Are you looking for the best Street Markets in Amsterdam?
Then, this post is written for you. Outdoor markets in Holland have a unique charm, quite different from those in other countries. And it’s no different in Amsterdam.
This post is all about the best markets in Amsterdam.
They are more than just a few stalls selling fresh produce or products; it’s a way of life and part of locals’ shopping routines where many do their weekly grocery shopping.
Depending on where you’re from, you’ll be surprised by the size of Netherlands street markets and the many different products on offer. It’s almost like an open-air supermarket.
Visiting these markets and street vendors will be an excellent opportunity to experience true Dutch life.
Amsterdam has a fantastic offering of street markets every day of the week.
As a local, I use these markets myself for my weekly shop. I recommend carving out some time to visit one or more markets below for a much more local experience.
… And these are not just for groceries. They’re great places to enjoy Dutch treats and foods; some markets are not even about food.
Come with an empty stomach because you’re in for a treat. These markets are one of the best ways to experience local culture.
We’ll cover food markets, organic farmer markets, flea markets, and, of course, flower markets (my advice might surprise you)
Within each category, I start with markets held most of the week first and then continue to those held less often.
There are so many street markets in this city that it will be hard not to bump into one when taking a stroll along the streets of Amsterdam.
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Food Markets Amsterdam
Food markets are the most common street markets Amsterdam, with many to choose from. From the famous but touristy Albert Cuyp Market to lesser-known but fantastic markets like the Lindegracht Market (and quite a few more).
Albert Cuyp Markt
The Albert Cuypmarkt is located in De Pijp area of Amsterdam along the Albert Cuypstraat.
It’s right behind the Heineken Brewery. Many tourists never bother going further than the brewery before heading back to the center, but that is a pity on them.
They missed an opportunity to see an Amsterdam neighborhood with lots of “Gezelligheid”, markets, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants.
The Albert Cuyp market is at the center of it all. It offers over 260 stands, stretching over a length of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles), making it one of the largest in Europe.
Items for sale include everything you can imagine, from fabrics and flowers to vegetables and everything in between. And lots of snacks. So come hungry.
Residents use this market, but it has become increasingly touristy. For one, most signs are now in English, and prices are higher than at other local markets like the Ten Kate Market or the Dappermarket (more about them later).
But it’s still a great place to try Dutch favorites like Stroopwafels, fish, and poffertjes, and although prices are higher, they’re still affordable.
The best stroopwafels in the country can be found at Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels.
Not the fancy Stroopwafels places you see hyped on TikTok.
Those on TikTok are just an overpriced craze. The real deal is Rudi’s.
But make sure to try a plain Stroopwafel. That is truly Dutch. Toppings are just for tourists.
What I recommend is booking this self-guided food tour. It’s a fantastic tour that takes you to the most famous food stalls to try Dutch favorites.
You get background stories about its sellers and the products. I did this together with Herman, and we loved it.
The price you pay is for information; you still pay the food sellers for the food. But these are small amounts.
And often, you get a better deal because you have the tour or a tasting dish that is not generally on the menu.
The Albert Cuyp market is open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. The usual opening hours are from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Many stalls start a bit later, and some might close earlier. This is true for all markets on this list, so never arrive just after opening or before closing.
It’s closed on Sundays, and opening hours may vary during public holidays, so it’s always a good idea to check before planning your visit.
This is their official website.
Tip: explore the surrounding streets, too, and don’t just go to the market.
The fastest way to get here is by metro. Line 52 takes minutes from Amsterdam Central Station to the “De Pijp” stop next to the market entrance.
Next is the Dappermarkt, another large, vibrant market in the eastern part of Amsterdam called Amsterdam Oost.
Getting here by train (Muiderpoort Station, GVB passes are NOT valid on trains) or tram 14 from Central Station, run by GVB, is easy.
This market immediately feels very different.
In this part of the city, you’ll find large communities from Turkey, Suriname, Asia, and Eastern Europe, reflected in the market’s offer.
Here, you’ll find many different Dutch and international cuisines and products.
Dutch pancakes (called Poffertjes) are just as regular as Baru from the Caribbean.
It’s a great place to discover local products and more global flavors. Expect some amazing food.
The Dappermarkt market is open Monday to Saturday, usually from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The market provides a more local experience than larger touristy markets like Albert Cuyp.
It’s worth taking the trip out here. It’s for a reason National Geographic Traveller called it one of the Top 10 Shopping Streets in the World. Although, honestly, that might be a tad too much to claim.
