There are many regular markets in Utrecht that revolve around specific goods and produce. These charming, outdoor events include the oldest fabric market in the Netherlands, as well as speciality markets, such as the Janskerkhof flower market and the farmers’ markets.
Biologic Farmers’ Market
Utrecht’s Biologic Farmers’ Market takes place each Friday on Vredenburgplein in Utrecht’s city centre. The market revolves around fresh, local goods and other items produced in or around Utrecht. Aside from fish, meat and vegetable merchants, there are also stalls dedicated to bread, chocolate and pastries.
Every Saturday, dozens of flower merchants head to Janskerkhof to sell their wares. There’s always hundreds of stunning boutiques at this weekly market, which is among the best places to pick up flowers in the Netherlands. It is also located outside of one of the oldest churches in the city, Janskerk.
As its name suggests, this cosy market takes place in Utrecht’s Vredenburg neighbourhood. It is open three days a week and features many different items, ranging from fresh and locally sourced fish to clothes, shoes and accessories.
The popular second-hand market always features a wide array of knick-knacks, antiques and collectibles, which makes it perfect for vintage treasure hunters. The market takes place every Saturday in the city centre and runs alongside a gothic, medieval church called Jacobikerk.
De StreekMarket pops up on Utrecht’s Mariaplaats once a month and revolves around local, artisanal products. The roster of merchants changes each month, but there’s always a large selection of goods on offer at the market, including freshly roasted coffee beans, chocolate covered crepes and craft beer.
This large covered market is just outside Utrecht in a suburban village called Papendorp. Around 50% of the stalls stay the same every week, and the other half are given to temporary leaseholders. This means that there’s different items on offer each time you visit, as well as a wide selection of more-or-less permanent products.
De Utrechtse Lapjesmarkt is the oldest fabric market in the Netherlands and has taken place since 1597. During the past 400 years, the market has changed from a biannual occurrence to a weekly affair and has grown into the largest event of its kind in the country. There’s an enormous range of cloth, fabric and other items related to the textile arts available at the market, including many that are quite difficult to find outside of Utrecht.