(Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands)
Full of character and real life, Amsterdam's busy markets are an integral part of local life. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to one of the many indoor and outdoor markets where the variety of goods on sale is infinite, providing a great place to find bargains or just browse around the wide variety of stalls and enjoy the exciting atmosphere and local market banter.
Goods may include CDs, DVDs, clothes, antiques, plants, books, food, and much, much more. Amsterdam's bustling markets provide a fun way to shop, for both experienced and novice bargain hunters alike. Visiting the marketplaces is highly recommended for tourists in the day and also later at night, when they become some of Amsterdam's key social locations, being full of pubs and bars. Visitors should be aware that pickpockets are much in evidence at markets.
The largest market is Albert Cuyptmarkt at Cuypstraat which opens daily except Sundays all year round from 9:00 to 18:00. On sale here you will find fresh food, textiles, and inexpensive clothing and accessories together with a large range of hardware.
Waterlooplein Flea Market on Waterlooplein, is the perfect place to find a vast array of bargain goods ranging from traditional souvenirs to antiques and even erotica, and is open daily except Sundays.
The Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market), located along the Singel Canal near Muntplein, is Amsterdam's unique and famous floating flower market , where numerous stalls feature an enormous wealth of cut flowers, bulbs, plants, trees, shrubs and garden equipment of all kinds. This market provides a spectacular profusion of colour and is a must visit for all garden and plant enthusiasts.
Other markets offer good selections of antiques, art, books, stamps, coins, food and numerous other general items.