Strolling around on a local street market in Amsterdam will get you that authentic feeling you need whilst visiting a foreign country.
Also expats and other foreigners who live in Amsterdam may enjoy discovering an unknown market.
Almost every neighbourhood in Amsterdam has its local market.
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Centre of town
Organic food market
On the Nieuwmarkt you will find an organic food market with organic local produce such as vegetables, bread and pastry.
Every Saturday from 9.00 to 16.00.
Spui Art Market
Near Begijnhof on the Spui square is a small open air exhibition where Dutch and international professional artists show their work.
You will find paintings in oil and acrylics, water colours, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery at this art market.
Art Plein Spui offers the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, without galleries or museums being involved.
Vintage & second hand clothes @ Waterlo0plein market
The Waterloo square (Waterlooplein) has even been honoured in a famous Amsterdam song in the melody of Aux Champs-Elysees and it deserves it.
The Waterlooplein hosts not only a bric-a-brac kinda flea market (including furniture) but also lots of new (cheap) second hand clothing.
Waterloo Square Market is closed on Sundays.
Artists show their work at Rembrandtplein every Sunday.
My personal favourite: a roofed book market in the wonderful passageway Oudemanhuispoort (old men house gate).
The name refers to the history of the surrounding historic buildings, which used to be guest houses for the elderly.
After 6 p.m. the booksellers lock up their books in the special cabinets inside the passage, which have been created for exactly this purpose in 1857. Old men have always been interested in old books, I guess.
The buildings are now all used by the university of Amsterdam, so lots of students around here.
Check out this area, it’s near Nieuwmarkt and the red light district as well.
Open every day.
Also on Spui is a book market. Find books about art, photography, old maps and prints. Fridays.
Charming and small market, hidden from sight but still right in the centre is the obscure stamp market, where collectors can find all kinds of rare stamps, unusual coins and old postcards.
Wednesday and Saturday till 16.00. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 276, near Dam.
Antiques on Elandsgracht
Antiques don’t handle the Dutch humidity very well, so the Amsterdam antique market at Elandsgracht is inside. They specialize in furniture, jewellery, silverware and collectables.
De Looier is located at Elandsgracht 109, not far from Leidseplein. Closes at 17.00. Friday closed all day.
Outside the centre
A rather large market, specialized in textiles and clothing and household goods is in the Amsterdam Jordaan Quarter on Westerstraat.
Be ware: only open on Monday morning.
Second hand clothing, vintage, organic food
Following the Westerstraat market, or better yet, skip the Westerstraat market and go directly to Noordermarket, a small square around a church.
Check out lots of great second hand clothing, cheap new clothing, vintage clothes, furniture, second hand shoes.
Also organic food like fresh fruits, cheese, cakes and snacks to enjoy on the spot. Only on Monday mornings. Come early, tends to overcrowd with fashionable locals.
Take tram 3 or 10 from Leidseplein.
Lindengracht, Jordaan, Saturdays
Also in the Jordaan Quarter, just one street parallel to Westerstraat, locals shop on Lindengracht market.
The market is similar to the Monday Morning Market on Westerstraat.
Goods for sales include clothes and organic produce and flowers.
Only on Saturday, till 16.00.
General goods, food & flowers at the Pijp
The neighbourhood of the Pijp is definitely an area to explore, with lots of bars ranging from low key to very fashionable and places for lunch and diner. Near a nice park as well.
The Albert Cuyp market, famous for being ‘typically Amsterdam’, offers all the stuff and food you can possibly think of.
Every day, except Sunday. Take tram 16, 20, 24 or 25 or take a 20 minute walk from Museum square.
Exotic food and cheap goods
In the East of Amsterdam, Dappermarkt sits proud on its award of Best market of the Netherlands in 2007 and 2008. It’s special because it is extremely cheap and very multicultural.
People from all over the world, like (the former Dutch colony of) Suriname, Africa, (the former Dutch colony of) Indonesia and Eastern Europe who live in the area, shop here to find the products they are familiar with.
Open every day till 16.00, except Sundays. Take tram 9 or 14.
Art, fashion, design
Every first Sunday of the month, at Cultural Park Westergasfabriek, artists present their own art, fashion and design products.
At the Sunday Market. Lovely surroundings when the weather is nice. Can get quite busy.
From 12 to 6.
Foods and goods at Ten Katemarkt
The most popular market in the neighbourhood of old west (Amsterdam Oud West), you can find the Ten Kate market.
Very local with cheap food and goods and exotic fruits and veggies.
Every day, except on Sundays. Take tram 7 of 17.
Cheap food and goods
In an area that is mostly inhabited by Moroccans and Turks, the Bos en Lommer market gives you the feeling of being in an Islamic world, with an Amsterdam charm.
From Tuesdays to Saturdays. Take tram 7 or 14.