Haarlem, Netherlands weekly outdoor food market

It’s Saturday morning in the Dutch city of
Haarlem and the open market is in full bloom. It’s one of the larger and more lively market
squares in all of the Netherlands. Market day in a European city is generally
a lot of fun. You get a chance to mingle around with the
locals then have a look at the produce, and the cheese and the fruits and different clothing
items for sale, participating like a resident – and maybe you’ll find something good to
eat. It’s no surprise this big event is at the
central market square right in the middle of town next to the big church. On the map you’ll see the network of streets
in the old town, that was shown you in another movie and today we will focus on the market
square, right in the center. When traveling it’s not always easy to strike
up conversations with the locals but on market day everybody is ready to talk, so by all
means have some chats with the vendors. So what’s going on here? This is the market, every Saturday from 9-to-5. We have a lot of stuff here. You can buy fresh flowers, fresh fish, fresh
meat, fresh chicken, fresh potatoes. You can have anything you like. We have nice vegetables, food, that you can
eat it right away – very much fun. And it’s a good place to work. To work. Yes it’s a good place, it’s fun. We have nice buildings around us, and there
are nice restaurants, lots of people, all over the world, it’s nice. Yeah. We have them from America, from Canada, from
Australia, from France, from Germany, so. So it’s a real social place too. Yes definitely, definitely. A lot of conversation, also yes, strangers
meeting, also, and the people are coming from everywhere. They know this. They come. And it’s right next to the big church. The big church, you can go inside, it’s very
nice. And what are you selling here? We’re selling wool. From Holland? Yes, Dutch wool. It’s cold in the winter? Well we have Dutch winters – they’re not
that cold anymore, but. And I have some customers over there so I
am going on, thank you very much. Thank you. Bye-bye. Bye-bye. You’ll find clothing for sale as well, and
some hardware and other kinds of miscellaneous gadgets including a nice variety of bicycle
seats. The Dutch love flowers and are major world
suppliers but nothing is more Dutch than cheese. Is this cheese from Holland? Yeah it’s almost everything is from Holland
except this one and this one. The rest is from Holland. Every cheese is different. Goat cheese, farmer cheese. And how many kinds of cheese, how many varieties? 30, 30 kinds of cheese I think. You want some? Maybe a taste. Yeah. We’ve got some cheese from the farm and those
are raw, from raw milk. Not pasteurized? Not pasteurized, yeah. Like that one. So, raw? It’s okay? Try it, yes, sure. Not dangerous? Ha ha. Creamy and spicy. So it’s not pasteurized? No, no, it’s raw milk, raw milk, yeah, handmade
by farmers. In America raw milk cheese is legal but not
so common. It is required to be aged for 60 days out
of some health concerns but many argue that raw milk cheeses are more delicious than pasteurized
cheese with a spunkier, more natural and exciting flavor. Located in the middle of Europe and also being
very open-minded, the Dutch like cheese from other countries as well. No Dutch cheese. From France, Italy, Spain, Portugal. Oh all over Europe, no Holland. No Holland cheese, no. Aha. Pecorino with truffles, yeah. That’s a very exclusive cheese. Of course the heart and soul of any open market
is the produce, the vegetables, especially fresh and locally grown – a lot better than
frozen food from a supermarket. What is this? All organic food. We have all vegetables, organic, so very healthy. Where is it from? All in Holland at the moment. Most of the things are from Holland. Aha. Still, yeah. Holland? Is it the Netherlands or do you just say Holland
when you talk about your country? Netherlands, Nederland, Nederland, yeah. OK how much is that? 4.50 please. A bag of nuts is one of my favorites. OK. Have a nice day. One of the most fascinating elements of Dutch
culture are the bicycles, they’re everywhere. It seems like everybody has a bicycle, or
if you’re a tiny toddler you are on the front seat or the back seat or maybe in a little
cart that’s attached to the bicycle. It’s endlessly entertaining to watch the variety
of bicycles go by. Sometimes it’s like little pickup truck with
capacity for cargo and a baby. This clever lady gives her dog a workout and
gets pulled along on a free ride – notice she’s not pedaling. Somehow each bicycle is unique, and these
carts and carriages seem unusual to visitors from America but this is perfectly normal
here. Actually it’s a great way to get around of
course. And here’s how you load two frisky little
kids into the cart. Notice there is a front seat for the little
girl and a backseat for big brother, and room for cargo with a handheld loaf of bread. Get their shoes on, secure them in place and
push them along, get ready for the journey. It’s a normal daily routine. I have a theory that one reason that Dutch
are generally smart and sociable and outgoing and alert is they grew up on the front seat
of a bicycle with their eyes open and seeing the world spin by them. A very stimulating and daily experience instead
of being trapped into the backseat of a car as we do in many other cultures. The typical Dutch bicycle is very efficient,
with just one-speed direct chain drive, with no loss of energy, unlike fancier bikes with
multiple gears and derailleurs adding some friction and resistance. Another favorite item of mine are the breads,
the incredible dark and rich and heavy breads, with lots of seeds, and varieties, and textures. And you find this kind of good wholesome bread
throughout northern Europe – in Germany certainly, and Scandinavia which bears many
similarities to the Netherlands. And here we have fresh bread. Some of that’s actually baked right on the
spot, the some of these counters have brought along their ovens and so they can waft that
wonderful odor of fresh-baked bread out to lure you in and buy a loaf or two. Pick up some cheese to go with it and you’ve
got yourself an instant meal, maybe a picnic lunch or even dinner. If you don’t find anything to eat at the market
there are a number of cafés all around the market. There’s a beautiful corner bar here – people
kicking back watching the parade of people going by, having a drink or having a meal. It’s a perfect spot for a break before plunging
back into the market. And there’s always some kind of opportunity
for free samples so don’t be shy, they want to give it away to entice you to buy, for
example these wonderful olives. Where are the olives from? From everywhere, from the Mediterranean. Oh really? So variation of I think maybe 10 countries. Wow. The buildings all around the market square
are beautiful and historic. Most of them date back to the 1600s. You’ve got the old meat market, you’ve got
the weighing house, the City Hall, and the big church, the Grote Kerk, there is an archaeology
museum and some former residences of the nobles. You’ve got the visitor information office
here so stop in for some free maps and advice. Haarlem has a long history as an important
market town as far back as the 14th century when it was in its heyday. It was collecting tolls on the canal. It was a larger city than Amsterdam, and then
later in the 17th century it reached its cultural peak with artists such as Franz Hals living
here and creating many great masterpieces. It’s long been the capital of tulip cultivation
with the famous flower fields nearby in Keukenhoff and, even today it’s a major producer of a
variety of flowers. Well you can see how much fun this market
is but you’ve got to be here on a Saturday to catch all of this action. So if you can possibly arrange your schedule,
if you’re staying in Amsterdam and you’re around on a weekend, by all means come on
over to Haarlem and have a walk around the market and then see the rest of town. We have more movies about Haarlem so be sure
to have a look at our YouTube channel and subscribe so you can be notified about all
of our recent uploads. We’ve also got a series of films about the
Netherlands covering many of the highlights of this beautiful country, stay tuned.

