Dutch for “New Market”, Nieuwmarkt is a popular square in the centre of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Situated in one of the city’s oldest districts, the area was once used by farmers in the 17th century. Nieuwmarkt has been a historical centre of commerce, where throughout the week and especially busy at weekends, visitors can purchase anything from fresh produce to antiques and handmade jewellery at one of the many markets held here.
A bustling market is open here weekly, and visitors who explore Nieuwmarkt will also find a variety of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. During the weekend or on a bright sunny day, visitors will see cafes filled to the brim with locals and visitors alike stopping for a refreshment and soaking in the city views on one of the charming outdoor terraces. Nieuwmarkt is also a popular area for lively nightlife, where both locals and visitors alike come to enjoy an evening at one of the many bars that line the street. Visitors can also wander through Amsterdam’s Chinatown, where visitors can dine on a range of delicious Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Indonesian cuisine.
Less than 15 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Centraal Railway Station, Warmoesstraat and the Red Light District, Nieuwmarkt is conveniently located in Amsterdam’s city centre and easily accessed from many points of interest via train, tram, bus or taxi. Exploring the busy area is best on foot, as it is the most convenient way to peruse the vibrant markets and shops that line the street.
Dominating the Nieuwmarkt square is De Waag, or “Weigh House”, a picturesque and historic landmark where visitors can explore where the ancient Medieval city walls once stood. Originally St. Anthony’s Gate, the location was a vital entry point into the city before the city walls were destroyed. Over time, it’s been a weigh house, guild hall, museum and now serves as a trendy restaurant. It’s also where Rembrandt famously painted The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.