You once might have visited the popular food market ‘Mercado de San Miguel’ in Madrid or the recently opened Markthal in Rotterdam where you can indulge yourself with gastronomic delights. Last weekend I finally had the chance to visit the recently renovated Foodhallen in Amsterdam. Some of my friends living in the Dutch capital told me about the old tram depots that have been transformed into huge lofts. Some of them house design- or clothing shops. Yet, the biggest loft houses a food hall with delicious food stands serving the hungry ones. I immediately became curious about the concept and of course, as a chick living in Rotterdam, I had to compare the new FOODHALLEN Amsterdam to our Rotterdam pride: the Markthal.
I can tell that you can’t compare both concepts since the Markthal is a completely different building which serves multiple purposes. The Foodhallen only offers food stands and bars for drinks (similar idea to San Miguel market), whereas the Markthal is a place where to buy products, vegetables, herbs, but it also houses several restaurants, shops for cooking gear and last but not least: it has apartments where people live.
I do like the concept of the Foodhallen, where you can buy tapas, hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and exotic food which you order at different stands and eat at the one of the tables. The tremendous loft gets very crowded as from lunch time, especially in the weekends so make sure to get there on time. Outside the loft but still indoor there’s a very nice market with people/designers selling craftsmanship, from clothing till jewelry and decoration for your living room (only on Saturday). I bought myself a very nice handmade necklace from a local Amsterdam designer Fleur Caroline.
If you visit the Foodhallen on a Saturday, you can enjoy the nice and cozy grocery market: the Ten Katemarkt. And if you have some spare time to spend, I can recommend you to catch a movie at the cinema located next to the Foodhallen!
Opening hours Foodhallen Amsterdam
Sunday till Monday from 11:00 till 20:00 hours
Thursday till Saturday from 11:00 till 21:00 hours
Bellamyplein 51 Amsterdam – the Netherlands