Amsterdam’s Best Flea Markets
In addition to famous attractions such as the Albert Cuyp Market, there are also plenty of delightful flea markets that attract tourists and residents alike, offering shoppers the chance to hunt for bargains and those one-of-a-kind collectable pieces.
Whether you're on a budget, trying to live more sustainably, or are a shopaholic always on the hunt for something new or special, flea markets are a great place to search for second-hand goods at reasonable prices.
5 best flea markets in Amsterdam
Flea markets are distinguished by their bazaar-like atmosphere, and at many of these spots, you'll have the chance to barter for a better deal. The markets listed below specialise in second-hand goods, with some stalls selling collectables and antiques, and many also offer an abundance of tasty food and drink to keep you fueled up and energised for your shopping spree.
Kicking things off with a classic, the IJ-Hallen flea market is well-known amongst flea market fanatics as the biggest one in Europe. Located in the north of Amsterdam, this market opens its doors for just one weekend a month and features over 750 stalls. Standard entry costs 6 euros per person, but it's certainly worth it, as you can be pretty sure that you can browse second-hand treasures for most of the day.
People come from all around the world to hunt through the wares on offer at IJ-Hallen. Some tips for those planning a trip in the not-too-distant future include arriving early, making sure you have cash (some stalls won't accept credit or debit cards) and wearing comfortable shoes: prepare for a day filled with lots of walking, lots of bartering, and lots of shopping!
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2. Noordermarkt Flea Market
Located in the centre of the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, the bustling 400-year-old Noordermarkt is surrounded by a wealth of history. Situated at the foot of the Noorderkerk, shoppers at this market will have plenty of opportunity to admire the city's stunning and historical architecture while they shop.
One of the oldest and most popular of Amsterdam's street markets, the Noordermarket offers a little bit of everything, from flowers and food to carpets and clothing. It's open just two days a week - on Saturdays and Mondays - from 9am.
3. Waterlooplein Market
Like the Noordermarkt, the flea market on Waterlooplein is steeped in history. First established over 130 years ago, the Waterlooplein Market has hundreds of stalls, and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9.30am till 6pm.
Its central location means this market is easily accessible via foot, bike or public transport, and offers something for everyone. There’s a maze of second-hand goods, from old globes and hanging lamps to African drums, antique rugs and used bikes, so be sure to head to the Waterlooplein Market for a market full of scrumptious snacks and special finds!
4. Spui Book Market
As the name of this market suggests, the Spui Book Market specialises in one thing and one thing only: books. Nestled between some of Amsterdam's most popular English-language bookstores, this market is certainly in good company, and offers bookworms the chance to search through hundreds of second-hand and antique books.
Every Friday from 10am to 6pm, prepare to unearth a breadth of literature, from biographies and poetry to fantasy-fiction, history, psychology and geography. Whilst most books are from the Netherlands, some English and international titles are for sale, as well as antique maps, prints and records.
5. Lindengracht Market
More than 900 metres long with about 230 stands, Lindengracht Market offers visitors a range of products, including vintage clothing and homeware, a number of cheese stalls and other gourmet goods. As the market is only open on Saturdays, be sure to get there shortly after the 9am opening time to avoid the busy afternoon period.
Bonus: King’s Day market
Maybe this is cheating a little, but if you're on the hunt for cheap and unique finds then King's Day (Koningsdag) is a great day to do it! Every year on April 27, cities across the Netherlands (including Amsterdam) are transformed into an orange-coloured oasis as citizens, residents and tourists celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander.
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Hotspots for shopaholics, antique lovers and bargain hunters alike!
Regardless of your aim, a day at a flea market is always a fun day out. And who knows, you might uncover something amazing!
What's your favourite flea market? Do you know of any more around Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments below!