Let’s talk about Amsterdam Markets. The closest market to the Hotel and the best vintage markets of Amsterdam? Start reading and plan your shopping spree!The closest market (in my opinion) is the Ten Kate markt, which is also in my opinion one of the cheapest markets to buy veggies and fruit and other food! It’s located behind the Overtoom and the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam Old West, so it’s probably only 10-15 minutes by bike. They say that if you want cheap stuff you should go at the very end of the day, because they often give veggies and fruit away for free. I never tried, but maybe it’ worth a try when you’re broke. And let us know if you got something for free haha!
The Kinkerstraat is one of my favourite areas in the city, there are also a lot of shops (it’s a little shopping area with all sort of stores like Vero Moda, Albert Heijn, McDonalds, Zeeman, Blokker, Kruidvat, etc. etc., so next to the market you can shop almost everything because of the great diversity of shops (telephone shops, drug stores, supermarkets, clothing stores, house ware stores, cheap Asian that sell everything cheap – stores etc). and the best coffee in Amsterdam is served at Lot Sixty One, also on the Kinkerstraat! And besides all this awesomeness, the Food Halls are also there… which are called De Hallen. It’s not only a massive food (market) hall, with all sort of foods and drinks but also a cinema, library and hotel. Definitely something to check out on a rainy day!
Ten Kate Markt – Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
The Albert Cuyp market is probably the most famous Amsterdam market, and is situated in de Pijp. This is the place to find ‘real Amsterdammers’ – people that talk with a certain Amsterdam accent and where born and raised here. The people that work very hard and represent the ‘typical Amsterdammer’. At the Albert Cuyp Market you find food, clothes, bike stuff, telephone stuff, flowers, etc., etc. literally everything you want you can find there, I once bought a pillow there and it was the best pillow I’ve ever had (plus is was really cheap!). I think this market also has the widest variation of traditional Dutch food to try because it’s also a touristic market but it’s a great place to try Dutch treats like a warm Caramel Waffel (Stroopwafel), raw fish, Small Dutch pancakes (poffertjes) or various Dutch cheeses…
Albert Cuypmarkt – Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
Similar to the Ten Kate Markt is the Dappermarkt in Amsterdam East. I think this market is a good place for fruit, veggies and international food and spices from countries where a lot of Dutchies original come from like Turkey, Surinam, Africa or Antillean.
Dappermarkt – Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 16.30
One of the favourite markets under the young crowd is the Noordermarkt. It’s situated behind the Haarlemmerstraat and the grachten, and it’s also my favourite market. The Noordermarkt is there on Monday and Saturday (morning) and what they sell varies on the day. Monday morning is the day for vintage shopping. Various stalls sell great vintage stuff, sometimes you literally have to dive in to piles of clothes or antiques. But it can be really cheap, so you easily buy a lot and it’s a great way to expand your wardrobe. Cheap in the sense like 3 sweaters for €12,-. There is also more expensive stuff to buy, it depends on your ability to search in the piles and your taste. Each year it’s my go to place to buy Scandinavian ‘Sara Lund’ sweaters, the really warm ones that are (if you search really good!) sometimes new and never used!! New they are super pricey, but at the Noordermarkt you can get them from €5. They also have a lot of stuff for your room and also typical vintage stuff like cards, photos, books and poststamps. Go early if you want to find good stuff. Definitely worth a visit if you’re free on a Monday morning! On a Saturday the markt transforms in to the most ‘Instagrammable market’ of the city and hipsters and cool families know this. Buy flowers, veggies, organic and raw, veggie, vegan etc. food (cakes, bread, etc.) at the market and the various stalls. Get a fresh juice to go, buy your stuff while you drink the juice and go eat the best apple pie of the city afterwards (or before!) at Winkel43, a cafe on the Noordermarkt. It’s the busiest cafe ever because it’s known for it’ famous apple pie and many people eat an apple pie as a breakfast each week when they visit the market of Monday or Saturday.
Monday 9.00 – 13.00 + Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Waterlooplein market is there 6 days a week and I’m not sure if it’s really considered a market, do you consider Camden Market in London a market? Not that it’s in any way similar… haha but it’s also a flea market with some food stalls, but don’t expect anything really fancy or nice, more like hotdogs and fries.. Waterlooplein is popular among tourists, but I must admit I haven’t bought anything there since I was a punk in my teen years… but it’s fun to check out anyways and it’s a great place to find a cheap second hand bike.
Waterloopleinmarkt – Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Looking for organic and healthy food? Go on a Saturday to the Nieuwmarkt or Noordermarkt or on Wednesday to the Haarlemmerplein.
On Sunday’s the city often has ‘pop up’ markets, and they are the best place to meet friends and fight your hang over with some gooooood food. Check out the Neighbourhood food market website and the PureMarket website for their location and dates.
On top of all the markets I just described, there are many ‘small neighbourhood’ markets where you can perfectly find buy your groceries. A full list you can find here.