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Best Markets in Amsterdam

What are the best markets in Amsterdam? In this article we highlight the best markets in Amsterdam.
|-Best Markets in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, with its picturesque canals and vibrant cultural scene, is a haven for expats and digital nomads from around the world. One of the city’s charms is its variety of markets, each offering a unique glimpse into the local lifestyle and an opportunity to find everything from fresh produce to vintage treasures. Whether you’re looking to decorate your new Dutch home, indulge in local delicacies, or simply enjoy the bustling atmosphere, Amsterdam’s markets are not to be missed. Here are some of the best markets in Amsterdam that offer a true taste of local life.

Albert Cuyp Market

Location: Albert Cuypstraat, De Pijp
Type of Market: Street Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:00-17:00

The Albert Cuyp Market is one of the largest and most popular outdoor markets in Amsterdam. Located in the trendy De Pijp neighborhood, it has been serving locals and tourists alike since 1905. With over 300 stalls, you can find everything from fresh produce, fish, and exotic herbs to clothing, electronics, and home goods. The market is a melting pot of cultures, reflecting the diverse population of Amsterdam.

We Recommend: Trying the freshly made stroopwafels – a sweet Dutch treat consisting of two thin waffles with a syrup filling.


Location: Noordermarkt, Jordaan
Type of Market: Farmers Market and Flea Market
Open: Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9:00-16:00; Flea Market: Mondays, 9:00-13:00

Noordermarkt is a historic square in the Jordaan district that hosts two different markets. On Saturdays, the Farmers Market offers organic food and products, while on Mondays, the Flea Market takes over, providing a treasure trove of vintage clothes, antiques, books, and curiosities. The market is surrounded by charming cafes and eateries, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely weekend outing.

We Recommend: Sampling the organic cheeses and artisan breads at the Farmers Market, or finding a unique vintage accessory at the Flea Market.

Waterlooplein Market

Location: Waterlooplein, City Center
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:30-18:00

Waterlooplein Market is the oldest flea market in Amsterdam and a must-visit for anyone looking for second-hand goods and vintage finds. With a history dating back to 1880, this market has a wide array of items, from clothes and books to military uniforms and vinyl records. It’s also a great place to find souvenirs and Dutch memorabilia.

We Recommend: Hunting for unique Dutch antiques or picking up a pair of traditional wooden clogs as a quirky reminder of your time in Amsterdam.

De Hallen

Location: Hannie Dankbaarpassage, Oud-West
Type of Market: Indoor Market Hall
Open: Daily, times vary

De Hallen is a renovated tram depot that has been transformed into a cultural complex, featuring a cinema, boutiques, and the Food Hallen – an indoor food market. The market offers a range of gourmet street food from local and international cuisines, making it a foodie’s paradise. The hall also hosts a local goods market on weekends, where you can find crafts, art, and fashion.

We Recommend: Indulging in a variety of culinary delights at the Food Hallen, especially the gourmet bitterballen – a Dutch snack of breaded and fried meatballs.

IJ-Hallen Flea Market

Location: NDSM-plein, Amsterdam-Noord
Type of Market: Flea Market
Open: One weekend per month, check the website for specific dates and times

The IJ-Hallen Flea Market is one of the largest in Europe and takes place in the hip NDSM wharf area. It’s a paradise for bargain hunters and vintage enthusiasts, offering a vast selection of second-hand clothes, books, records, furniture, and much more. The market’s industrial setting on the banks of the IJ River adds to its unique charm.

We Recommend: Arriving early to score the best deals on vintage clothing and retro decor items.

Pure Markt

Location: Various parks around Amsterdam (e.g., Amstelpark, Park Frankendael)
Type of Market: Food and Goods Market
Open: One Sunday per month, check the website for specific dates and locations

The Pure Markt is a traveling market that pops up in different parks around Amsterdam. It’s known for its high-quality, sustainable products, including artisan foods, organic produce, and handcrafted goods. The market also features live music and activities for children, making it a family-friendly event.

We Recommend: Enjoying a picnic with gourmet treats from the market, such as homemade pies, organic sausages, and craft beers.


Location: Dapperstraat, Oost
Type of Market: Street Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9:00-17:00

Located in the multicultural neighborhood of Amsterdam Oost, Dappermarkt is known for its affordable prices and diverse range of products. With over 200 stalls, you can find everything from fresh produce and exotic spices to textiles and electronics. The market reflects the neighborhood’s international character, offering a variety of ethnic foods and goods.

We Recommend: Sampling the array of international street food, particularly the Turkish and Surinamese specialties.

Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets)

Location: Nine little streets within the Grachtengordel, the central canal belt
Type of Market: Shopping District
Open: Varies by shop, typically daily

While not a traditional market, the Negen Straatjes area is a delightful shopping destination that offers a mix of vintage boutiques, designer shops, and artisanal stores. Set against the backdrop of Amsterdam’s historic canals, this picturesque neighborhood is perfect for a leisurely day of shopping and exploring.

We Recommend: Browsing the unique selection of vintage fashion and designer wear, as well as checking out the local art galleries and specialty food shops.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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