The Ten Kate Market is a personal favorite since I lived across it for a while. This neighborhood market is where I went to shop myself.
The market is (much) smaller in size, focused on products mainly for the local ethnic community. Expect lower prices here!
There is one stall you have to know about, and that is Boer Geert sandwiches. My favorite sandwich? The one with warm meats is called “Broodje Mokum.”
And look at the enormous sandwiches in the left corner of the display. They warm them for you. You’re filled for the rest of the day.
The market is held from 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday. It’s easy to get here. Take tram 17 from the central station (or the Anne Frank House from the Westermarkt stop) and exit at the “Nicholas Beetsstraat.”
And it’s not just the market here. You’ll exit the tram at a lively shopping street. You’ll instantly feel like a local and part of the local culture.
And that is not all. The beautiful art center and food hall (Foodhallen) is called “De Hallen” and is right behind the Ten Kate Markt, so you need some time to visit this area.
There is a lot to experience both indoors and outdoors.
The Lindegracht Market
It may be my favorite weekly street market in Amsterdam. This market stretches all along Lindegracht Street. It feels endless.
And while the beginning (the entrance near Brouwersgracht/Noordermarkt) might feel a little bit touristy, it becomes more local the further you get into the market.
This is not a market focused on tourists (like the Albert Cuyp Market is). Dutch people shop here in large numbers. Expect to find everything.
There are many stalls with fresh cheese (a great place to buy Dutch cheese), flowers, fish, and nuts.
But also non-food items and great food stalls, from Dutch favorites like a classic warm Stroopwafel to international cuisine as exotic as Surinam or Ecuadorian food.
I love, especially in wintertime, the pea soup and sausage stall at “Fluks and Sons” at the “end” of the market. It’s genuinely authentic Dutch fare and so good!!!
Expect to take tons of photos and use all your senses. Make sure to plan to spend at least an hour here.
It’s held on Saturdays only. Together with the Organic Farmers Market on Noordermarkt (see below), which is incredibly beautiful too. You get two markets for the price of one.
Organic Markets Amsterdam
Every Saturday morning, the best Amsterdam (upscale) organic farmer’s market is set up at Noordermarkt. Selling the most beautiful organic foods.
Herman and I love to shop here ourselves for our weekly produce. You buy directly from the farm. Prices are reasonable, especially if you buy locally grown and in-season fresh produce.
Better than prices charged in Organic supermarkets, for sure. You’ll find many local residents doing their weekly shopping here.
But there is a lot more than just fresh produce. Expect bakeries with beautiful bread, cheeses, mushrooms, fish and meat, and snacks. The pancake stall at the start of the market is an institution with just a few seats and two lovely ladies running it.
If you’re looking for fresh flowers, then the Noordermarkt and the nearby Lindegracht market are much better places to look than the “flower market” I will discuss below.
Getting to this beautiful market is easy, it’s a 10-minute walk from Central Station along one of the most picturesque canals called the Brouwersgracht.
Make sure to have Apple Pie at Winkel 43. It’s the best. And worth the line.
Another smaller Organic market is held every Saturday at Nieuwmarkt. It’s a beautiful spot near the medieval Waag building.
A market has been held here since the 17th century. It’s one of Amsterdam’s oldest markets.
Elsewhere, I read prices are better here than at Noordermarkt. I never saw that. But expect similar quality for sure.
However, I would go to Noordermarkt instead. It’s prettier and has more to offer.
Haarlemmerplein transforms into a small farmers’ market each Wednesday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
This market is known for its selection of fresh, high-quality produce often sold by the producers. Allowing you to talk directly with them.
It’s easy to find at the end of Haarlemmerstraat, about a 20-minute walk from Central Station.
Or take a bus, it’s one of the rare occasions when the bus is the best mode of transport. Bus lines 18, 21, and 22 all stop here and take just 5 minutes from Central Station.
This is a midweek market; thus, it is an excellent alternative if you’re not in town on a Saturday.
The Zuidermarkt, or Zuidermrkt to make it sound fancier, is a market, as you might have guessed, in Amsterdam South.
It’s a small local market with a lot of atmosphere, nestled at the corner of Jacob Obrechtstraat and Johannes Verhulststraat—another market on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Expect to find a local market for residents with local producers. What makes this market extra special is that it has a not-for-profit character.
