The first time we went to Pure Markt was well over a year ago, i.e. a long time before we realised what we were getting ourselves into by becoming parents. Whereas a year ago going to a local market was a spontaneous, one minute discussion and decision, with a newborn it is now a one hour debate of how to get there, checking whether the weather will stay warm and dry, and considering if Baby Bird's mood is going to last. That's not even including the time it takes to actually get him and us ready, put him in the car seat, put the car seat in the bakfiets, get the bakfiets out of the house, put our bums on bikes... and oh, wait I forget a change of clothing for Baby Bird - because there is no other way to guarantee poo will explode all over him than by not having a change of clothes.
Anyway, enough of our domestic stresses - all of which are totally worth it when we're strolling around these delicious smelling stalls in one of Amsterdam's prettiest parks, enjoying being a family of three - and instead check out these photos of Pure Markt. With food trucks, farmers' produce, handmade goods, several bars (hurrah!), live music and many more things to look at, Pure Markt is a market that is pretty much only frequented by locals so if tourist dodging is your thing, check out where this Sunday market will be held during your visit to Amsterdam as it rotates between a number of different parks in Amsterdam's suburbs and surrounding areas. It prides itself on being a market "for the whole family" and when I see other families enjoying themselves there - kids running around with face-paint sparkling on their cheeks, parents sharing a bottle of wine together - I look forward to doing more Pure Markts.
These are photos of Pure Markt being held in Park Frankendael and Amstel Park. As you may be able to tell from the photos, we pretty much go only for the pulled pork burgers, but we're also huge fans of the American Baking Company; I ate their white chocolate chip cookies so quickly I didn't have a chance to take a photo.
Frances M. Thompson
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