98 Replies to “Haarlem, Netherlands weekly outdoor food market”

  1. Oh please.. now I'm hungry.. I grew up in a dutch family.. it's cheese, and baked goods with lots of sugar and butter! And , of course, aardappeltjes. Lots, and lots, of potatos. And, of course, the dutch cheese shops are wild…
    Bicycles are so popular in holland because the country is flat as a dutch pannakoek. No hills. Just a wind that always blows against you no matter what direction you are headed!.
    Great video!

  2. Hi! My name is Chanel and I’m a production assistant for Thrillist.com. We are creating text on screen videos on travel destinations and love your video! We were wondering if we could use a few clips from your video, and give you on-screen attribution. Please let me know, and thank you for your time!

  3. Even though some of the shots are a little "off" (which can easily happen when you work alone, which I think you do), I like this style of video's ten, no I think a hundred times more than selfie-style travel video's that only feature the person talking on camera instead of voice-overing stuff with accompanying footage about what the voice-over is talking about. Great video. A lot of cities and villages have a weekly outdoor market. My city has one in basically every neighbourhood and I think Haarlem has that as well.

  4. Like your tour video's. Love to see one about Leiden (Netherlands), a historic university town with lots of musea and its great historic center.

  5. Having watched mum, dad, two children and a live pig on a motor bike in Vietnam suggests that almost anything is possible.

  6. I live there 🙂 I wasn't born in Haarlem, but I consider it home and never want to leave again. It is one of the oldest cities, but not as big or crowded as Amsterdam for example. It has great museums and architecture. And the trainstation is the oldest one in the Netherlands. I don't consider the market anything special though, there are better markets across the country, most famous is the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam, however that is much more tourism-based than this one. Another great thing about Haarlem is that it is famous for the huge veriety of restaurants and cafes. Visiting Haarlem during the day should result in having a great meal in one of the many restaurants in the small streets in the centre. And if the weather is good, perhaps have a nice, cold beer at one of the bars around the market place in the evening.

  7. Great video, i really like your commentary over the footage. I am really suggesting (urging, almost!) you to visit Groningen some day, the pearl of the northern part of the Netherlands.