It’s a cooperation with members who are enthusiastic residents. The members decide what market stalls are on offer at the market.
This is another one of those markets where you quickly feel like you belong and are part of the community.
Vegetables and fruit are sourced as much as possible from the Netherlands and are almost exclusively organically and biodynamically grown. Sustainability is one of their core values.
The market is conveniently located in the attractive district of Oud-Zuid, just behind the Concert Building and not far from Museum Square.
You can get here by tram 2 or 12 from Central Station or line 5 from the Jordaan. From the tram stop, it’s a 5-8 minute walk to the market.
Another type of market (but great) is the Pure Markt. It’s a monthly market and a traveling market. Meaning it’s rotating between three locations: Park Frankendael, Amsterdamse Bos, and Amstelpark.
However, the Amsterdam Bos location has no dates for 2024. So, I’m unsure if that location will stay in the market schedule.
But there will be markets at Park Frankendael and Amstelpark, these are already scheduled for the year.
The Pure Markt used to be held on a Sunday for one weekend a month, but it’s so popular, it will be held at least twice a month.
The Pure Markt has a festival feel to it, and that makes it so wonderful to visit.
Vendors change with location and season. You’re able to find beautiful products.
Both food and handcrafted souvenirs and gifts. Also, expect many food stalls around; don’t eat before you go.
You can find dates and times here. Not many markets are open on Sundays.
The locations are further out from the city center. But Herman and I love to make the trip there since they’re fun and free!
There is public transportation to all of these locations. Google Maps is your friend here.
The Sunday Markets
And the Puremarkt are not the only Sunday Markets in town. There are four more; almost every Sunday:
- Westergas Sunday Market is held every first Sunday of the month for a day filled with fun shopping, theater, live music, demonstrations, workshops, tastings, and more. This market is held in the lovely Westerpark and former gas factory building—a perfect place for a unique gift.
- De Hallen Sunday Market: Every second Sunday of the month, Amsterdam-West’s old tram depot transforms into a cozy and atmospheric Sunday Market. It’s right behind the Ten Kate Markt (not on Sundays) and the Foodhallen.
- Museum Market Indulge in some designer shopping at the Museumplein. This market occurs every third Sunday of the month, except for October when it’s held on the fourth Sunday due to a marathon.
- Rokin Sunday Market: the Rokin Sunday Market is located at Oude Turfmarkt. It’s held every last Sunday of the month from March through October from noon to 6 p.m. The “Oude Turfmarkt” is a surprisingly quiet spot in the middle of the busyness of this area. Here, artists, collectors, and creative minds offer their unique products.
It’s worth checking their calendar because many markets have a seasonal theme attached to them, making what’s on offer even more unique.
Flower Markets in Amsterdam
Singel Floating Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt)
A must-visit for most tourists: the floating flower market on the Singel Canal. Also known in Dutch as the “Bloemenmarket.” It’s one of the world’s only floating flower markets. Making it sound super special right there.
Would I recommend visiting? Yes, but I want to temper your expectations, too.
When I take my overseas friends here, they love it, but at the same time, the experience is also a bit underwhelming, especially if you’re a local.
Why is that?
First floating. You might expect a romantic setting with little boats and flowers on the canal. Well, wrong.
These stores do float on the water, but that is hardly visible. And they’re just large square boxes—nothing pretty from the outside. When the market was built, it was just practical since there was no space on land.
Then, the offering: there are more wooden flowers here than fresh flowers. Expect more of a long row of tourist shops than true flower stores where locals buy (they don’t).
But it’s still lovely to walk through the stores. Most are pretty on the inside. And it’s handy to get your flower bulbs here since most have certificates for customs if you live outside the EU. This will be advertised at the stall.
But for an authentic Dutch flower experience, I recommend visiting a local food market instead, where you see many fresh flower stalls selling real flowers to real residents.
Flea Markets Amsterdam, Bric-a-Brac, And Art Markets
Amsterdam is full of bric-a-brac and antique shops (the main area is Spiegelgracht and Spiegelstraat), which is beautiful for a stroll.
But you can also find many great items at flea markets with second-hand products across town. Here are the best:
The Waterlooplein market is the city’s best-known, largest, and most central flea market.
Do I personally like this flea market on Waterlooplein? It’s not my favorite. It’s touristy, and prices are not always great, but there is much for sale.
It’s open from Monday to Saturday, which is convenient. It is easy to get to (just behind Rembrandtplein) or two stops on any metro (except line 52).
