Amsterdam’s Best Markets: A Shopper’s Paradise

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Amsterdam is a city where a market enthusiast’s dreams come true. From bustling flea markets to quaint farmer’s markets, the city offers a treasure trove of unique finds and local delights. Whether you’re on the hunt for vintage clothing, artisanal crafts, or fresh produce, Amsterdam’s markets have more than enough to satisfy your desires. Our guides here at Hungry Birds Street Food Tours have learned a lot about the city while guiding expert lead walking food tours through Amsterdam. Let’s dive into the best markets in the city where you can shop till you drop and totally eat your heart out.

 

1. Albert Cuyp Market

This market is located in the vibrant De Pijp neighborhood, where Hungry Birds Street Food Tours can take you on their Original Experience. The Albert Cuyp Market is Amsterdam’s largest and most famous street market. With over 260 stalls, it has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1905.

           What to Find: Fresh produce, flowers, clothing, electronics, and Dutch snacks like stroopwafels and herring. This market has everything you can think of.

           When to Visit: Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

           Insider Tip: Arrive early to avoid the crowds. Arrive late to get the best deals on produce.

 

2. Waterlooplein Flea Market

The Waterlooplein Flea Market is one of the oldest flea markets in the Netherlands, dating back to 1885. Situated near the Rembrandt House Museum, this market is a haven for vintage enthusiasts and bargain hunters.

               What to Find: Antiques, vintage clothing, books, records, and quirky collectibles. You will really find one of a kind items here!

           When to Visit: Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

           Insider Tip: You can haggle with the vendors for the best prices—it’s part of the experience! But please keep in mind, haggling is not normal at every market and make sure to always be respectful and kind.

 

3. Noordermarkt

Nestled in the picturesque Jordaan district, Noordermarkt is a weekend market where you will find great food and atmosphere on Saturdays to a bustling flea market on Monday (morning).

           What to Find: Fresh produce (local and imported,) homemade goods, antiques, jewelry, and art.

           When to Visit: Saturdays for the farmer’s market from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Mondays for the flea market from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

           Insider Tip: Don’t miss the freshly baked apple pie at the iconic café, Winkel 43. You can find it at the end of the market near the canal!

 

4. Ten Katemarkt

Located in the Oud-West neighborhood, the Ten Katemarkt is a local favorite. It’s smaller and less touristy than other markets, offering a more authentic shopping experience. You won’t find many souvenir shops here, just real people doing their real shopping!

           What to Find: Fresh produce, flowers, and ethnic foods.

           When to Visit: Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

           Insider Tip: Explore the adjacent De Hallen for more food stalls, pop-up shops, and a unique cinema.

 

5. Dappermarkt

Situated in the multicultural Dapperbuurt district in Amsterdam East (Oost,) the Dappermarkt is known for its diverse range of products and affordable prices. It’s been recognized as one of the top ten markets in the world by National Geographic.

           What to Find: Fresh produce, spices, clothing, and international cuisine.

           When to Visit: Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

           Insider Tip: Sample the Surinamese and Indonesian street food for a delicious treat.

 

 

Amsterdam’s markets offer a shopping experience like no other. Whether you’re seeking fresh local produce, unique souvenirs, or vintage treasures, there’s a market for you. So, next time you find yourself in Amsterdam, make sure to explore these vibrant markets and immerse yourself in the city’s rich and diverse culture. Make sure to join a Hungry Birds Street Food Tour to find all the best local treats that these markets have to offer! Book here

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