On the Nieuwmarkt (New Market) you can find the most impressive of Amsterdam’s remaining city gates. In the past, the Nieuwmarkt was called St. Anthony’s Gate and it was built in 1488 but eventually became obsolete. It was then used as a weigh station for merchants. The appartments upstairs were used by local guilds, including the surgeons guild. Every once in a while they would actually dissect a freshly executed criminal, which was open for the public. They also became obsolete and eventually it became the restaurant that it is right now, called “In De Waag“. It’s located on the Nieuwmarkt Square which is full of cafes and bars and also a market of course, true to its name.
The Nieuwmarkt is very popular among locals. Especially during the weekends. The terraces of the bars on the Nieuwmarkt are always filled with people. And yes, also during the winter! A Dutchman like to sit on terraces… On the Nieuwmarkt there is always something going on: Lot’s of bicycles, lots of people, lots of bars and restaurants. The Nieuwmarkt is definitely one of the best places in Amsterdam to do people watching.
Fun fact: That building on the picture above (The Waag) is the oldest non-religious building of Amsterdam.
During our Red Light District Tours, we’ll show you the Nieuwmarkt and the Waag as well. Our local guides will point out which bars and restaurants are most popular among locals. It’s always good to know which places are nice to visit, right? Our guides will also give you a short history lesson about this place.