Ten of Amsterdam’s Top Markets: From Open Air Street to Bric-a-Brac, Art & Books


Amsterdam is crawling with markets, some of the more interesting ones you’ll come across in Europe. Take a meander through a list of markets you can explore when you’re next heading to the Netherlands. It may entice you so much, you may have to just book a flight. Get visual with us.

Bloemenmarkt: This is Amsterdam’s famous floating flower market, the only one of its kind in the world (the stalls are indeed “floating” on houseboats, but they are semi-permanent fixtures now). It caters to tourists, who flock to see thousands of blooms of every color and buy Dutch bulbs to take home.

Location: Singel, between Koningsplein and Muntplein (Central Canal Belt)
Open: Year-round, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  

Albert Cuyp Market:  The 100-year-old, open-air street market (the city’s largest) features nearly 300 vendors selling everything from fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, spices, chocolate, cheese, flowers and plants to clothes, jewelry, shoes, bike accessories, bedding, fabrics and cosmetics — basically, everything but the kitchen sink (but there are parts and gadgets for the kitchen sink). Prices are dirt-cheap, but product quality often reflects this, so beware. Flowers are less expensive here than at the famous Bloemenmarkt.

Location: Albert Cuypstraat (in De Pijp neighborhood)
Open: Year-round, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Waterlooplein Flea Market: Amsterdam’s largest flea market is like 200 garage sales going on at once — and the “neighborhood” is home to the posh and the tacky. It’s easy to browse for hours in the maze of second-hand clothes, African drums, tie-dye shirts, antique rugs and furniture and bric-a-brac of all kinds. Unlike most markets in Amsterdam, bargaining isn’t necessarily frowned upon here.

Location: Waterlooplein (near Stadhuis-Muziektheater complex)
Open: Year-round, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Spui Book MarketBibliophiles will marvel at the endless tables and tents of this used and antique book market. Dealer collections run the gamut from biography, literature, poetry and fantasy-fiction to art, history, psychology and geography. While most books are from the Netherlands, some English and international titles are for sale, as well as antique maps, prints and records.

Location: Spui (between Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal)
Open: Year-round, Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Noordermarkt Flea Market: Wares at this popular market range from tote bags made from old World War II army gear to fine Asian antiques. Die-hard flea-market shoppers get here quite early, especially on Mondays.

Location: Noordermarkt (next to the Noorderkerk in the Jordaan)
Open: Year-round, Mondays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Antiekmarkt Nieuwmarkt: If you’re frustrated by Amsterdam stores closed on Sundays, get your shopping fix at this popular antique and flea market.

Location: Nieuwmarkt (in the Old City Center)
Open: May – October, Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Boerenmarkt on Noordermarkt: Alongside the popular flea market on Noordermarkt is one of Amsterdam’s biggestbiologische (organic) farmers’ markets. Local and regional growers sell fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, while organic bakers offer all-natural breads, cookies and pastries. There are even stalls dedicated to organic olive oils, whole grains and various spice pestos. All these ingredients make for a beautiful, bustling display of color and smells. It’s a must if you’re in the Jordaan on a Saturday.

Location: Noordermarkt (next to the Noorderkerk in the Jordaan)
Open: Year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Boerenmarkt on Nieuwmarkt: Much like its Jordaan cousin, this city-center farmers’ market boasts mostly organic fare in the shadow of De Waag, a stunning, medieval building that once served as Amsterdam’s gate house and then a weigh house (it’s now a café). This market feels more spacious than the Noordermarkt one, although the areas surrounding the square are quite touristy.

Location: Nieuwmarkt (in the Old City Center)
Open: Year-round, Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Spui Art Market: Also known as “Art Plein Spui,” this favorite Amsterdam market in the heart of the city showcases the work of up to 25 professional artists (from a rotating group of 60), whose media include everything from oil, acrylic, watercolor and etching to photography, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry.

Location: Spui (between Kalverstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal)
Open: March – December, Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Thorbeckeplein Modern Art Market: Paintings are the features of this Eastern Canal Belt market, which caters to those who prefer an abstract or modern look.

 Flower photo credit: sunflowers (flickr random), tulips: nl.dreamstime.com. Flea market with shoes: wardrobeblock.com. Art is random flickr.

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