Markets Amsterdam: our all-time-favorites-list!

Markets Amsterdam: our all-time-favorites-list!

If you don’t like shopping, please don’t leave this page! I promise, even YOU will enjoy shopping at one of the following places! Of course, as the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a paradise for shopaholics. All the big, famous (and expensive ) clothing labels are represented, allowing you to spend hours in the central areas of the city. However, for some people, this kind of shopping isn’t your scene. Then why not head to one of our many outdoor markets? Full of amazing deals, opportunities to connect with locals and free samples of traditional Dutch food. Visiting a market during your stay here is a must!

Our list of outdoor markets Amsterdam that you do not want to miss!

#1 The Floating Flower Markets Amsterdam (Bloemenmarkt)

Being the only floating flower market in the world (meaning all the flower stalls stand on houseboats), it is no surprise that it is one of Amsterdam’s major tourist attractions. It gets its name for originally all the plants and flowers were brought to the market by boats from outside of town. Besides the large variety of flowers in all kinds of colors (even black tulips!), there are also stalls with typical souvenirs. We as staff would say it is well worth a visit. However, as it is largely touristic maybe don’t spend too much time here.

The history surrounding the market is very fascinating. For example, the Singel canal, which the flower market is built upon, once encircled the whole city. It served as a moat to defend the city of Amsterdam until 1585. Along it stands national monuments, with one of them being house number 7. There are rumors that this is the narrowest house in the world! Aside from the monuments, you can also find the oldest and widest bridge in Amsterdam.

Address: Singel 1012 DH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 9:00-17:30. Sunday: 11:30-17:30

Markets Amsterdam #2: Waterloopleinmarkt

Full of history as well as displaying Amsterdam’s modern culture, Waterlooplein is a great place to visit. If you’re interested in strolling through a flea market, attending the opera, or seeing the history of Jews in Amsterdam, Waterlooplein has all that and more! Waterlooplein is home to a variety of different attractions, with the famous Waterlooplein Flea Market being located right in the middle. The booths that line the street are filled with clothes, jewelry, food, art, and of course music, giving you a great sense of Amsterdam’s culture and history. As staff and long-term residents in Amsterdam, we think this market is busy, crazy, colorful and representative of everything Amsterdam stands for. You can also go to the Dutch National Opera and Ballet and indulge in an array of artistic performances. Lastly, don’t forget to just stop and admire the beautiful view of the houseboats along the Amstel River!

History of Waterlooplein

From 1893-1941 it was home to the biggest and most important Jewish market in Amsterdam. Sadly, however, in 1941 the persecution of Jews was in full swing, and the thriving Jewish market was shut down. Now it displays the memorial of the Jewish resistance fighters. Shortly after the Second World War, a market was reborn as The Waterloopein Flea Market. This new market was eventually expanded during 1977-1984, giving the market its modern and more accessible vibe. With around 300 stands you can buy anything from clothing and accessories to general bric-a-brac.

Address: Waterlooplein 2, 1011 NZ Amsterdam
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9:30 – 18:00

#3 Albert Cuypmarket

There is no better place to experience the diverse culture of Amsterdam than strolling through the Albert Cuyp Market. Being the most popular street market in the Netherlands and the largest daily market in Europe, it is no wonder that the Albert Cuyp Market has thrived for more than 100 years. If you’re in Amsterdam and a fan of markets, don’t skip this one!

History of the Albert Cuypmarket

Located in the neighborhood of Amsterdam known as “de Pijp”, the Albert Cuyp market began in 1905 as a collection of street vendors along Albert Cuyp Straat. Originally only on Saturdays, the Albert Cuyp Market began running on all working days in 1912. The market now boasts over 260 vendors and is the largest street market in the Netherlands. It offers visitors the chance to shop for everything from fresh fruits and veggies to fashionable clothing and jewelry. Like most markets Amsterdam, you can stop and sample some of the best local food, including freshly-pressed stroopwafels, Gouda cheese and – of course – POFFERTJES! (mini pancakes.) We would really recommend this for all market lovers!

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Opening times: Monday- Saturday: 9:00-17:00

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#4 IJ-Hallen

Once a month, almost all of Amsterdam boards the ferry behind Centraal Station and streams towards the IJ-Hallen in Amsterdam North (the site of the biggest flea market in Europe!) Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s second hand clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry or furniture, you will find it there! There is a small entrance price of five euros but don’t let that put you off going! This market is huge, with an impressive 750 stands inside and even more outside, so it is likely you will find what you’re looking for and the prices are very low. We recommend giving yourself plenty of time here in order to see everything. The best way to get to this fantastic Flea Market is to take the free ferry 906 from behind Centraal Station and get off at NDSM-Wharf. Go and enjoy this market!

Address: T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam-Noord
Opening times: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 – 16:30 once a month

#5 Nieuwmarket

This buzzing market square, located only fifteen minutes away from Centraal Station by foot and near to our Shelter City hostel, is a must see during your stay here. During the week there are just a few stands selling cheese and flowers, however, on the weekend the square comes alive, displaying a whole host of stalls. Every Saturday there is a farmer’s market selling organic fruits and vegetables and every Sunday from May until October there is an antique market selling a range of vintage items. Don’t miss out on this unique market!

This lively market square also has a history, being a central point for trading and socialising since the 17th century. It’s location just outside the city centre made it an attractive spot for ordinary people and merchants shopping for fresh goods. While the market lives on today, it is fair to say that the biggest attraction of Nieuwmarket is the vast number of cafes, restaurants and bars that surround it. With Amsterdam’s Chinatown just around the corner, there are a range of places to dine at!

