Have you been to the Leiden market? If you haven’t, it’s worth going. There is something about a market along the canal that gives it so much more character and charm. I can’t think of a better way of spending a Saturday morning than strolling in the market to the hustle and bustle of the vendors and the smell of food.
The market takes place on both sides of the canal and is held twice a week: Wednesdays and Saturdays. However, I recommend going on Saturdays as the market is twice the size of the Wednesday one. I like the fact that it is a much larger market than the Wassenaar market and hence, you have a bigger choice of fruit, cheese, fish, florists and nut shops to choose from.
There are also regular shops running parallel to the market. For example, there is Mamie Gourmande Boulangerie. It is quite comparable to Michiel. It sells quiches, all types of bread & pastries such as croissants, etc. It’s very popular and there is often a queue outside the shop.
In case you are wondering which shops in the market are good, here are my favourite shops.
There are several fish shops in the market and they are all in a row next to each other but I love Klaas Hartevelt for the its excellent quality and great value. There is always a really long queue at peak hour but it’s well worth the wait. He sells at different markets from Tuesday to Saturday and you can find more details from his website. Attached is a photo to help you identify his shop.
The market has my favourite chip shop called Karels Bio Friet. It’s organic and chips are fried with their skins on, just the way I like it, The chips are freshly cooked and not refried like some chip shops. It has 10 different sauces to choose from. My daughter’s favourite sauce is Flip which is a peanut butter and mayonnaise. It sounds like an odd combination for a sauce but it works. It’s quite nice. You can’t miss this shop as it is a distinctive yellow and green caravan.
There is an amazing cheese shop in the market called Holland Kaascentrum which has several award winning cheeses. The staff are really friendly and happy to let you sample as many cheeses as you want.
I have explored several markets in Holland and I would still say that Leiden is my favourite market!