Theo van KampenOne of the most remarkable changes in the Dutch weather is the transition between summer and autumn. After a usual nice Indian Summer the wind will turn to the south-west bringing rain and stormy weather. But when the wind turns to the north-east you can expect nice sunny weather though a little fresh.....
Sunday last week we expected some unexpected guests so we had to do last minute shopping and where is the best place to do shopping on a sunday? Indeed, at the Landmarkt indoor food market at the Schellingwouderdijk 339 just beneath the Schellingwouder brug (= bridge).
Because of the beautiful weather we went by bike. Since we live in the Old West part of Amsterdam and the Landmarkt is situated in Amsterdam north-east we first rode to the windmill of Brouwerij 'Het Ij' just taking the Amsterdam Bicycle Highway: Marnixstraat-Weteringschans-Sarphatistraat. We could easily resist the beer-garden since it was not open yet and continued riding east taking the Zeeburgerpad. After 5 minutes riding you have to zig-zag to take the Zeeburgerdijk which finally leads you to the Zuiderzeeweg.
But around the corner we head to the right. On the background the Zeeburger Brug
The unique thing of Landmarkt is that most of the products they sell are grown or produced in the neighborhood. That explains the name Landmarkt: Country Market, a covered market with tasty and good food for everyone for reasonable prices! since the Landmarkt buys your products if possible directly from the manufacturer.
But Landmarkt has more.... A very good restaurant where they serve you delicious food.
We choose for a spicy pumpkin soup.
The restaurant does take-away as well.
Done, it's time to go home. Not by the same way but we continued following the Schellingwouderdijk, a quiet road on the dike. Many of the houses are from the good old time: the house on the picture with the renovated facade still has the typical wood covered walls on the sides.
Surprise! When you take to the left after Nieuwdammerdijk 170 you cycle through a very quiet park called 'Vliegenbos'. Don't miss it!