The eclectic Waterlooplein flea market is a must-stop if you like flea markets. Make sure to watch your belongings carefully when it’s busy.
This is one of my favorite flea markets in Amsterdam. But it’s only open on Monday mornings.
This morning market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a flea market only. On Saturday morning, a smaller flea market is shared here with the beautiful organic market.
Expect Amsterdam local traders offering their products. It’s a very tight community, and most vendors are open for a chat.
This is a very different (and better) experience than the one at Waterlooplein. But the drawback is of course it’s only held on Mondays.
While you’re here, get Apple Pie at the best place for Apple Pie in the city: Winkel 43.
You find Noordermarkt in the beautiful Jordaan district just off the most gorgeous canal in Brouwersgracht.
No tram stops are nearby, but it’s only a 10-minute walk from Central Station.
The Anne Frank House is also within walking distance from this market.
IJ-Hallen Flea Market
On the former NDSM shipping wharves, you now find the largest flea market in Europe. And the best of all, it’s indoors, so when it rains, you can still comfortably find that great bargain.
Although there is an admission fee to enter, this is one of the best flea markets in Amsterdam.
The one major drawback: it’s held about once, sometimes twice a month on irregular dates during a weekend only. This means you must be lucky to be in town on the right dates to catch it.
If you’re a flea market enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know the market has a calendar available. Making it easy to plan your visit during market days.
To get to this trendy, newly repurposed part of Amsterdam is easy. Take a free ferry to NDSM island from Central Station (northside exit). It’s a lovely ferry ride with excellent views and is entirely free.
Once at NDSM, expect a former shipwharf with converted containers and shipyards full of funky shops, restaurants, and galleries.
They’re also very rapidly building many modern apartment buildings here because this part of Amsterdam is hot and relatively undiscovered by tourists.
It’s also home to a street art museum, again in a former ship wharf, and the largest (beautiful) Anne Frank mural I know about.
Oudemanhuispoort Book Market
An excellent book market that is sheltered a bit better from the weather is the Oudemanhuispoort Book Market.
It’s a covered passage near the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, where you will find second-hand textbooks, prints, and things like sheet music.
This little market has so much history that you have to visit it.
Just imagine, at this book market, that you can today, Vincent van Gogh also sometimes bought books.
And did you know he would pay with a painting because he had no money? The idea is just insane. But it’s true.
This passageway, by the way, used to be an almshouse for the elderly way, way back in time. You can still visit the beautiful courtyard garden.
About halfway, a large door gives access to the courtyard, which is now part of the University of Amsterdam.
The Oudemanhuispoort Book Market can be visited every day except Sundays from 11:30 a.m. (to 6 p.m.).
The fastest way to get here is by metro line 52, just one stop from Central Station. Or take tram 4, 14, or 24 to the Rokin stop. From here, use Google Maps to find it. Just search for “Oudemanhuispoort.”
Spui market – Book Market (Boekenmarkt)
You’ll find a local book market on Spui near the University of Amsterdam every Friday year-round. Unless the weather is that bad, they can’t hold it.
It’s a cozy market selling hundreds of second-hand and antiquarian books in many genres and languages, from Dutch to English, German, French, and maybe some other languages here and there, too.
This market has existed for over 30 years and has almost become synonymous with Spui Square.
You’ll also find the American Book Store with a large selection of English books and the cozy Athenaeum Boekhandel (which also has a large selection of English language books).
Expect about 25 Dutch traders from around the country to set up their stalls complete with books every Friday.
Spui is a central square in Amsterdam. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from Dam Square, 15 minutes from Central Station. Trams 2 and 12 stop around the corner on the “Koningsplein” Stop.
Art Market Spui (ArtPlein)
On Sundays, there is another market here: ArtPlein—an art market where local artists showcase their art.
It’s an excellent opportunity to meet the artists behind the work.
It’s tiny, but when you’re in the area after a stroll through the lovely “9 streets” district, visiting the beautiful and oldest inner courtyard Begijnhof, or you’ve conquered the lines for a cookie at Van Stapele, it’s wonderful to visit this small art market while you’re there.
This is another Sunday market. It’s held from March to December from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
This weekly market is closed during January and February. However, it might open some Sundays in February if the weather permits.
Stamp and Coin Market Amsterdam (Postzegelmarkt en Muntenmarkt)
It’s hard to imagine that on one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam’s city center is a quiet stamp and coin market. But it’s true.
