No city break is complete without a visit to the local flea markets of which Amsterdam has many.
Most of these operate six days a week, some only weekly and others only occasionally and none match London's Camden town or Paris' Marché aux puces, but all are worth a visit to pick up a bargain or something cute for your mum that you won't find in the high street shops.
Most of them open during normal business hours but many stalls do not set up if the weather is bad or the entire market may close if it gets too windy and stormy.
Amsterdam is notorious for pick pockets so remember to keep an eye on your personal belongings while you browse, as markets tend to be pick pocket heaven.
Amsterdam's biggest and best daily market is located at Waterlooplein right in the city centre and only a few minutes walk from Dam Square. It opens from Monday to Saturday strangely enough closing on a Sunday, which in other cities is often a markets busiest day.
Most of the other markets are walkable from the centre or easily accessible by tram.
Waterlooplein Flea Market
Location: Waterlooplein, 1011 PG, 10 minutes walk from Dam Square or hop on a tram number 4, 9, or 14 which all stop beside the market
Open: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm; Saturday: 8.30 am –5.00 pm.
The largest flea market in Amsterdam is the Waterlooplein outdoor market with around 200 stalls with general bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs, furniture and electric appliances, second-hand and some new clothing and shoes.
The market also has a couple of food stalls selling cheese and nuts and a few takeaway stands one selling chips, another pancake rolls and another with Dutch snacks.
There are also some shops surrounding the market place, an organic supermarket, second-handshops, The Coffee company, a pub, a newsagent a shop catering to cats and a bike rental shop.
In the Waterlooplein area, you will also find the famous Bluebird coffee shop, The Jewish Museum and the Rembrandt House
Location: Albert Cuypstraat/Ferdinand Bolstraat
A 30 minute walk from Dam square , 6 stops on tram 16 or 24 or rent a bike and cycle it in 10 minutes
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Closed Sunday)
This huge street market with shops on both sides behind the stalls has a bit of anything and everything , so though it is principally a market catering to the local fruit and veg, meat and cheese demands, it also has lots to interest and delight the tourist.
Along with the food stalls, there are also numerous clothing stalls and shops , antique and curios outlets together with loads of stalls selling Dutch treats like Poffertjes (mini pancakes) freshly made Wafels and Loempia (pancake rolls).Well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.
In this area, you will also find the Heineken Experience, a museum to this famous Dutch export, housed in the former brewery.
Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)
Location: Singel, 1071 AZ
A 10-minute walk from Dam Square or 2 stops on tram numbers 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25
Open: 7 days - 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (some stalls close Sunday)
The world's only floating flower market with about 20 stalls on the canal selling, yes, you've guessed it......flowers!
The stalls also sell, seeds, bulbs and souvenirs.
Bulbs can be shipped world wide with heath certificates supplied for USA/Canada.
In this area, you will also find Kalverstraat, one of the city's main shopping streets and Rembrandtplein, home to a legion of bars,
clubs and restaurants.
Antiekmarkt De Looier
Location: at Elandsgracht 109, 1016 TT
Tram: Elandsgracht: trams 7, 10, 17 and 20
Open Monday-Wednesday 11am-5pm, on Thursday from 11am-9pm and Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
One of the few enclosed markets in Amsterdam so the weather is not a problem.
Sells antiques, art, curios, jewellery, clothing, furniture, silverware, general bits and bobs.
Small market with about 70 stalls but some nice items.
Location: Dapperstraat, 1093 BT Amsterdam
Trams :Eerste van Swindenstraat line 9 Bus: 22
Open: Monday to Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
One of Amsterdam's oldest markets , voted the best market in the Netherlands in 2006 and 2007 and included in National Geographic as one of the worlds top ten shopping streets , Dappermarkt , though not principally a tourist market is well worth a visit.
A little like the Albert Cuyp market in that it supplies the fruit, veg and flower needs of the locals and it also has shops behind the stalls, this colourful, authentic, multicultural Amsterdam street market with over 200 stalls.
Catering to the city’s Moroccan, Surinamese and Turkish inhabitants, it attracts visitors from all over the Netherlands with itslow prices and wide range of food, clothes and exotic goods from all regions of the world,
Here you are as likely to hear Pakistani or Arabic spoken as you are to hear Dutch and you are absolutely sure to find a bargain.
Spui Art market
Location: Spui, about 5 minutes walk from Dam Square
March to December , Sunday 10-18.00
The Spui art market is really worth a look with many of Amsterdam's professional artists presenting and selling their works here. If you want to bring home some affordable Dutch art, this is your chance.
There is another much smaller art market on Rembrandtplein on Sunday from April to October.
Boekenmarkt (Book Market)
The book market at The Spui offers 1000's of English and Dutch books for sale. There are about 20 stalls full of books, cards, maps, engravings
Location: Spui Straat
Trams 1, 2, 5 or walk 5 minutes from Dam Square,
Open: Fridays 10 am to 5ish pm
Another bigger book market is located at the Oudemanhuispoort open from 11am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
Small but come interesting items.
Specialising in Second-hand clothes, furniture, shoes and jewellery
Located: Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB
Trams: Westermarkt: trams 13 & 17 or Marnixbad: tram 3 & 10
Open daily: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm (‘till 4:00 pm in summer)
Poszegelmarkt (Stamp Market)
A small stamp collector’s market.
Specialising in Stamps, old postcards, coins, old medals
Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 280, 1012 RL
Tram: Het Spui: tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 & 20
Open: Wednesday and Sunday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Nieuwmarkt Square Markets
Nieuwmarkt has several markets all year round.
Dailysome stalls are selling fresh veg, fish, flowers, jewellery and a few others including a hamburger and snacks diner during the winter months and the summer, he switches to a juice bar selling cold shakes and more.
Saturday'sthe organic farmers market takes place. All the produce is free range/home grown / home made or organic. Great bread stalls and fresh juices as well as many other stalls
Another farmers market is located at Nordermarkt; this offers a great range of produce from organic coco nibs to organicSpirulina and all sorts of other organic items.
Sundays (May - Oct)
A small version of the Waterlooplein market. Because Waterlooplein is not open Sundays many of the stalls set up on Nieuwmarkt, Some good items and a few bargains to be had.
Monthly (May - Oct)
Record and Cd fair. Around 50 stalls selling every type of music in every format.
If you're looking for that golden oldie, you never know. 1000's of 45's also on sale.