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The Best Food And Flea Markets In Amsterdam

The Best Food And Flea Markets In Amsterdam

Picture of Ross Walker
Updated: 9 February 2017
Amsterdam is home to several flea markets, farmer’s markets, and many that are somewhere in between. Some have been open since the early 20th century and others are quite modern. Whether you are on the hunt for deals or simply interested in browsing around, you’ll have a great time visiting these markets.

Albert Cuyp Markt

‘The Cuyp” as locals call it, is a one stop shop for fresh veggies, meats, fruits, plants, clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs. The Markt is the one of the largest in Amsterdam and has been operating since 1905. Cuyp Market is also a great place to buy fresh authentic stroopwafels. If you haven’t had these small, cookie-like waffles, then this is the place to try one for the first time.

Waterlooplein

Waterlooplein Market is a great place to really get to know Amsterdam. This market is home to over 300 stalls and caters to both tourists and locals, creating the perfect atmosphere to soak up Dutch culture. The stalls vary from cheap trinkets to vintage clothes and prime meat to slices of fried fish. Around the market, there are several cafes and restaurants; perfect for a sit down and people watch.

IJ Hallen

IJ Hallen is the market for bargain hunters who love a good haggle. This is the largest flea market in Europe and is open once a month to over 750 vendors, most of whom are artisans or private sellers. There’s a lot of stuff to wade through at IJ Hallen, but if you have patience and a keen eye, you’ll find treasures unlike any others in the world.

Bloemenmarkt

Bloemenmarkt may not be a flea or food market, but it’s a necessity to visit this one-of-a-kind flower market while you are in Amsterdam. This market is made of a series of floating stalls strung together along one of the larger canals in Amsterdam. Even if you don’t buy a plant, it’s worth it just to bob along and smell the flowers.

Nieuwmarkt

Though Nieuwmarkt means ‘New Market’, it’s actually the oldest market square in Amsterdam. There is a daily market on the square with a few stalls, and a larger farmer’s market on Saturdays. The market is on the border of Chinatown, so there is a bit of an Asian influence on the stalls. The square itself is beautiful, so come for fantastic photos in front of The Waag, a fifteenth century multi-purpose building.

Foodhallen

Foodhallen is a modern food market housing several restaurants, varying in cuisine from Vietnamese Street Food to ‘funky’ hot dogs. Make sure you come here with a empty stomach so you can enjoy nibbles from the stalls. If you don’t want to stay and eat at one of the crowded tables, you’re in luck, as most of the stalls offer take out.