With the weather getting more summery each day, now is the time to enjoy those outdoors attractions postponed during winter months. The city markets are better enjoyed at this time of the year when the city is buzzing with more visitors, fresh attractions and clear skies.
Look no further for a selection of five Amsterdam markets that are sure to offer the best bargains, street food, organic ingredients, second hand books and basically, anything you can think of. Even dirty knackered uniform boots worn by soldiers during the WWII. Yes, really.
This travelling Sunday market celebrates the best of food and drink produced in the Netherlands and is found in different spots each weekend. Most of its goodies are food related but you can also encounter a variety of antiques, visual arts and other flea market essentials. It is a must-see for food lovers who might happen to fancy a chat with farmers, bakers and food producers as many of them find themselves working at the stalls as well. From the flavourful Dutch cheese to the good old Indian curry, you’ll find gastronomy classics here. For a full list of localities, dates and times, check out their website.
This Jordaan market has been on the city scene since the late 80’s when the owner of Winkel, the local’s favourite destination for the best apple pie in town, set up a few stalls of organic food by his shop. Nowadays, this Farmer’s Market attracts people from all over Amsterdam not only because of the quality of its groceries, but for its antiques, gifts, home solutions and cheap clothing. Also a great location to find those naughty tasty poffertjes, the small fluffy pancakes that are accompanied with either icing sugar or Nutella. Cheap and delish, probably one of the best Dutch treats out there.
Rembrandt Art Market
Located in Rembrandtplein, the square named after the master of the Dutch Golden Age, this art market displays the work of many talented contemporary artists. With so many beautiful art pieces, you’re most likely to find something to suit your taste. Watercolor paintings, digital drawings, acrylic sculptures, jewelry and photography are just some of the works put on sale by the artists of the Rembrandt Art Market Foundation every Sunday. Fish for good deals as you can buy unique pieces directly from the artists – no gallery or shop fees applied. This area is surrounded by restaurants so you can easily grab some lunch afterwards.
The chances are you will bump into this market without even realising it. So close to major Amsterdam sites such as the Red Light District and Chinatown, you need no effort to get around it. This area, known as Nieuwmarkt district, boasts a great variety of cafés and coffeeshops, which overlook The Waag. This castle-like building dates from the 15th century and was formerly used as a gate and weighing house. Nowadays, however, it hosts a restaurant. The market happens daily but for organic goodies, visit on Saturday and for great second hand books, on Sunday.
This flea market is the oldest market in Amsterdam. Close to cultural sites like the Rembrandthuis and The Hermitage museum, there’s much to see in the eastern part of central Amsterdam. Opened from Monday to Saturday, the best bargains here have to be vintage and second hand clothes. You will find stylish must-haves not only layin on the square but also around it, inside the many vintage shops. This big market, which hosts over 300 stalls, will definitely have you wandering around for a long time.
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