Amsterdam Sights

Alkmaar Cheese Market

The characteristic canals, countless monuments and charming cafés, restaurants and shops make Alkmaar a very diverse city. Above all else however, Alkmaar is most famous for its cheese.

Alkmaar cheese trading started in 1365

In 750 year old Alkmaar you will learn about a time-honoured Dutch tradition: taste-testing and weighing of cheese. Market traders and farmers negotiate the cheese price through the cheese bargaining method of clapping hands.

The Alkmaar Cheese Market has been a tradition for over 4 centuries. The spectacle takes place every Friday from April to September on the Waagplein in front of the medieval Waaggebouw (weighing house). During the school holidays, a special children's cheese market is held, where children can sample the cheeses for themselves.


During your visit you will also discover that Alkmaar is a fantastic shopping city. Be sure not to miss the small and unique boutiques in the little side streets between the main shopping streets Laat and Langestraat.

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Fri* 10:00 - 12:30
Sat closed

* From End March until End September

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