At the foot of De Waag you will find every day a great fruit and vegetable stand, often a cheesemonger, sometimes a herring vendor, and usually also a flower stall.
On Saturdays there is an organic food market and on Sundays there is often a market for antiques and books a little 'alternative' branch of the Waterloopleinmarkt, which is closed on Sunday.
Bars and restaurants
De Waag was built in the 15th century and is surrounded by 17th and 18th century facades and many nice cafés and restaurants.
In summer the square is transformed into a big outdoor café where you can see all of colourful Amsterdam pass by. Café 't Loosje is the undisputed favourite, at least for local residents.
On the western side of Nieuwmarkt you have the Red Light District, connected by short, narrow streets. Northwest of the square, just behind the Waag, begins the Zeedijk.