Top 5 Outdoor Markets to Visit in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for its world-class shopping, but if you're looking for a different sort of shopping experience, why not check out one of Amsterdam's many outdoor markets. Whether you're looking for clothing, books, food, or anything else, there is a market in the city for you. If you're not sure where to start, why not try one of these five popular options.

Waterlooplein Market
Open 6 days a week, the Waterlooplein Market is arguably the city's best flea market. With vendors selling everything from second-hand clothes to refurbished bikes, you can easily spend an hour or two walking through the numerous stalls. If hunting for second-hand treasures makes you hungry, there are also a few food stalls with delicious snacks.

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

Located in the heart of the canal belts is the Bloemenmarkt. This market specializes in flowers, seeds, and bulbs and is the best place to pick up a beautiful, yet inexpensive, bouquet of Dutch tulips. What makes the Bloemenmarkt so unique is that it is the only flower market in the world that is floating on water. That's right, each of the stalls is floating on the Singel canal!

Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Albert Cuyp Market
Located in the trendy De Pijp neighbourhood is one of the city's best-known outdoor markets. The Albert Cuyp Market is named after famous Dutch painter, Aelbert Cuyp and has been operating since 1904. With over 300 stalls selling fresh fruit, seafood, exotic herbs and spices, clothing, toiletries, electronics, and more, the Albert Cuyp Market is a one-stop shop.

Monday – Satuday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Westerstraat Market
Located on one of the biggest streets of the city's Jordan neighbourhood is the Westerstraat Market. What was once a textiles market has transformed into a large-scale weekly market selling quality clothes and shoes, sometimes from popular labels. For those looking for a great deal on one-of-a-kind clothing, this market is a must-do.

Monday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday – Sunday: Closed

Boekenmarkt Op Het Spui
This small market is a favorite among book lovers and collectors. With booksellers from across the Netherlands coming to sell their goods, it's the best place to find classics and rare books. If you don't see what you're looking for, just ask the booksellers; there's a good chance they'll be able to locate it.

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

It's important to note these are just five of the many markets open in the city daily. Amsterdam may not be the largest city in Europe, but there is no shortage of markets to explore!

Tori Holmes is a freelance copywriting and social media specialist living in Amsterdam. Born and raised in Canada, she quickly learning that her new city is full of surprises.