Just behind the Palace on Dam Square, Amsterdam’s Postzegelmarkt is a quaint collector’s market.
This Amsterdam market thrives even though collecting stamps is on the decline overall.
Traders and collectors meet twice weekly (which here is often the same thing). It attracts traders from all over the Netherlands.
And beyond the market, nestled in the adjacent houses and along the Rosmarijnsteeg alley, are more hidden gems: old, dimly-lit shops specializing in stamps, coins, telephone cards, and postcards.
Like you’re transported back to another time. To me, it is always a little bit like Harry Potter. You’ll never spot this area when you’re not looking.
The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Getting there is easy. It’s less than a 10-minute walk from Central Station, or take any tram and then exit at the Dam Square stop. Trams on the right side of the station (back towards the station facing the city center) stop a little closer than the tram departing on the left side of the station.
If you can’t find it, here is a more precise address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280.
With 1750m2 (19,000 sq ft), this is Amsterdam’s largest indoor antique, curiosity, and bric-a-brac market. A perfect indoor alternative to the outdoor Waterloopplein market.
It’s open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays).
It looks like a store from the outside, but it’s a market indoors with many individual sellers offering their products.
This is where you’ll find various old (looking) trinkets ranging from furniture, glassware, ceramics, prints, paintings, gold and silver.
There is even an indoor cafe.
You can quickly reach the Antique Center with tram 17 (stop Elandsgracht). Tram 17 is the same line taking you to the Ten Kate Markt, the Foodhallen, and the Hall art center, just a few stops further.
A Word About The Non-Existing Westermarkt
So many blogs, even Amsterdam blogs, have this wrong. There is no such market as Westermarket. This is an incorrect name/location.
I am always surprised when you look up Amsterdam markets. You’ll often find one in the list called Westermarkt.
Westermarkt does exist, and it is a square. But it is not a market. Even local Dutch blogs, including one for Amsterdam, make this mistake.
It’s square in front of the Western church and tower, and there are three food stalls here (fries, fish, and souvenirs), but it’s by no means a market.
They most likely mean the Westerstraat market, which has over 150 stalls. It’s a 10-minute walk from the Westermarkt location they mention.
The Westerstraat market is mainly a fabrics market called “Lapjesmarkt” in Dutch, but you’ll also find vegetables. It’s not a tourist market, but if you’re in the neighborhood, you can take a look.
It’s held only on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Street Food Markets in Amsterdam
There aren’t particular Amsterdam Street Food Markets in the city. The reason is that street food in this city is usually sold at regular food markets or individual food stalls.
So, while Amsterdam has non-particular street food markets, plenty of street food can be had!
Head to the Albert Cuyp Market, The Lindegracht Market, Dappersmarkt, the Ten Kate Market, or any other, and you won’t be disappointed!
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Amsterdam is beautifully decorated during December. Highlights are the many lights in the shopping streets, the trees along the canals full of light, and the magical Amsterdam Light Festival.
But what Amsterdam is NOT known for is its Christmas markets. There is a small one, free to access, at Museumplein every year up to Christmas.
I was not impressed when I visited it this December in 2023, on the day before Christmas.
A fun Winter Paradise is yearly at the RAI convention center (metro stop line 52 Europaplein). It’s paid, but once inside, most attractions are free. But food and drinks are notoriously expensive inside.
For visiting Christmas markets in the Netherlands, I recommend the Haarlem Christmas Market (only one weekend in December) and the The Hague Royal Market.
The best Christmas market is the fantastic Valkenburg Christmas market. For that, you have to travel about 3 hours south to the small town of Valkenburg near Maastricht (there is a train).
What makes that market special is that it’s held underground in caves! Make sure to get your tickets in advance because it’s popular, as you can imagine.
This has been a long post because Amsterdam has so many markets. And honestly one the best shopping experiences you can have in my opinion, both indoor and outdoor.
Here is a short summary (but read the whole article for many more gems):
- The Albert Cuyp market is a tourist favorite and a must-visit. The best experience is with this self-guided food tour.
- If you’re looking for a more local experience, you won’t be disappointed visiting the Ten Kate Markt or the Dappersmarkt.
- Not into food markets? Then Oudemanhuispoort and the markets on Spui are a must-see.
- My favorite markets are on Saturdays when the Noordermarkt Farmers Market (just gorgeous) and the large Lindemarkt are side by side.
Have a wonderful time in Amsterdam.
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