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Amsterdam’s Best  Flea Markets

Amsterdam’s Best Flea Markets

Amsterdam’s Best Flea Markets

When it comes to markets, Amsterdam hosts a number of daily and weekly outlets that attract tourists and residents alike.  

As well as food markets, which you can find in abundance, the city offers some delightful flea markets for those bargain hunters and collectors out there (or those of you who like to rummage through second-hand goods).

Flea markets are distinguished by their bazaar-like atmosphere. You’ll find second-hand goods that you can often barter down in price. Some stalls offer incredibly cheap items and others sell collectibles and antiques.

5 Impressive flea markets

This selection focusses on markets that are entirely "flea" (second-hand), or have a considerable flea market area amongst food stalls and household goods:

Ijhallen

First or second weekend of every month

Perhaps the most impressive of them all is Ijhallen, located in the north of Amsterdam. With more than 1.500 stands and 3.000 free parking spaces, the monthly market attracts visitors from not only the Netherlands, but Europe-wide.

Shopping here involves a bit of an adventure - take the free ferry from behind Central Station across the IJ to NDSM on Saturday or Sunday (check the website for exact dates) and then it’s a case of following the hordes of bargain hunters.

There is a five euro admission fee, but you can be pretty sure that you can browse second-hand treasures for most of the day. Anything and everything can be found here; old guitars and antique chairs, art prints and military gear.

In the summer the market is extended outside, allowing even more stalls and street vendors. Arriving early is recommended!

 Noordermarkt Flea Market 

Saturday, 9am - 4pm
Monday, 9am - 2pm

In the centre of the Jordaan, the Noordermarkt Flea Market on Saturdays includes vintage goods and organic food produce from local farmers.

On Mondays, the market transforms into an antique-hunter’s goldmine. There are piles of vintage clothes, antique books, coins and furniture.

If you’re a die-hard flea-market shopper then set your alarm clock for an early Monday wake-up call. 

Waterlooplein Market

Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm

The most centrally located of all flea markets in Amsterdam, Waterlooplein Market offers visitors a range of snacks, second-hand clothes and vintage treasures.

Amsterdam flea markets

There’s a maze of second-hand goods, from old globes and hanging lamps, to African drums, antique rugs and used bikes.

Spui Book Market

Friday 10am - 6pm

Ideally situated amongst bookstores, you’ll find a collection of tents sheltering second-hand and antique books at the book market on Spui.

You can find 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.

Lindengracht Market

Saturday, 9am - 4pm

More than 900 metres long with about 230 stands, Lindengracht Market offers visitors a range of produce, including vintage clothing and homeware, a number of cheese stalls and other gourmet goods.

Go there on Saturday morning to avoid the busy afternoon period. You can’t miss it, just look out for a bronze sculpture standing in the middle, representing the Dutch writer and educator Theo Thijssen, teaching one of his pupils.

King’s Day market

There is one other flea market that deserves a notable mention: the King's Day market (Koningsdag vrijmarkt), held on the King's birthday. Every year on April 27 (or on April 26 if the 27th falls on a Sunday) Amsterdam, and most cities in the Netherlands, transform into sprawling city-wide flea markets.

Officially, anyone and everyone in the Netherlands can sell their second-hand goods on the streets and in the parks of Amsterdam, creating one of the largest flea markets in the world! 

 

What's your favourite flea market? Do you know of any more around Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Parvinder

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Parvinder Marwaha

British-born editor Parvinder studied architecture in the UK. Amsterdam’s architecture and design scene led her to the city, as well the obvious perks of canal-side living. She writes for various...

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