Shopping in AmsterdamThe city of Amsterdam features a large number of open-air markets including the Albert Cuypmarkt, Westermarkt, Ten Katemarkt, and Dappermarkt.
The Albert Cuypmarkt is by far the biggest and busiest market in Amsterdam; named after landscape painter Albert Cuyp (1620-91), whose paintings are in the Rijksmuseum. The Albert Cuypmarkt is legendary for its variety: aromatic stalls selling Dutch cheese, olives, herbs and spices, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Clothes and other general goods are on sale too, often cheaper than anywhere else. The surrounding area teems with cosy cafes and eateries, many with an exotic flavour as well as and stylish shops and bars. If you want to experience the ‘real’ Amsterdam at its multicultural best, the Albert Cuypmarkt is definitely the place to be.
The Dappermarkt was voted best market in the Netherlands 2007/2008, and is generally considered to be Amsterdam’s most affordable and most multicultural market. Here you can sample exotic foods, try on a funky dress, or buy some bread and cheese for a picnic in the park!
If you are looking for good food, head to the Boerenmarkt (farmers market) on Noordermarkt and Nieuwmarkt. Taste your way through handcrafted cheeses, homemade herb pestos, breads, pastries, all-natural home products, specialty mushrooms and artisanal baked goods. Or if flowers are your thing, get yourself down to the Central Canal District to the Bloemenmarkt (flower market). This canal-side alley is just spectacular: full of blooms, bulbs and plants. No matter what time of year, the stalls create seasonal scents and a lush rainbow of choices.
The Waterlooplein, Noordermarkt and Westerstraat Market offer a myriad of stalls ranging from toys to antiques, collectibles to textiles and vintage clothes, while the more specialised markets include the Spui Book Market and the Postzegelmarkt (Stamp Market).
- Also see our Shopping in Amsterdam guide