Want to get a feel for local culture? Keep reading for our recommendations on the best of Amsterdam’s markets.
Visiting Amsterdam’s markets is a great way to get a feel for Dutch culture. Amsterdam is home to many markets – from farmer’s markets to flea markets to flower markets, you can find anything and everything. Amsterdam’s markets are definitely on our list of must-see places! Whether you’re looking to taste delicious Dutch food, pick up some tulip bulbs to take home, or rummage for that hidden gem, you’ll find it all in Amsterdam’s markets. Which markets should you visit? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite of Amsterdam’s markets below, so you know the best places to go!
Albert Cuypmarkt is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Amsterdam! The most well-known of Amsterdam’s markets, Albert Cuypmarkt is the largest daily outdoor market in Europe. You can find everything at this street market: flowers, fruit, cheeses, clothing, antiques, and more! Albert Cuypmarkt is open every day except Sundays. It can get quite crowded, especially on Saturdays, so try to go earlier in the day or during the week so that you’re not overwhelmed!
Interested in trying some traditional Dutch street food? You’ll find some of our favorites at Albert Cuypmarkt: visit Vlaardingse Haringhandel for delicious herring, Original Stroopwafels for stroopwafels, and the Poffertjes stand for, yup, poffertjes. (Want some more recommendations on Dutch street food? Check out our article HERE!)
Bloemenmarkt, the Floating Flower Market
Bloemenmarkt is the only floating flower market in the world! It floats on the Singel Canal, and we definitely recommend taking a trip here, even if just to admire the beauty of it – it’s one of our must-see places in Amsterdam! All flowers are brought in fresh, daily, and displayed in floating barges along the canal. Bloemenmarkt is open every day of the week. You can buy flowers in bouquets, bulbs, or seeds. There are lots of interesting (and even rare) flowers for sale at Bloemenmarkt, but we recommend going for your classic Dutch tulips. Pro tip: if you plan on buying bulbs to bring home, make sure you can legally bring them into your country! The sellers can help you figure this out.
Looking to cook yourself a delicious meal, or need some snacks to get you through the day? Look no further! Noordermarkt is a smaller market located in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam. Mainly a farmer’s market, Noordermarkt sells top-quality organic fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and more. Seriously, this market is famous for its organic food (especially mushrooms!), and people come from all over Amsterdam to do their grocery shopping here. You’ll also find sellers offering antiques, flea market-style. Treat yourself to some delicious poffertjes while you’re there! Noordermarkt is open every Saturday.
Rembrandt Art Market
Looking to buy some local art? You have to check out the Rembrandt Art Market! Located in Rembrandtplein, the Rembrandt Art Market is open every Sunday from mid-March until the end of October. Here, you’ll find an outdoor art exhibition displaying pieces by local artists. Shop around for handmade goods, paintings, drawings, and jewelry. Prices here are not as high as if you were to buy from a gallery making this one of the best places to go to find original art – you can deal directly with the artists themselves, and they may even give you a good deal if you buy multiple pieces!
Waterlooplein is the oldest market in not only Amsterdam but in all of the Netherlands! This world-famous flea market is open Monday – Saturday. Waterlooplein Market is the ultimate flea market, with over 300 stalls full of vintage and second-hand clothes, antiques, leather goods and more: it’s one of the best places to go to get your vintage fix! A flea market-lovers paradise, make sure you set aside a few hours so you can rummage through the goods – you never know what hidden gems you might find! And don’t forget: haggling is totally acceptable at Waterlooplein Market, so don’t be afraid to try it! Hungry? Visit one of the nearby food trucks to grab some delicious snacks to munch on while you shop.
Boekenmarkt op het Spui
Bookworm? You have to check out Boekenmarkt, located on the Spui! Merchants come from all over the Netherlands to sell out-of-print books, periodicals, antique maps, and more. These books are typically rare finds and hard to come by, so don’t be surprised if they are a bit more expensive than what you might find at your average flea market. And don’t worry – you’ll not only find books in Dutch but in English and other common languages as well! Looking for something specific? These merchants know their stuff, so they’ll be able to give you the best advice and recommendations.
So there you go – some of the best of Amsterdam’s markets! Looking for more cool things to do in Amsterdam that is also budget-friendly? Check out our guide to Free Things to do in Amsterdam! Or visiting Tel Aviv and interested in getting a classic Israeli market experience? Check out our article on the best Tel Aviv markets to find out the top places to go! And when in doubt, chat with Gooster, your personal travel buddy, directly through Facebook Messenger for more travel tips, tricks, must-see places, and recommendations. Happy travels!