Marqt

marqtI’m sure I’m telling the food-concious Amsterdam inhabitant nothing new when I say the word ‘Marqt‘. Because Marqt came and conquered, almost a year ago!
The concept behind Marqt (not a supermarket but a ‘fresh market’) is fresh food, mostly organic, coming from local farms in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam and of very high quality. Everything is presented in a sublime and spacious interior (think wood, brick and stainless steel).

For people living in NY or London, where fancy food experiences (we don’t call them supermarkets any more) such as Whole Foods are around your corner, this concept might be nothing new. But to us here in provincial Amsterdam, organic shopping used to be limited to a couple of over-prized, sexless bio-shops where the shop assistants were as slow and un-enthusiastic as the food they were selling. But with Marqt in town, Amsterdam is back on the organic map!

xxx Esther

P.S. When you go shopping at Marqt (BTW the bread is divine), you can leave your cash at home, because they only accept cards.

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1. gabrielle | December 20, 2008 | Reply

and the absolute best thing is that the owner is the only (as far as i know) buyer who says to hell with EU policy and stocks only nitrate-free meat. all the cold meats (and even some of the cheeses) in natuurwinkel and organics contain nitrates. there was a big article recently about why nitrates got through – apparently it is a short-term policy compromise. the owner of marqt though says he didn’t buy into that. love him. love the shop.

2. bubbles&creams | December 20, 2008 | Reply

I want the same in France!!!!!!

3. Kelli | December 20, 2008 | Reply

Looks like a great place to shop! So excited to hear about a spacious, mostly organic and “buy close to home” kind of store. Have fun shopping there and I will be sure to drop in the next time I am in Amsterdam.

4. Michela | December 20, 2008 | Reply

It sounds amazing!
Nothing like this here in Milan…

5. Kristin | December 20, 2008 | Reply

so true, we have come to rely on Whole Foods quite a bit- it is truly great, but you have to get there EARLY or it is a mad scene! And, the price of certain organic items such as lemons will make you think twice about how important is it for the lemon to be organic.

6. Isabelle | December 21, 2008 | Reply

A well design shop with good cheeses, fishes and marvellous bread
By the way, pay attention to their “fresh” meat which can be sold out of date…not only few days but can be from what I experienced 3 weeks…meat ordered to the butcher not the one on the shelves…

7. Cihan | December 22, 2008 | Reply

I wish we had the same in Brussels. There are small organic shops but nothing like this.

8. Natalie Walton | December 22, 2008 | Reply

Looks like a gorgeous place to shop. I often shop at Macro Whole Foods in Bondi. There are a few other branches around, too, now. And I recommend highly the book The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer. It really hit home that buying organic produce is not just about taste and chemical-free food but about paying the “real” price of producing food.

9. gabrielle | December 22, 2008 | Reply

exactly – it’s interesting how organic has evolved from a lifestyle to a health choice and now a moral one. One of BC’s fab bloggers once posted that great youtube clip about Tony’s Chocolate.

10. Esther | December 24, 2008 | Reply

Here’s that post about Tony’s Chocolonely:
http://babyccinoblog.com/?p=1250
I love that chocolate!

11. kidlet | December 29, 2008 | Reply

I like the openness. I don’t know about other locations, but where I live supermarket aisles feel more like tunnels or high-walled channels than anything else.

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