Strolling around on a local street market in Amsterdam will get you that authentic feeling you need whilst visiting a foreign country. Almost every neighbourhoods has its own local market open from Monday to Saturday. The most famous are the Albert Cuyp Market in The Pijp, Ten Kate Market in Amsterdam West and the Dapper Markt in East. They sell food and non-food items. Waterlooplein is a famous market dedicated to new and vintage and second hand clothes, antiques and new items. The Amsterdam flower market is a rather touristic market that sells mostly flower bulbs and souvenirs. There is also a great little book market every day. It’s hidden in the old man’s gate in the centre of the city.
There are also many organic food markets in Amsterdam that offer biological food from local farmers every Saturday: Nieuwmarkt, Noordermarkt, Zuidermrkt (Museum Square area), Stadionplein and Mercatorplein in Amsterdam West. On Wednesday there is a biological food market on Amsterdam Haarlemmerplein.
Then there are the traveling markets and flea markets. Check out the calendar of Amsterdam events 2018 to see when these markets are here.
Below you will find a list of Amsterdam markets per area.
Markets in the center of Amsterdam
1. Organic food market at Nieuwmarkt, every Saturday
On the Nieuwmarkt you will find an organic food market with organic local produce such as vegetables, bread and pastry. The organic food market is every every Saturday from 9.00 to 16.00. The Nieuwmarkt is in the old centre of the city, near the Red Light District and Amsterdam Chinatown.
2. Art market at Spui, every Sunday
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 colour, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry at this art market. Art Plein Spui offers the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, without galleries or museums being involved. The art market at the Amsterdam Spui is every Sunday from March to December.
3. Flower Market, every day (not on Sunday)
The Flower Market (Bloemetjesmarket) is located near Spui in a busy shopping area in the center of the city. This market is in all the tourist guide books, but it’s not as good as it once was. There are hardly any flowers on this market, just a lot of souvenir shops and flower bulbs. The quality of the flower bulbs are not very good. It’s better to order flower bulbs online or get them last minute at the airport.
4. Second hand at Waterlo0plein, every day (not on Sunday)
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) vintage and second hand clothing. The market Waterloo Square Market is closed on Sunday.
5. Art market at Amsterdam Rembrandtplein, every Sunday
The Rembrandt Art Market takes place from March to October, every week on Sunday at Rembrandtplein. It’s a modern art market. Just like the art market on Spui you can find here all sort of paintings and drawing, often with an Amsterdam theme. But there is also jewelry and wood carvings. The market is free to visit and the artists is present so you can talk to the artist about the work. Great for an original souvenir!
6. Museum Market at Museumplein, every 2nd Sunday
The Museum Square has turned into tourist central location. Not only can you find here all the major museums of Amsterdam (Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum), as well as a pond and a large grass field to relax and play some football, there is also a market here. The Museum Market is there every second Sunday of the Month. The stands sell stylish design items and you can often meet the designers yourself. Great for an original souvenir. There are also food stands.
Dates for Museum Market in Amsterdam in 2019:
(every 2nd Sunday of the month)
7. Book market at Old Men’s Gate, every day (not 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 sellers have not just books (also English) but sell also old postcards, old maps and pictures of Amsterdam.
The buildings are now all used by the university of Amsterdam, so lots of students around here. Check out this area, it’s peaceful area, beautifully located between the canals, it’s near Nieuwmarkt and the red light district. The Amsterdam book market is open every day except Sunday.
8. Book market at Spui, every Friday
Find rare, second hand and out-of-print books in Dutch, English, French, German an other languages every Friday at the Spui Book market. Besides special and obscure books, you can also find original prints, maps, pamphlets, posters and periodicals. The book sellers come from all over The Netherlands and bring some real treasures.
9. Stamp market on wednesday and Saturday
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 Square.
10. Amsterdam Antique market on Elandsgracht, every day except Tuesday
Antiques don’t handle the Dutch humidity very well, so the Amsterdam antique market at Elandsgracht is inside. They specialize in furniture, jewelry, silverware and collectables. Amsterdam antique market De Looier is located at Elandsgracht 109, not far from Leidseplein. Closes at 17.00. Tuesday closed all day.
Markets at Jordaan Quarter
1. Monday Market at Noordermarkt
The most famous market for hipsters is the Monday morning market at Noordermarkt in the Jordaan Quarter. The market is quite large, but because of its popularity, it is advised to come early. It gets really busy!
The Amsterdam Noordermarket has a large variety of good priced fashion, vintage clothing, vintage furniture, second hand clothes, shoes and so on. There are also obscure artifacts and antiques found here, books, old records, lamps. You can bargain a good price. The market is only in the morning. From the city center, cross all the 4 canals (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht). The market sits by the Noorder Church. Or take tram 3 or 10 from Leidseplein.
2. Textiles market Westerstraat, Monday
Next to the Noordermarket, also on Monday morning, you find the large textile or fabric market in the adjoining Westerstraat. In Dutch we call this a ‘lapjesmarkt’, an old type of market back from the days when people still made their own clothes and sewing your own window curtains was a normal activity for the house wifes.