Address: Nieuwmarket, 1012 CR, Amsterdam
Opening times: 10:00-17:00

If you visit one of the Amsterdam markets in the Jordaan, don’t forget to drop by at Cafe Winkel. They have the best apple pie in town!

#6 Markets Amsterdam in the Jordaan

Originally an overcrowded and poor area for the working class, the Jordaan area is now the artist district with many cosy cafés and bars. In this beautiful area, where the Shelter Jordan is located, you can find a market on almost every day of the week. The following three are the biggest and in our opinion the nicest ones.

Firstly, there is the Lindengracht market. Selling all the usual’s such as fruits, vegetables, cheese and fish, this market also sells more unusual items like bikes and clothes. Covering more than 900 metres from one end of the street to the other and selling fresh stroopwafels and fruit juice, it would be a shame to miss out!

Then there’s the Westermarkt. This market is slightly more unique in that it mainly sells textiles, vintage clothes and shoes. Also selling smaller goods such as books and CD’s, this market appeals to those looking for more specific items.

Finally, we would recommend the Noordermarket. Surrounding the beautiful and historic Noorderkerk, there is a small flea market selling second-hand goods and antiques every Monday. Also, on Saturday’s there is a farmer’s market, so popular that a book has been published about it. There you can buy a variety of foods from vegetables to waffles but also jewelry and crafts. After visiting this market, we would recommend sitting in Café Winkel, which undoubtedly sells the best apple pie in Amsterdam.

Lindengracht market:
Address: Lindengracht, 1015 GR, Amsterdam
Opening times: Saturday 9:00-16:00

Address: Westerstraat, 1015 ML, Amsterdam
Opening times: Monday morning: 9.00 – 13:00

Address: Noordermarkt 1015 NA, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Saturday 9:00 – 16.00. Monday morning 9:00 – 13:00

#7 Rembrandtplein Art Market

In honour of Rembrandt (for all who don’t know he was a very famous artist from Amsterdam), every Sunday from March until October, local artists exhibit and sell their paintings at Rembrandtplein. From modern one- of- a-kind- art, to more internationally known pieces, this market should not be skipped! Aside from paintings you can find other kinds of crafts such as jewelry and buy from the artist directly, gaining a unique insight into the mind behind the work. Entrance to this market is free and the art work is not too expensive, so there is no excuse not to go!

This square also has a 3D version of Rembrandt’s painting “The Night Watch” and is bursting with activity from local cafes and bars. As Rembrandtplein is one of the “must-sees” in Amsterdam anyway, why not go there on a Sunday to see the different paintings and creativity of the artists.

Address: Rembrandtplein 1017 CV, Amsterdam
Opening times: Sunday from March to October: 10:30-18:00

#8 Ten Katemarkt

In the cosy, old west section of Amsterdam, in a small shopping street, you can find the Ten Katenmarkt. Here you will find stalls selling goods such as cheese, wine, flowers, clothing, and other fabrics. Attracting thousands of visitors because of its very convenient and scenic location, this century-old historical market should not be missed out on. Compared to the other more well-known markets in Amsterdam, this one is not very large, housing a mere 130 stalls. That said, its small character is appealing to many for it can be seen in around 30 minutes, allowing you to cram even more into your visit! Being less central and therefore touristic, this market gives you a great sense of what a real market in Amsterdam looks, tastes and smells like. Offering not only typical Dutch food but also an array of other cuisines, this market deserves your time!

Address: Ten Katestraat 42, 1053 CG Amsterdam
Opening times: Monday- Saturday 9:00- 18:00

#9 Book market Spui (de boekenmarkt op het spui)

The boekenmarkt, located on a small square known as the Spui, manages to accommodate booksellers from all over the Netherlands! From photography, popular art and comics to normal fiction, history, maps and posters, this less well known, but nonetheless appealing market can cater for all sorts of people! While many of the books are written in Dutch, you can also find quite a few in English, German or French. If you are looking to collect a specific book, why not chat to one of the merchants. Chances are they will have it stored away back home and can bring it the following week or post it directly to you!

Aside from the book market, this square is full of other independent book stores, making it a paradise for all who love to read. The Spui also has a lot of history, providing the entry to the Begijnhof, a medieval courtyard that housed unmarried religious women in the 14th century. It is fair to say then that this square should not be missed!

Address: Het Spui, 1012 WZ Amsterdam
Opening times: Friday 10:00 -18:00

#10 Dappermarkt

Only a five minute walk from the Tropenmuseum, and just fifteen minutes’ walk from the Waterlooplein Flea Market, you will find the Dappermarkt. Selling lots of fresh products, exotic food and other small goods, this market is a fantastic place to meet locals and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Being a low cost area in Amsterdam, it is appealing for those from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, giving it its enthusiastic and energetic vibe, displaying the internationality of the city. It is a relatively small market, only spanning the length of one street, the Dapperstraat in Amsterdam East, however this should not be the reason you don’t want to visit. With most products being sold for one euro and around 250 stands to look at, this market offers something more unique. From time to time the market also has special events or live music, meaning you should not miss out!

Address: Dapperstraat, 1093 BS Amsterdam
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 17:00

We hope that our favorite markets Amsterdam will soon be yours as well! If you decide to stay with us, we can’t wait to meet you!

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