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The 12 best markets in Amsterdam

From vintage bargains to some seriously strong cheese, these are the best markets for a bit of browsing

Derek Robertson
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Derek Robertson

You know it and we know it, Amsterdam is a seriously cool place. And as effortless as it may seem, quite a lot goes into keeping this city so trendy. One of the things holding it down? That’s the never-ending rotation of incredible markets on offer, selling clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac and more, all over the city. 

With a coffee in hand, Amsterdam’s markets are the place to fill out your weekend city break dreams. Discover tiny trinkets and hidden gems, spend your Sundays switching up your style at a vintage market, or grab some of the best cheese around on a floating barge. Amsterdam has it all. Here are the best markets in Amsterdam, for all your achingly trendy needs. 

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Best markets in Amsterdam

Albert Cuyp Market (De Pijp)
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Franklin Heijnen

1. Albert Cuyp Market (De Pijp)

If you only visit one street market while you’re here, make it ‘the Cuyp’. Going since 1905, it’s a one-stop-shop for fresh meat, fish, fruit and veg, clothes, jewellery and just about everything else. It is well worth wandering simply to soak up the atmosphere. If you’re peckish, do try the roast chicken or herring; stroopwafels will do the trick for those with a sweet tooth. And make sure to hang out at the intersection between Albert Cuypstraat and Eerste van der Helststraat – it’s awash with cafés, bars and cool little boutiques.

Bloemenmarkt (Centre)
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Deborah Guber

2. Bloemenmarkt (Centre)

Tulips are synonymous with the Netherlands, and if a visit to Keukenhof is out of the question, Bloemenmarkt is the next best thing. The world’s only floating flower market consists of a huge number of stalls strung together on one of the centre’s longer canals, selling all manner of blooms. Tulip bulbs are an obvious gift, but you can also find roses, orchids, seeds and intricate bouquets for every occasion.

Waterlooplein (Centre)
Photograph: Courtesy Waterlooplein

3. Waterlooplein (Centre)

Originally known as the ‘Jewish market’ because of its location in the former Jewish district, this site has drawn stallholders since 1885. More than 300 now trade here, focusing on vintage clothes, cheap bric-à-brac and secondhand goods. Bargains are plentiful – particularly when it comes to bikes, antiques and jewellery – and you’ll find plenty of locals hanging around what’s thought to be the biggest and best flea market in Amsterdam.

Antiques Market (Centre)
Photograph: Courtesy Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

4. Antiques Market (Centre)

On Sundays from May to October, the site of Nieuwmarkt turns into a haven for budding Lovejoys. Ornaments, furniture and assorted bric-à-brac jostle for attention in stalls crammed full of curios, and there are plenty of vintage clothing vendors too. It’s not quite as eclectic as the Waterlooplein Market, but the standard of goods sold tends to be higher – you can dig out some dazzling period pieces here. The pace is also somewhat more relaxed, with a definite ‘Sunday vibe’ encouraging idle browsing.

Noordermarkt-Boerenmarkt (Jordaan)
Photograph: Courtesy Noodermarkt

5. Noordermarkt-Boerenmarkt (Jordaan)

A haven for foodies, Jordaan’s plush Noodermarkt showcases the region’s finest organic produce every Saturday. It’s not cheap, but everything here is of premium quality and utterly delicious. Check beforehand what’s in season – asparagus in May, mushrooms in October – or simply ask what’s good; stallholders are more than happy to advise. 

Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui (Centre)
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Franklin Heijnen

6. Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui (Centre)

Forget about dog-eared copies of old books no one cares about – Boekenmarkt is run by experts who know their stuff. Merchants travel from all over the country to man their stalls on Fridays, selling rare and out-of-print books, vintage maps and postcards, and hard-to-find periodicals. If you’re a collector or after something specific, ask around; chances are, somebody here can help. Or simply browse the beautifully organised stacks of books – they’re all killer, no filler. 

Lapjesmarkt (Jordaan)
Photograph: Courtesy Nichon Gleurum

7. Lapjesmarkt (Jordaan)

Vintage clothing will always have a certain cachet, and in Amsterdam, those in the know head to the Noodermarkt site every Monday morning for Lapjesmarkt. Really two markets in one, there is a clothing side – shoes, denim, leather and fur coats are just some of the delights on offer – and a craft market selling fabric, textiles, buttons, ribbons, yarn and anything else you might need to do a spot of sewing.

Nieuwmarkt (Centre)
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/mooste

8. Nieuwmarkt (Centre)

It might be smaller than Noordermarkt, but the quality is just as good at Nieuwmarkt. Farmers have been coming here, the site of an old city gate, since the 17th Century, and many still prefer it over its glitzier Jordaan rival. Ultra-fresh organic produce is on offer every Saturday – at wallet-friendlier prices – alongside a few flower and wine vendors. Don’t miss out on the freshly squeezed orange juice stall, and make sure to drop by the stand selling corn on the cob, boiled in front of you and slathered in rich, salty Dutch butter.

Ten Katemarkt (West)
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Carolina Georgatou

9. Ten Katemarkt (West)

This is where many Amsterdammers choose to do their grocery shopping. Food is obviously the real star here – great-value meat, fish, fruit and veg – but there are also stalls selling home essentials, clothes and electrical goods. Some decent cafés and an array of excellent restaurants can be found in and around the area.

IJ Hallen Flea Market (Noord)
Photograph: Courtesy Niels Brink

10. IJ Hallen Flea Market (Noord)

Held in a converted shipbuilding warehouse one weekend a month, this is the largest flea market of its kind in Europe. Anyone can rent one of the 500 stands, but the market has one simple rule: everything must be secondhand. For some, it’s a chance to offload whatever junk is clogging up their home, but there are plenty of vintage finds for the intrepid bargain hunter. It’s worth a trip for the free ferry ride from behind Centraal station alone.


Art markets may conjure images of tacky caricature drawings or the terrible paintings found on the walls of cheap hotels, but this Spui Square fixture is one for genuine art lovers. For more than 25 years, Dutch and international artists have showcased their paintings and sketches to in-the-know locals looking to pick up classy bargains. Sculptors, glass-smiths, jewellers and mixed media artists exhibit here, too, making it a fun way to while away a few hours (even if your baggage restrictions mean you can’t take all that much home). 

De Hallen (West)
Photograph: Courtesy Typhoon Hospitality

12. De Hallen (West)

Not strictly a market, this indoor street food mecca is still unmissable. Housed in a refurbished tram depot, the food truck-style stalls and bars that line the main hall offer cuisine from all over the world, from Mexican to sushi, BBQ to Italian. There’s plenty of seating, but if it’s nice out, many choose to get their food to go. Independent stores sit alongside the food hall, and there’s a multiscreen cinema next door if you want to make a day of it.

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