Considering the Netherlands’ synonymity with flowers and horticulture, it is no wonder Amsterdam is among the best places in the world to pick up colourful bouquets or ready-to-plant tulip bulbs. Apart from from its numerous markets, there are also several excellent florists and plant shops dotted around the city where visitors can bask in the glory of Dutch floriculture.
Amsterdam’s iconic floating flower market, de Bloemenmarkt, has served as an important hub for the floriculture trade in the Netherlands since the mid-19th century. It was built on waterborne barges in order to make it easier for merchants to moves goods to and from the city via its canals. The market is currently anchored to the southern side of Singel canal and runs between two public plazas called Konigsplein and the Muntplein. Around 15 florists sell their wares at the market on specialised barges that have been turned into floating shop fronts. There’s always an expansive selection of flowers and other products related to gardening available at the market, ranging from meticulously crafted bouquets to ready-to-travel tulip bulbs .
Scheepstra Bloemen encourages its clients to tailor their bouquets around their own tastes and will happily adjust their arrangements in order to meet specific preferences. As Scheepstra Bloemen is part of an international florist network, it is possible to have their wonderful flowers delivered throughout Europe. The florist is located on the southern side of de Pijp, near Amsterdam’s largest conference centre RAI.
Albert Cuypmarkt ranks among the largest and most famous street markets in Europe, and has taken place on a long road (named Albert Cuypstraat) almost every day of the week since 1912. Due to Albert Cuypmarkt’s size and scope, it is easy enough to spend entire afternoons rummaging between its stalls, which sell everything from fresh local produce to kitchenware and other interior items. Albert Cuypmarkt is also known for its florists and features a number of stalls that are completely devoted to flowers and house plants. Several of these vendors actually have brick-and-mortar stores tucked away behind their trestles, where customers can browse through hundreds of tulips, roses and orchards.
Menno Kroon is among the most famous high-end florists in Amsterdam and has been assembling beautiful bouquets from their store on the eastern side of Vondelpark for almost 20 years. Besides their wonderful floral arrangements, Menno Kroon sells classy interior design products, including handmade vases and ornate candles sticks. Menno Kroon also makes special floral arrangements for private events like weddings, and tailors every commission around its clients’ individual preferences.
Dappermarkt takes place every day except Sunday in the centre of Amsterdam-Oost’s Dapperbuurt neighbourhood, on a road that runs parallel to the area’s largest, greenest park, Oosterpark. Even though it is slightly less central than its larger counterpart in de Pijp, Albert Cuypmarkt, there are many reasons to visit Dappermarkt. For one, it is noticeably less busy than Albert Cuypmarkt and has many of the same types of stalls, including spots that sell cosmetics, fresh fish, candy and, of course, flowers. There are usually around four florists at the market whose wares range from made-to-order bouquets to fully grown bonsai trees.
Located in possibly the most photogenic neighbourhood in Amsterdam, de Negen Straatjes (the Nine Streets), Gerda’s Flowers and Plants provides an extensive selection of floral services, covering almost any occasion. Each year Gerda’s team designs arrangements for several important local events, including the Grachtenfestival, and their work is regularly used by high-class hotels around Amsterdam.