There are a number of street markets around the city of Amsterdam which could be of interest to the visitor. Markets are always a great place to observe and participate in local life.
The following article reviews each street market plus we also list some special market events happening in Amsterdam.
Albert Cuyp market - This is the largest street market in the Netherlands, located a short walk south of Amsterdam centre in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood. Established back in 1905, it runs along the Albert Cuypstraat and is open Monday to Saturday 0900-1700.
There are some 260 market stalls which sell all sorts of food and non-food items. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and nuts... Try out a raw herring (haring) from the fish stall. Non-food items include toiletries, clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, cycle accessories and small electrical items. Some stalls are linked to the shop behind with a wider selection of goods.
Prices are reasonable as the market is mainly frequented by local residents. It is well worth visiting the colourful neighbourhood with many other interesting shops, cafés and restaurants - from traditional Dutch to more ethnic varieties. At Eerste Sweelinckstraat you will see a statue to the late Amsterdam singer André Hazes.
By public transport, Albert Cuyp market can be reached by trams 16 and 24 (stop Albert Cuypstraat), tram 3 (stop 2e Van der Helststraat) or tram 4 (stop Stadhouderskade).
Dappermarkt - Calling itself Amsterdam's "world market", it is located on Dapperstraat in the working class Amsterdam Oost (east Amsterdam) district. This general market has around 200 stalls and runs Monday to Saturday 1000-1630. It has a lively atmosphere with many multicultural sellers including from the well established Turkish, Moroccan and Suriname communities. Prices for goods are on the cheap side - so head here if you're on a budget.
Get here by trams 3 or 7 (stop Dapperstraat), tram 9 (stop 1e Van Swindenstraat) or tram 14 (stop Pontanusstraat). Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station is also a short walk away.
Nieuwmarkt - The square in the centre of Amsterdam hosts a small number of market stalls during weekdays 0900-1800 selling food and flowers. Every Saturday (0900-1700) there is a farmer's market selling organic products. During the summer months there is a flea market held each Sunday.
Ten Katemarkt - This general street market has over 100 stalls selling food and non-food items. It is located just west of the city centre at Ten Katestraat just off the main shopping street Kinkerstraat. You will find plenty of Dutch and ethnic fare on offer. Open Monday to Saturday 0900-1800.
Lindengracht markt - This is a popular general market with over 200 stalls every Saturday 0900-1700 running along the Lindengracht street in Amsterdam's Jordaan district. A decent range of items are found on sale including fresh food, clothes, leatherware, household products and cycles.
Westerstraat markt - The Jordaan area also hosts a general market along Westerstraat every Monday 0900-1300. It sells food and non-food items though it is known as the Lapjesmarkt, specialising in fabric and textiles including new and vintage clothing.
Flower market - Netherlands is a world leader when it comes to flowers. The floating Bloemenmarkt (open Monday to Saturday 0900-1730, Sunday 1100-1730) is located right in the heart of Amsterdam on the south bank of the Singel canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein. Whilst a little bit touristy and often crowded, you can find flowers, plants, bulbs, seeds and other souvenirs here. If you want cheaper flowers then consider buying at Albert Cuyp market.
Waterlooplein market - This large flea market runs Monday to Saturday 0900-1800 and you can find a whole host of curious items - from designer bags and T-shirts, second-hand clothes and books, music, arts and crafts, to the more eclectic stuff like military helmets, badges and uniforms...and quite a lot of old junk. Also good for second hand bikes and cycle accessories. Located just east of the centre in what used to be the Jewish quarter.
Spui - This square in the heart of Amsterdam hosts a couple of weekly markets. The Spui book market (Boekenmarkt) specialises in a variety of second-hand books and is attended by around 25 book dealers from around the country. You will find a mix of old, rare and out-of-print books - mainly in Dutch but also some in English, French and German - as well as prints, posters and documents. Books are traditionally expensive in Netherlands so don't expect a great bargain. Every Friday 1000-1800. The surrounding Spui area houses quite a number of popular bookshops - including ABC, Athenaeum and Waterstones.
Also at Spui square every Sunday (1000-1800, Mar-Dec) is the ArtPlein Spui art market which has 25 stalls from a pool of around 60 Dutch and international artists. On sale can be found different mediums - paintings, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery - where artists can exhibit their work and connect with buyers directly in an informal atmosphere.
Oudemanhuispoort book market - This small book market at Oudemanhuispoort is held in a covered passageway that connects two buildings of the University of Amsterdam. Open Monday to Saturday 0900-1700, it sells a variety of second-hand books, prints, photographs and sheet music.
Antiekcentrum Amsterdam - The Amsterdam Antique Centre (previously known as De Looier) is the largest indoor antiques market in the Netherlands. Located at Elandsgracht 109 (a short walk from Leidseplein), it has 72 stands, a few shops and 90 display cabinets offering a diverse range of antiques for sale. You will find glassware, ceramics, porcelain, gold, silver, paintings, prints, ornamental pieces and more. Open Mon, Wed-Fri 1100-1800, Sat-Sun 1100-1700, closed Tuesdays. There is an onsite café. 3 days a week (Wed/Sat/Sun) people can rent table space to sell their antiques.
Coin and stamp market - On Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal outside the stamp shops there are a few traders and collectors who set up shop on Wednesday and Saturday 1000-1600. These enthusiasts trade in stamps, coins, postcards and phone cards.
IJ-Hallen flea market - Considered one of the biggest flea markets in Europe with some 750 stalls of private sellers. Held over a weekend about once per month at the IJ-hallen at NDSM wharf, entrance costs €4.50 or €2 for children up to 11.