There’s 2 types of people who still visit this market: old house wifes from the Jordaan, who moved away from the city, but still come back to Amsterdam to visit this market and chat with all the familiar faces. And creative types who still sew their own outfit. The Westerstraat Amsterdam textile market is also on Monday morning.
3. Lindengracht Market every Saturday
On Saturday, you can find a large biological food market around the Noorderkerk Church. Prices are not cheap, but the goods are delicacies, many from local farmers: mushrooms, beautiful cheeses, pâtés (also vegetarian), fresh herbs, olive oils, nuts, and delicious bread. Especially worthwhile is to try the many food stalls with typical Dutch treats and Dutch traditional food like pea soup and sausage in winter and oysters and fresh herring all year round. Recommend Amsterdam market for foodies.
The Saturday Market at Jordaan stretches along the Lindengracht. This part is more traditional food market and household wares. The entire Amsterdam Jordaan Quarter is dotted with boutiques, lunch rooms, restaurants and cafés serving some of the best dutch apple pie. The Saturday Market in Jordaan is till 16.00 hours.
Market at The Pijp
1. Daily market Albert Cuyp (not Sunday)
The Albert Cuyp market is famous for being ‘typically Amsterdam’. It is a daily food market, but it sells also a lot of non-food items like clothing. The market is very popular among people from other parts of The Netherlands. For the tourists, more and more stalls offer hot street food from Holland like stroopwafels, poffertjes (small pancakes) and patat (french fries).
Around the market, the Amsterdam neighbourhood De Pijp area is full of terraces filled with people drinking and eating. The Amsterdam market Albert Cuyp is every day, except Sunday. Take tram 16, 20, 24 or 25 or take a 10 minute walk from Museum square.
Market in Amsterdam East
1. Daily market Dappermarkt (not on Sunday)
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. The Amsterdam market Dappermarkt is open every day till 16.00, except Sundays. Take tram 9 or 14.
Markets in Amsterdam West
1. Sunday Market at Westergasfabriek, every 1st Sunday
Cultural park Westergasfabriek hosts many markets on weekends. The Sunday market is a monthly fashion, art and design market. Here, creatives, upcoming artists, and already successful designers present their own designs to the public. You can find original work for friendly prices, like ceramics, jewelry, art and kid’s toys. There is also a large variety of biological food from stalls. The Sunday Market is outside and indoor, every 1st Sunday of the month in 2019.
2. Farmers market at Haarlemmerplein, every Wednesday
At the end of Haarlemmerstraat you will find a large square that hold a farmers market every Wednesday. It’s mostly biological produce from local farms.
3. Daily Ten Katemarkt, every day except Sunday
The most popular market in the neighbourhood of old west (Amsterdam Oud West), you can find the Ten Kate market. This a daily market, every day from Monday to Saturday you can find cheap fresh foods and exotic fruits and veggies. The market is surrounded by coffee bars, lunchrooms and restaurants. Take tram 7 or 17.
4. Food court at Amsterdam Halls, every day
The Food Halls are located at the Amsterdam Halls, next to the Ten Kate Market. The Amsterdam Food Halls is an indoor food court. Local entrepreneurs offer culinary bits to eat and drink. It’s not cheap and it can get quite busy, but it’s worth trying if you are a food lover. In this complex of buildings you can also find a cinema, restaurants, bars and a public library.
The Amsterdam Food Halls are located next to the Ten Kate Market, along Kinkerstraat. The Food Halls are open every day till 23.30, Friday and Saturday open till 1.00 am. Take tram 7 of 17.
Markets in Amsterdam Noord
1. Flea market IJ-Hallen
Flea market II-Hallen consists of huge halls full of stands with second hands: clothes, shoes, records, furniture, vintage and antique. All at very good prices and it’s easy to find (or make) a bargain. In winter, the stands are inside. In summer, the market is also outside. The IJ-Hallen flea market is every month and is located at NDSM, a great area to explore. It’s easy to reach by free ferry (15 minutes) which leaves behind Central Station.
Check out the Amsterdam events 2018 for dates of the flea market.
Amsterdam Noord has been a social housing area for a long time, but in the 10 years, the area is gentrifying quickly. Higher income people are buying houses here and the neighbourhood reflects that change. One of the change is the change of the traditional Mosmarkt changing into Pekmarkt. Now, also artisanale and biological food stands stand next to the old vegetable sellers. There is a market in the Amsterdam Van der Pekstraat every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Cheese markets outside Amsterdam
The most famous markets of Holland are of course the cheese markets. Traditionally, at a cheese market cheese was sold to shop owners. There are still 5 cheese markets in Holland: Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden. Only the markets of Gouda and Woerden are ‘real’, meaning cheese is still sold between the manufacturers and the shop owner. All the others are more tourist attractions or reenactments. Obviously, it’s a good idea to buy your wooden shoes and cheese here to take home. Read more about a visit to a cheese market.