Markets in Amsterdam
Shopping in Amsterdam's colourful and lively markets is a great way to clinch a bargain while picking up a few Dutch souvenirs for your friends and family back home.
The city's market culture dates back to the early 18th century with the first stall set up in the Jewish Quarter in 1783. Today, there are 12 daily outdoor markets, 15 markets which are open one or two days of the week and several markets which are open seasonally. Most are open during normal shopping hours so weather permitting, you can shop to your hearts content. Of course while you are pursuing through the items, always keep your eye on your belongings, as markets are every pick-pocketers paradise.
There are some great markets to choose, set mostly in the centre of town. Whatever you are into, you are most likely to find it at one of the many markets- whether its general domestic appliances and other household goods or speciality produce such as cheeses or bread. All items are individually priced but if you are really daring, go down to the Waterlooplein Flea Market, one of the few markets in Amsterdam where haggling is commonplace, for your flowers or plants visit the Flower Market – Bloemenmarkt, and for your biological food check the Farmer’s market - Boerenmarkt (on Noordermarkt).
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The most known Amsterdam's markets are:
Elandsgracht 109, 1016 TT Amsterdam
Furniture, jewelry, silverware, collectables.
Open each day of the week except Tuesday: 11am – 6pm,
on weekends:10am – 5pm
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280, 1012 RL Amsterdam
stamps, coins, old postcards, commemorative medals
Wednesday & Saturday 10am – 4pm
Westerstraat, 1015 ML Amsterdam
Clothes and shoes, textiles, small objects, general goods.
Monday 9am - 13pm
Singel 630 to 600, 1017 AZ Amsterdam
Flowers, seeds, bulbs and rare flowers
Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Waterlooplein, 1011 PG Amsterdam
second-hand clothes, curiosa
Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm, Sat: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Het Spui, 1012 WZ Amsterdam
books, cards, maps, engravings
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Albert Cuypstraat, 1072 CN Amsterdam
General goods, food produce, exotic herbs and spices
Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Spui Plein, 1012 WZ Amsterdam
Original prints, small oil paintings
Sunday 10am – 5pm (not in winter)
Noordermarkt, 1015 MV Amsterdam
organic food, fruit, mushrooms, cheese, snacks
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Monday: 9am - 1pm
Dapperstraat, 1093 BT Amsterdam
Clothes, food, general goods
Monday - Saturday 9am - 4pm
Lindengracht, 1015 KJ Amsterdam
food, general goods, bicycles and bicycle parts, shoes
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Overtoom 21-25, 1054 HD Amsterdam
organic food, fruit, bread, cheese, wines
each day of the week except Friday: 11am – 5pm
Nieuwmarkt, 1012 CR Amsterdam
organic food, antiques, ornaments, clothes.
Farmer's market Saturdays 9am - 5pm
Antiques May-Oct 9am - 5pm
T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam
Go treasure hunting at the biggest flea market in Europe.