Where to Go Shopping: Markets in Amsterdam and Beyond

Amsterdam Markets

Before Covid-19, Amsterdam markets used to be crowded, bustling places. Now stalls must be spread out, and many vendors are operating with fewer stalls. Check the market status before visiting, and be sure to follow current government guidelines for the coronavirus.

  • Albert Cuyp Markt — This famous market is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00. It is one of the largest markets in Amsterdam, with produce, flowers, food vendors (fresh stroopwafels and Belgian waffles, yum!), clothes, household goods and more.
  • Dappermarkt — With over 250 stalls that offer fresh produce, clothes, plants, and specialty foods, this market is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00 on the Dapperstraat in Amsterdam East.
  • Flower Market — Floating on the Singel canal, there are probably more souvenir stalls here than flower stands these days. It is open daily for your shopping pleasure, Monday through Saturday 9:00 - 17:30 and Sunday 11:30 - 17:30.
  • IJ-Hallen — Located in Amsterdam Noord, this is “Europe’s largest flea market.” Unique products such as home furnishings and clothing are offered, but it’s a good excuse to take the free ferry from Central Station. There is an entrance fee to the market, however.
  • Museum Market — Usually held on the third Sunday of the month from 10:00 to 18:00 on the Museumplein, this market has lovely, quality goods and international food stands, too. 
  • Noordermarkt — Three markets in one! Open on Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00, the Noordermarkt offers antiques, decorative objects, art, textiles, books and more. There is an organic market, as well, with food and goods, and the Lindengrachtmarkt has fresh fish, flowers, fruits and more. The Noordermarkt is also open on Monday from 9:00 to 13:00.
  • Pure Markt — This market travels between three Amsterdam parks (and occasionally Hilversum) every Sunday from March through November. Most stalls are food-related, and the other 30% are a mix of home, lifestyle, fashion and accessories. 
  • Sunday Market at Westergas — This is a great market for art, fashion and design. There are places to eat indoors and out, and there is live music. Set within the Westerpark, it makes a great outing for the entire family. Open the first Sunday of every month from 12:00 to 18:00.
  • Ten Kate Markt — This market is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00 in Oud West, next to the Food Hallen. Stalls sell produce, flowers, freshly prepared food, household goods, and other products.
  • Waterlooplein — The oldest flea market in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands) is located near Amsterdam City Hall and takes place Monday through Saturday from 9:30 to 18:00. It features a truly eclectic mix of junk, treasures, and everything in between.

Markets near other AWCA areas

Haarlem There’s an organic market the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 15:00. The Grote Markt takes place on Monday and Saturday from 9:00 to 16:00. It’s got a bit of everything: food, flowers, household goods, etc. 

You’ll find the Botermarkt on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, generally from 9:00 to 16:00, and each day features different products. Second-hand and vintage clothes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays feature books and antiques, and a wide variety of organic wares are for sale in the farmer’s market on Fridays. On Saturdays, it becomes a general produce market with a wide range of flowers, vegetables, fruit, cheese and bread. 

For occasional markets (special antique markets or Christmas markets) in Haarlem, you can check Haarlem’s special market page.

Heemstede has a market each Wednesday from 9:00 to 16:00 on the Valkenburgerlaan.

‘t Gooi and Nearby

Amersfoort — There are several markets in this lovely city.

Baarn — The Brink market is open on Tuesday from 8:30 to 14:00 and offers fresh fish, bread, produce, prepared foods, and home goods.

In Bussum, market day is every Thursday from 8:00 to 16:00 on the Wilhelminaplantsoen. Market Day in Naarden-Vesting is on Saturday from 7:00 to 13:00 at the A. Dortsmanplein. Great to combine with shopping at the quaint boutiques on the adjacent Marktstraat!

Hilversum — This twice-weekly market (Wednesday and Saturday, from 8:00 to 16:00) is an easy 5-minute walk from the main Hilversum train station. It offers cheeses, bread, fish/meat, produce and delicatessen items as well as other typical market products, such as clothing/textiles, flowers and household goods.

Utrecht On the Vredenburgplein there is a farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and an organic farmer’s market on Fridays. The oldest flower market in the Netherlands is every Saturday from 8:00 to 17:00 at the Janskerkhof. There is a massive fabric market (lapjesmarkt) every Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00 on the Breedstraat (for everything from clothes to curtains and upholstery). For more information on exact locations and times, visit Gemeente Utrecht.

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