One of the first things I came across when reading up on Amsterdam was that this city is famous for its many markets. You can totally avoid going to the shops and just using markets as there are so many of them and you can get there literally anything.
On our trip to Amsterdam my sister and I decided to visit a few of these markets. We really wanted to see the most famous ones: Albert Cuyp and Bloemenmarkt (and we did). On Saturday we also came across this other market – Noordermarkt – which actually turned out to be our favourite. As I think these markets are very interesting, I decided to share with you guys our experience and photos.
We also briefly visited Waterloopleinmarkt but we didn’t stay long enough for me to talk about it. The only thing I want to say is that there is an amazing Baruch Spinoza monument nearby which I love because A) it’s beautiful, and B) I geek out about famous philosophers.
Albert Cuyp Markt
Probably the most famous market there is. It’s open Monday to Saturday 9:00-17:00. There is a great variety of things – starting with fruit, cheese and spices to things like empty vintage tincans and bikes. Also many food stalls with food from different corners of the world (and one with amazing fries with soo many different sauces).
Me and my sister both liked this market a lot though it was quite crowded. That is, of course, to be expected because it is the most famous market in Amsterdam. If you don’t like big crowds and queues, this might not be for you. I’d suggest checking this market out anyway though (we bought some cheese and a lunch there) but maybe in less popular hours. We went twice and the second time we went we were there after 4 pm (the markt closes at 5) and the crowds weren’t so bad.
Another very famous market is the Flower Market. This one is open every day 9:00-17:00. There isn’t much else to see but flowers, however it is still worth going (even if you – like us – don’t plan on buying flowers). It’s a really beautiful and colourful place to be and it’s not as crowded as I would have expected.
I think of this market as more of a tourist attraction then a shopping place but maybe if you want to buy some tulips or other interesting flowers (there were so many) then I can safely say you will spend some good money here.
(A great thing about markets is that they are usually cheaper than actual shops and you can get real bargains if you’re willing to search for a while.)
We weren’t originally planning to visit this market but thank God we did. Unfortunately it is only open Monday 9:00-14:00 and Saturday 9:00-16:00 but if you are in Amsterdam on these days then I highly recommend going there.
This market is more similar to the Albert Cuyp Market but much less crowded and I think it might have also been a bit bigger. You can find there food stalls, fruit, clothes, spices, nuts, post cards, pins, jewellery, pots and pans… Literally anything. Both my sister and I have agreed that this was by far our favourite Amsterdam Market. We even ordered some poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes) and they were delicious. Plus the lady who sold them to us was the nicest person ever.
(Oh, and we got to taste some free cheese. Yay!)
These are all the markets I wanted to talk about. They are definitely an important part of Amsterdam and if you ever are in the city, go have a look at at least one of them. It’s well worth it and it was a great part of our Amsterdam experience.
Be sure to also check out my sister Nela’s instagram – she has some more photos from our trip there and she’s recently travelled to Poland as well so she has some interesting travel material to post.