Markets in Amsterdam
The history of the Amsterdam markets goes back more than 100 years. The first market opened in 1783 in the Jewish quarter. The government forced it to move to its current location at the Waterlooplein. World War II caused the market to close and although it was restored after the war, it never regained its original flare. Nowadays, it is still one of the best known flea markets in the city and very popular with both locals and tourists.
However, Amsterdam, has much more to offer when it comes to markets. With over 11 permanent markets, some specializing in antiques, books, coins and flowers, you are sure to find something to bring home.
The city's---and the country's---largest market. There's little you can't find here, whether you're interested in freshly caught herring, schmaltzy souvenirs, underwear galore, or even erotic chocolates. Check out the restaurants along Albert Cuypstraat, behind the stalls, for great deals on cheap, tasty food from around the world.
Albert Cuypstraat, Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm.
If you're looking to get a glimpse of Amsterdam's Middle Eastern and North African communities, stop by the Dappermarkt and sort through piles of useful, useless, and staggeringly cheap stuff. Offering everything from pharmaceuticals and stockings to fresh fruit and peanuts, it's worth the trek if you're on the hunt for a bargain. Dapperstraat: Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm.
Sunday Art Markets
The Thorbeckeplein and Spui are home to wonderful art markets, where various artists present and sell their work. If you want to bring home affordable art from Dutch origin, this is your change. Weather permitting, the market on Thorbeckeplein is held from April to October, the market on Spui from April to November.
Browse the markets in Amsterdam for any book. Every Friday from 10am ?6pm there is a book market at the Spui. At the Oudemanhuispoort is a very extensive book market, open from 11am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
Every Saturday from 9am-5pm, the Nieuwmarkt is home to a farmers market,
where anything organic can be found in a wonderful atmosphere.
The Singel canal in Amsterdam is home to the Flower Market, a must see for every visitor and Amsterdammer. It is open daily from 8am-8pm.
This well-known market in the Jordaan is home to several markets. on Saturdays, you can get high quality organic produce at the fruit and vegetables market (9am-5pm). on Mondays, from 9am-1pm, the market is changed into a more general market, where you will find wonderful home goods, clothes, fabrics and much more. This market is very popular with the locals.
If you are interested in stamps, you will surely like to pay a visit to the ?Postzegelmarkt? at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. It is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.
De Looier antiques market is one of the most popular markets in Amsterdam for both locals and tourists. It is held every day on the Elandsgracht and worth a visit if you are hunting for that special antique piece, just want to browse a bit, or maybe find a true bargain. Open Monday-Wednesday 11am-5pm, on Thursday from 11am-9pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm.
If you want to see a bit of everything, the market at Looiersgracht (open daily from 11am-5pm) is the place to be. Located in the Jordaan area, you will find almost anything at this general market with its special atmosphere.
The oldest market in Amsterdam is the Waterlooplein market. Immensely popular with both locals and tourists, this market sells clothing, furniture, collector?s items, accessories, household items, music and much more. Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm.