Amsterdam’s streets and squares are perfect for markets, so it’s no surprise to see that there are a number of them which run all year round. Whether you’re looking to pick up vintage clothes, plants and bulbs, books or local produce, you’ll find it among Amsterdam’s flea markets.
The original “flea market”, Waterlooplein Market was originally called “Vlooienburg” and the Dutch word for fleas is “vlooien”, which many believe is where the name comes from. Waterlooplein Market runs every Monday-Saturday and is the kind of place where you never know what you’ll find! Books, records, jewellery, arts and crafts, electronics and more, you’re sure to find something for you on one of Waterlooplein Market’s 300 stalls!
A tourist attraction in its own right, Bloemenmarkt is a floating flower market located in Singel. Running in all seasons, the market sells tulips and tulip bulbs as well as other plants and more. At Christmas time, the market even sells green Christmas trees. Everything that the market sells is ready for export, so you can pick up some rare, exotic bulbs from the market and take them home for your own garden if you like.
Amsterdam’s most famous market, and the largest outdoor market in Europe with over 300 stalls selling a mind-blowing array of goods at great prices.
Albert Cuypmarkt takes place Monday to Saturday all year-round in the De Pijp district and is the best place to pick up everything from clothes, shoes and crafts to fresh fruit and vegetables, traditional Dutch treats and more.
Marqt Farmer’s Market
A slight variation on the markets theme, Marqt is set inside a huge all-brick townhouse with a hall taking up the entire ground floor. This means that the market is suitable for all seasons and all weather, and won’t close early in the winter, which some other markets sometimes do. Almost everything on sale in Marqt is grown locally so is fresh and high quality, at reasonable prices. The market is open every day except Sunday, between 8am and 9pm. Be warned though, the market doesn’t accept cash, so have your card ready!
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The largest indoor market in Europe, De Bazaar hosts a number of markets inside where you can find Asian and Oriental goods, computers, fresh produce as well as other flea market staples.
The market is located in Beverwijk, just a short drive from Amsterdam and also accessible by public transport (the number 76 bus or by train), De Bazaar has over 2,000 stalls and shops and is visited by 60,000 people each weekend.
Ten Kate Market
Hidden away in a residential area of West Amsterdam, Ten Kate Market is just as popular with locals as the Albert Cuypmarkt, if not as big. As well as selling fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as traditional Dutch snacks and bites, you’ll also find a more varied and ethnic offering at this market, such as hummus sellers and other foreign food vendors.
If you’re a risk-taker or penny-pincher, then head to the market after 4pm, just before closing, for discounts on the remaining stock.
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