Aside from cafes, canals and cycling, Amsterdam also boasts a rich culture of bustling markets with vibrant colours, sounds and smells, where visitors can pick up a range of beautiful items. The city’s longstanding market culture originates from 1783, when the first recorded stall was set up in the Jewish Quarter. There are now approximately 30 daily and weekly markets which have sprung up around the city. Here we explore six of our Chic favourites, perfect for a spot of boutique shopping.
Bloomenmarkt is famous for being the only floating flower market in the world, stocking a range of colourful potted and bunched flowers, seeds and bulbs. Dating back to 1862, the Bloomenmarkt is open all year round, and can be found on the River Amstel in the heart of Amsterdam.
Located near the Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam, the Ten Katemarkt hosts over 50 stalls each selling a variety of wares, ranging from clothing to technology. Ten Katemarkt is best known for its range of local produce, including fruit, vegetables and freshly-caught fish.
Lapjesmarkt & Vintage Clothing
This is a gorgeous fabric market which only opens on Monday mornings. It’s well worth getting up for though, as not only does it host a range of beautiful fabrics but it also has a fantastic selection of clothes- both vintage and new. Perfect for a stylish wardrobe refresh. It also very conveniently located next to the Monday morning fleamarket in Noordermarkt so you can combine them both in one trip.
Every Saturday Noordermarkt plays host to one of the largest farmers’ markets in Amsterdam, specialising in locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables. Just outside the market, you’ll also find Westerstraat, one of the city’s bar and café hotspots, where you’ll be able to stop for a drink after browsing the stalls.
IJ-Hallen Flea Market
A monthly market, normally held on the first weekend of the month, IJ-Hallen is one of the largest flea markets you’ll find in Europe. During this weekend, you’ll be able to browse over 750 stalls, selling all kinds of second-hand goods and antiquities including clothing, jewellery, furniture and books. Located within two industrial warehouses, the market is just a short ride from Amsterdam Central.
Albert Cuyp Market
This market began trading in 1904 and now has over 300 stalls and is open every day of the week apart from Sundays. Visitors will find a range of goods: from fruit and fish to spices and bedclothes. We advise going there hungry, as there are many great street food options to sample.