Nieuwmarkt (English: New Market) is a square in the centre of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The surrounding area is known as the Lastage neighborhood. It is situated in the borough of Amsterdam-Centrum.Make Nieuwmarkt part of your personalized Amsterdam itinerary using our Amsterdam trip builder app.
The square is considered part of Amsterdam's Chinatown, next to the De Wallen (Red Light District). There are over 20 cafés and coffeeshops facing the square. There is a daily market on the square, as well as an organic food market on Saturdays and a market for antiques and books on Sundays in the summer months.
The Nieuwmarkt is dominated by a building known as the Waag, originally a gate in the Medieval city walls but converted into a weighing house after the walls were demolished in the 17th century. The square was created when the canals around the Waag were filled in 1614, and was used as a marketplace (hence the name). In World War II the square was used by the Nazis as a collection point for Jews who had been rounded up to be sent to the concentration camps.
In the 1970s many buildings on and around the square were torn down to make way for a planned metro and highway which was to run right through the Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood. This led to heavy rioting, known as the Nieuwmarkt Riots (Nieuwmarktrellen), in 1975 and, ultimately, abandonment of the highway plans. The metro, however, was constructed, and Nieuwmarkt is now a station on the Amsterdam metro (subway) system.
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The market area was lacking on the day we visited - there was only 5 stalls selling mainly produce. The square is close to the red light district & has the picturesque de Waag building. Spend time... more »
The Nieuwmarkt held on Saturdays, can be easily located. It is on the opposite of Anne Frank House, as you walk ahead of the Wester Cafe, Tulip Museum and the Cheese Museum. We ate authentic fries... more »
Highly recommend walking through the Nieuwmarkt area. Easy to get to from tram or metro. Eclectic restaurants and weekend flea market is really good (at least the weekend I was there, not sure if... more »
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