Markets of Amsterdam
Do you love strolling through markets, peeking at the merchandise and curiosities in stalls and searching for that special bargain or little treasure? These are Amsterdam’s best markets:
Albert Cuyp Market
The absolute number one is the ‘Albert Cuyp’ market in the district ‘De Pijp’. It is the largest outdoor market in Europe. You can find anything from tropical fruit and fish to books and electronics here. The vendors are well known for their typical Amsterdam humor, which you probably won’t escape from. The Albert Cuyp market is open every day of the week except Sundays.
The best flea market in town is located behind the ‘Stopera’ in Amsterdam. ‘Waterlooplein’ (Waterloo Square) is a flea market where you’ll find old records, old photographs, vintage clothes, secondhand sunglasses and many fun curiosities. The Waterloo market is open every day of the week except Sundays.
Floating Flower Market
Along a part of the canal ‘Singel’ is the famous flower market. All the flowers and other merchandise are displayed on floating barges. Daily fresh flowers are brought in from the surrounding horticultural areas. Most tourists buy tulip bulbs for back home or typical Dutch souvenirs at one of the many souvenir shops opposite the market. The floating flower market is open every day of the week.
The ‘Noordermarkt’ is the neighborhood market ‘Jordaan’. The market is a mixture of a flea-, antiques-, ecological- and biological market. The atmosphere is always very relaxed. You can visit the Noordermarkt only on Mondays and Saturdays.
Black Market The Bazaar
The largest indoor market in Europe is the Bazaar. It is a black market where you can find absolutely everything from furniture and electronics to fashion and cosmetics. Wandering through the Oriental Market it’s like you’re actually in the Middle East.
The Bazaar is just outside Amsterdam in the town of Beverwijk. You can get there by taking a boat behind Amsterdam Central Station. The Bazaar is open every day of the week.
Once a year, on the national holiday Queen’s Day, thousands of free markets are held throughout the Netherlands. The most popular free market is held in Amsterdam in the city park ‘Vondelpark’. If you are in Holland on April 30 you should definitely have a look.