  8. 4:45 he says it seems everybody has a bicycle. Dutch data say more bikes than people. One to transport the kids to school, one to ride in town, one cross country, one race, one folding to complement either end of a public transportation leg, an old cheap one to get to the train station on the home end and 2nd old cheap one to get from the other end station to the office. As bikes without auxiliary motor have no speed limit, you also want one with an aerodynamic hull to get you around pedaling at 40 mph.

  9. dutch bikes have multiple speeds, but the gears are in the hub of the wheel and the wiring hidden in the tubes. They LOOK simple, but they aren't.

  10. You also need to visite the market on saterday in Spakenburg, there are stil people in traditionele kloding.

  11. Hello,
    I'm Dutch living in the south of Holland.
    66 years of age and never been to Haarlem.
    Saw your vid's on Haarlem and will be going next saterday (three and half hours driving by car)
    You really gave an inside of Haarlem already
    So thank you so much.

  12. this video makes me feel very sad and happy at the same time. I was in germany two years ago and i wanted to go to amsterdam but i could not beacuse the time. I hope one day have the chance to travel to Europ again and visit holland.

  13. Beautiful market,
    I had been there. There are lot of variety of food items, clothes, flowers, and other things..

  14. Thank you so much for the tour. Absolutly enjoyed your video. I liked and subbed. Hope you stay connected my channel also dear❤?

  15. Wow so beautiful…bel posto…..schön! I like the bicycle, very helful to carry groceries and little angels too.?

  16. WoW this is an incredible market. Love the bikes, flower shop, and bread! I can’t imagine buying cheese that’s sat out all day though. Can’t blame him for passing on the unpasteurized stuff!

  17. we can't do bike in American big cities, like NYC, we tried we most of the year they have no use. those are much smaller countries w/ tiny streets.
    6:25 author say that as we do in other cultures, throw kids on the back of the car" or something like that. I want to say" "sir it's not abt culture, it's abt possibilities to physically be able to move around and get there faster & safer. Imagine all those bikes in NYC streets, are you crazy? I would not want it. Bike experiment didn't work here. The only summer, in the park, that's all.

  18. Taste our bread! You won’t regret it. It’s soft, flavorful & bouncy. Put a layer of ‘Echte boter’ on it and get a taste of heaven 🙂

  19. Thing with the dutch is, their real authentic markets don't sell fake or cheap fabricated stuff and food. it's real.

  20. I was born and raised in Haarlem. Stayed in Haarlem during my study years in Amsterdam. Left the city at 30 to live in The Hague and now moved to a modern city. I will still be a "Haarlemmer" all my life. But, I would not want to go back. Many things changed for the good. There has been a massive, huge, overwhelming influx of highly educated people from Amsterdam (with money) who did not want to have kids in the overcrowded city of Amsterdam. There were no houses there. Now the same happened to Haarlem. It is crazy expensive to live there now. Also the atmosphere in the city has changed. It is now poshy in the city center. I am NOT saying that is worse, but just not so recogniseable for me anymore. What really improved is the city itself. It is now in so much better shape than only 30 years ago. However, I will never go back again. Too expensive and too crowded, narrow. I love my modern open spaces and lots of green, with silence. There is one thing I do miss a lot. In Haarlem you only have to bike a few minutes to go to beautiful polders and old Spaarndam (with Hansje Brinkers saving the dyke) if you go east. If you go west, it takes a few minutes to find the nature reserve in the dunes, the coast and the sea and if you go south it is 1 hour bike ride to the tulip fields in April. That all, I still miss a lot.

  21. kloten yuppen,met die p……bakfietsen,man man wat is dat een vervelend iets,en dan nog zo n huis vader,waarvan de vrouw zwaar geemancupeerd is en het huis houden financieel voor haar rekening neemt,nee die markt is echt leuk maar wel 20jaar geleden,toen het in het centrum nog arbeiders klasse verging,zo dat is er uit

  22. I live in the neighbourhood of this city but i crew up here in my youth. Do you know that Harken in New York is called to our city? New York''s name in the 18th century was New Amsterdam when i understand ik well. Hou are all welcome here but not all at the same time ??

  23. The nicest thing of the Netherlands is that most of us are multi lingual, we do everything to make you feel comfortable and helping where we can. If you are also into "cheese" than visit Gouda, where the famous Gouda cheeses come from. The northside of the Netherlands ( Friesland, Groningen) is also worth to visit, especially for the lakes and sailing. ???

  24. Non-pasteurized cheese normally won't hurt you, dairy farmers know not to put the milk from a section of the udder if it has mastitis. 🙂 Healthy cow's milk rarely harbors bacteria.

  25. I've read it's unusual to get ice in drinks, is this true, anyone? I really my iced tea, and ice in my water.
    My fav is smoked Gouda – yum! (or yam! in Dutch) 🙂
    Thank you.

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