Markets Tip by johngayton

Albert Cuyp - Street Markets, Amsterdam: 29 reviews and 38 photos

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The Albert Cuyp market (of which more later) really is well worth a visit. As you wander, taking in the local atmosphere (deeply-inhaled nasal breaths as you pass the cheese stalls, breath out as you pass the fish). It now becomes that time when you start to feel the roof of your mouth sticking to your tongue (or vice versa) after the overindulgences of the evening before, a watering hole becomes a sudden necessity, rather than a mere digression, and there are worse places to digress in than Cafe Legendz - brilliantly marketed and it does what it says on the tin!

It was the blackboard (the one on the front page) that caught my eye, my feet refusing to continue despite a direct order from the "rational" left lobe. Then the outside boards delivered the coup-de-grace - FEET 1 BRAIN 0 - Ha! Good old feet, never let me down ;)

I suppose this is a modern equivalent of the traditional "brown cafe" in as much as it's not actually brown. The barman, who happened to be Italian, having arrived via the Channel Islands, lived up to the propoganda, passing the time of day with a bit of travel "shooting the bull", giving directions to an English couple who popped in looking for a "coffee", and generally being genial with all and sundry.

If you happen to be passing, before or after your haring broodje, digress in and say Hi!

Address: Cafe Legendz "de Pijp", Nicolaus Berchenstraat 4
Directions: Off a side street at the top end of the market, website gives really good directions.
Phone: 020 772 3456

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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