I did promise a part 2 of my fabric shopping experience. My lovely Airbnb host who also happened to enjoy sewing recommended a few shops in Albert Cupmarkt.
I didn’t have much time left, so on my last day I decided to spend the morning making my rounds just to check out the fabric collection since most of the shops open at 9.30am.
I got to Amsterdam Centraal, hopped on the tram and got here in no time.
The first stall I stumbled on sold some batik, which I later also discovered at the other shops along the street.
A small shop selling fabrics that are great for interiors. There are some unique fabrics that I quite like.
I kept staring at this flamingo fabric wondering what I could do with it.
Most of the fabric stores along the market have a stall just outside of their shop with some fabrics on display so you won’t miss it when you are touring the market.
I found the same fabric that was sold at Lapjesmarkt (€20/m) and it cost so much cheaper here!
Here’s a section where there are nice cotton fabrics.
My daughter would love pressing on these green polka dots.
I didn’t venture into this shop. As the name suggest, I notice a good collection of gorgeous silk fabrics, and fabrics with lots of heavy embellishments. They seem more Middle Eastern than Oriental.
This shop carries a lot of branded fabrics and you will see images of runway models stuck all over the shop. If you are a dressmaker, you can probably get fabrics from here and re-make your own runway piece.
What I really liked about this shop is the huge collection of Liberty Art Fabrics. They have it in the heavier material that you can turn into jackets (lowest rack pictured below).
Then there’s the cotton collection and also a sample book with fabrics for upholstery. The shop owner told me they probably have a more complete collection than London!
They also have pre-made bias tapes!
The prices in Euros here are cheaper than some online shops from the US.
After my excitement with Nanucci, this store pales in comparison but I’m sure they have stuff you might need.
If you don’t have time for Lapjesmarkt or even wait for a Monday, it’s ok. The shops here have a better and bigger collection, are easily accessible and you don’t have to fight the crowds.
Some of the same fabrics sold at Albert Cupmarkt are cheaper than Lapjesmarkt although I wouldn’t dare say the same for all since there might be some available at Lapjesmarkt that isn’t available over here and some stalls at Lapjesmarkt do sell cheap fabrics as well.
My host didn’t recommend Lapjesmarkt to me, mostly because the fabrics are not so good and I have to agree.
Also I guess if you shop at Albert Cupmarkt, you can always take a break and find something to eat, buy flowers, food, fruit and even a new bike if you need. Or your partner can while you shop for fabrics. 😉