Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)
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Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)

For all things colourful, flowery and floating, this market is a right of passage in Amsterdam

Derek Robertson

Time Out says

What is Bloemenmarkt?

Calmness pervades Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market. The barges that make up the market overflow with tulips, daffodils, and all sorts of bulbs, and sell to locals and business owners as mich as tourists. 

Is it worth visiting?

The flower market is pretty much a right of passage when in Amsterdam. Located right in the centre, just a stone’s throw from Muntplein, this colourful, picturesque beauty dates back to 1862 and remains just as important to the city. 

What are the prices like and what should I buy?

So popular are the tulips in this city that they have their own festival and a museum dedicated to them. An endless variety of both bulbs and fresh flowers (in season) can be bought here. Prices are very reasonable for what you’re buying – there’s very little gouging or profiteering going on here (the number of locals who buy here is testament to the value that can be found). 

What’s worth visiting nearby?

Ignore Rokin, Kalverstraat, and the overcrowded main shopping streets, and instead head south to Herengracht. One of the city’s prettiest canals, a wander along this ring will reveal an endless aray of cool boutiques, cafes and bars.

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Singel, between Muntplein and Koningsplein, Southern Canal Belt
Tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25
No credit cards
Opening hours:
Open 9am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5.30pm Sun
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