By Scott Roane
As the weather starts to pick up, a great way to discover more of Amsterdam than the popular central area, is to take yourself on a tour of Amsterdam’s lesser-known markets. As well as seeing various parts of the city, including some of its nicest squares, you’ll also sample a taste of everyday Dutch life, the typical foods that people eat – such as raw herring and the fried white fish called Kibbeling – and get to interact with the stall holders (nearly all will speak English to a reasonable level). As the markets appear on different days of the week, here’s a quick overview of my personal favourites.
Puur Markt, Park Frankendael (Amsterdam Oost/East)
A specialist market selling organic foods and produce, and regional specialities such as Dutch oysters, wines, beers and cheeses. Many of the stalls have tables so you can sit and enjoy an open-air lunch and there’s often entertainment and a special area for children.
Last Sunday of the month 10.00-17.00
Antiekmarkt De Looier, Elandsgracht 109
Antiques and curios market – and one of the few covered markets in Amsterdam. It deals mainly in furniture, jewelry, silverware and collectables.
Daily except Friday: 11.00 – 17.00.
Art Plein Spui, Spui Plein
Where artist sell their works direct to the public. Expect original prints and small oil paintings.
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00 (closed winter)
Waterlooplein Flea Market, Waterlooplein
The city’s top flea market comprises 300 stalls full of curios, general bric-a-brac, second-hand clothing, CDs, DVDs, domestic appliances and an assortment of brand new and used goods. Speciality: Second-hand clothes, curiosa
Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.30 ; Saturday: 8.30 –17.30
Westerstraat Market, Westerstraat
Great market for clothes and small objects. Products from bankrupt shops are often sold here, resulting in a few real bargains! There’s also a small flea market near the church on the Noordermarkt. Speciality: Clothes and shoes (often by big names in fashion), small objects, general goods, textiles.
Monday 9.00 – 13.00