Theo van Kampen
The Kinkerbuurt is an old neighbourhood in the west part of Amsterdam, named after the 18th century poet and lawyer Johannes Kinker (1764-1845), it has it’s own foodmarket ‘Ten Kate Markt’ and is blessed with two tram lines: 7 & 17. Here many streets are named after writers and poets.
Build around 1900 at the time that Amsterdam was expanding dramaticly this neighbourhood has been build fast and not always with the best results: many buildings lacked quality so many blocks are demolished and replaced for something new… but enough history is still present and that makes a stroll through this neigbourhood a pleasant outing.
At Da Costakade 108-110 we can see the beautiful façade of the former storage of the brewery Zuidhollandsch Bierbrouwerij Den Haag in art deco style pur-sang.
We continue our walk and we approach the Ten Katestraat. There is situated in daytime the foodmarked with a broad variety of food from all over the world but also high quality local products are being sold: on the picture you see me buying fresh garlic in one of the best market booth.