Expat Life, Day 31: Ten Kate Market & Foodhallen workshops
Mike and I have been in Amsterdam for officially one month! Hooray. We have yet to settle into our new apartment, which we move in to on October 1st. We were hoping to be in an apartment by September 1st, but we hit some apartment hunting road bumps along the way.
For you expats moving to Amsterdam, I’ll make sure to write about our apartment hunting experience once we’re in our new place so give me a couple of weeks!
Anyways, right now we’re in an AirBnB close to de Pijp, which is a fantastic neighborhood for restaurants such as Omelegg, and I think you know how I feel about AirBnBs. I love them! They feel much more homey than any hotel.
This is now the 3rd place we’ve “lived” in since moving to Amsterdam. All the places include:
- Die Port Van Cleve, which is a great location for a touristy agenda but an ok hotel with a TERRIBLE restaurant
- ID Aparthotel, which is a great apartment style hotel, but bad location ‘cept you can still reach city center within 5 minutes with the Sprinter
- this AirBnB close to de Pijp, which is just right for us.
Moving again and again has been atrocious with the amount of stuff we brought, but I guess that’s what happens when you move.
We got to our AirBnB yesterday with a cab since we have so much stuff and left our bikes at the hotel so today we took the tram back to the hotel to pick them up. I had to mentally prepare myself to bike all the way from Sloterdijk to our AirBnB because I’ve never ridden a bike that far in Amsterdam yet.
To break up the bike ride, we stopped in our soon-to-be neighborhood market, Ten Kate Market, and got excited about living out my European dream, which is to shop everyday at a fresh fruits and vegetables market.
Check out everything within arm’s reach as soon as we walk down our stairs:
Best part about this all is that I will use little to zero packaging! I plan on bringing my own bags and containers. The vendors might think it’s a little weird as I hand them a glass tupperware to fill grains with but they’ll get to know me pretty well soon enough.
On top of groceries, there’s such good food to eat. I’ve eaten fries at about a dozen places in Amsterdam so far (they’re really hard to avoid), but these are definitely the best fries I’ve had.
We had poffertjes for only a €1,50, which were better than the ones we had at Pancakes! Amsterdam.
There was also this Vietnamese chicken filled spring roll type food, which had great flavor, Loukan Delicatessen giving away free desserts and tea that were all really good, this stand serving super fresh and lightly cooked tender calamari for €3, and fresh coconut for only €1,50. I had to get it. In the US, fresh coconuts are usually €5+.
Lastly, if you know me, I love DIY projects, and to see fabric being sold at this market is like DIY heaven! I no longer have to take a 20 min. subway over to the Garment District to get my fabric. I can just walk down the stairs.
If living in Europe wasn’t already a dream, now it definitely is with all the fresh food and DIY options near me. I hope you enjoyed the preview of my street, which is basically just the market.
By the way, biking back was a success although a little hairy at some points with all the bikers and cars around, but I did it. Now I have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore this new neighborhood we’re in. We’re taking it easy this weekend ’cause as you know, yesterday was the 24 year anniversary of my dad’s passing, and ‘chill’ is the theme of the weekend.
Thanks for taking a peek into my life today. It’s pretty nerdy how excited I can get about markets and food. You should see me in an average grocery store. I still get very excited being in the produce section. Please tell me you understand my feelings too about fruits and veggies. 😉 ‘Till next time. xo.