The busy, untouristy Dappermarkt is a swirl of life and colour, with around 250 stalls. It reflects the Oost's diverse immigrant population, and is full of people (Africans, Turks, Dutch, hipsters), foods (apricots, olives, fish, Turkish kebabs) and goods from costume jewellery to cheap clothes, all sold from stalls lining the street.

Dapperstraat is named after Olfert Dapper, a 17th-century doctor and writer. His book Description of Africa was a seminal text of its time, which he wrote despite never having travelled outside the Netherlands.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Amsterdam attractions

1. Spreeksteen


This tribute to freedom of speech, established in 2005, is a rock podium marking a 'speakers' corner' in Oosterpark. Organised debates occur here and…

2. De Schreeuw

0.27 MILES

A wavy profile shouting into the sky, this tall silver sculpture in Oosterpark honours free speech – it's also a tribute to controversial filmmaker Theo…

3. Oosterpark

0.29 MILES

The lush greenery of Oosterpark, with wild parakeets in the trees and herons stalking the large ponds, brings an almost tropical richness to this diverse…

4. Tropenmuseum

0.29 MILES

A great arched, galleried space, the Tropenmuseum houses a three-storey collection of artefacts from all over the world, depicting a wide range of…

5. De Gooyer Windmill

0.29 MILES

This 18th-century grain mill is the sole survivor of five windmills that once stood in this part of town. It was moved to its current spot in 1814, fully…

6. Muiderpoort

0.36 MILES

A dome tops this neoclassical arch, which was built in 1770 as a gateway to the city. On the south side you'll see the Amsterdam emblem of three St…

7. Slavery Memorial

0.46 MILES

Slavery was abolished in the Dutch colonies of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles in 1863, and Surinamese sculptor Erwin de Vries was commissioned to…

8. WerfMuseum 't Kromhout

0.49 MILES

Boats are still repaired at the 18th-century wharf on the outer side of the dyke, and this is a 'working' museum in the eastern hall, devoted to…