Amsterdam is home to a variety of markets, from the vintage clothing and antiques market at the Noordermarkt, to the massive flea market at the IJhallen, to big and small foods and goods markets all over the city.
Organic food market
On the Nieuwmarkt there’s an organic food market with organic local produce such as vegetables, bread and pastries.
Centrum, Every Saturday from 9.00 to 16.00.Metro Nieuwmarkt
Spui Art Market
Near Begijnhof on the Spui square is a small open air art market where Dutch and international artists show their work. Paintings in oil and acrylics, water colours, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery Art Plein Spui offers the opportunity to buy directly from the artists, without galleries or museums being involved.
Centrum, every Sunday.
Art, fashion and design Market at the Westergasfabriek
Every first Sunday of the month, artists present their art, fashion and design products at the Westergasfabriek
Westerpark, from 12 to 6 every first Sunday of the month
Vintage & second hand clothes Waterlooplein market
The Waterloo square (Waterlooplein) hosts not only a bric-a-brac market but also lots of cheap new and second hand clothing and jewelry
Centrum, closed on Sundays. Metro Waterlooplein
IJhallen Flea market
Every month, the IJhallen (part of the former NDSM wharves- situated outside the center and a ferry ride away,) host the biggest fleamarket in the city. Art, toys, vintage clothes, antiques, stamps, books, postcards and probably a million other things I can’t even imagine.
NDSM-werf, Noord every first weekend of the month. Ferry NDSM-werf (free)
Oudemanhuispoort Book market
A personal favourite: a roofed book market in the wonderful passageway Oudemanhuispoort (old men house gate) at my Alma Mater, the University of Amsterdam. Named after the surrounding buildings, which used to be guest houses for the elderly. After 6 p.m. the booksellers lock up their books in the special cabinets that have been created for exactly this purpose in 1857.
Centrum, open every day.
Spui Book Market
Spui is also home to a weekly book market. A great place to find books about art, photography, old maps and prints.
Centrum, every Friday.
Stamp, coins and postcard market
Charming but tiny , right in the centre is the obscure stamp market, where collectors can find all kinds of rare stamps, unusual coins and old postcards.
Centrum Wednesday and Saturday till 16.00. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 276, near Dam.
Antiques on Elandsgracht
The Amsterdam antique market at Elandsgracht is actually indoors (something to do with the weather perhaps?). They specialize in furniture, jewellery, silverware and collectables.
Centrum, Elandsgracht 109, Jordaan. Closes at 17.00. Closed on fridays
A rather large market, called the lapjes markt, specialized in textiles, bags and clothing and household goods on Westerstraat
Centrum, Jordaan, only open on Monday morning.
Second hand clothing, vintage, organic food at the Noordermarkt
The Noordermarkt, is my absolute favourite. It is situated on the beautiful square with the Noorderkerk, and it is the oldest market in Amsterdam. Lots of great second hand clothing, cheap new clothing, vintage clothes, furniture, knick knacks, flowers, plants and second hand shoes.
Coming early pays off, this market gets very crowded.
Centrum, Jordaan. Only on Monday mornings.
Foods and good Markets
Locals shop on Lindengracht market for a organic produce, flowers, household goods and clothes. The market is similar to the Monday Morning Market on Westerstraat.
Centrum, Jordaan. Only on Saturday, till 16.00.
General goods, food & flowers at the Albert Cuyp
The Albert Cuyp market, probably one of the biggest markets in town, is famous for being ‘typically Amsterdams’. It offers all the stuff and food you can possibly think of.
De Pijp, Oud-Zuid Every day, except Sunday. Take tram 16, 20, 24 or 25 or take a 20 minute walk from Museum square.
Exotic food and cheap goods on the Dappermarkt
The Dappermarkt won awards for Best market in the Netherlands in 2007 and 2008. This very multicultural market attracts a diverse crowd from all over the world and all over Amsterdam
Oost-Watergraafsmeer. Open every day till 16.00, except Sundays. Take tram 9 or 14.
Foods and goods at the Ten Katemarkt
In th Oud -West neighbourhood, the most popular market is without a doubt the Ten Kate market This local market with cheap food, goods and exotic fruits and veggies draws people from all over town.
Oud-West Every day, except on Sundays. Take tram 7 of 17.
Cheap food and goods
In an area that is mostly inhabited by Moroccan and Turkish immigrants, the Bos en Lommer market has decidedly international flavour, with an edge of Amsterdam charm.
Bos en Lommer. From Tuesdays to Saturdays. Take tram 7 or 14.