Open-air markets are a great place to get most, if not all, of your edible, consumable needs in Amsterdam. They are where you will often find the freshest produce, the widest variety of international meats and cheeses, the most impressive selections of breads and other baked goods at an amazing value. Markets are a common phenomenon in Amsterdam, and some are quite specialised, like the farmers- or biological- market that is open on Mondays and Saturdays and offers all kinds of organic products, as well as other (often) crafted and varied items for use and display.
Markets are generally comprised of relatively small stalls, where merchants interact individually with their customers, responding to requests made over the counter. Generally, when you are purchasing food items, there are set prices for the weight of the products that you buy, which are generally lower than those you’ll pay at the supermarket. In this situation, there is not much point in bargaining over the cost. However, since many markets offer a great mix of products, you might find some vendors whose merchandise speaks to this varied offering; if you are purchasing larger items, like furniture, in addition to smaller items, there are certain times and places where a you might recognise a bargain to be made.
Amsterdam Open-air Markets
Albert Cupy Markt
This is notably one of the largest and most popular markets in the city, with over 300 stalls that offer everything you could imagine in relation to food, spices, household needs, clothing, cosmetics, flowers, cakes, sweets and more.
Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 Amsterdam
Monday – Saturday 9.30-17
(on the Noordermarkt)
Boerenmarkt (op de Noordermarkt)
Where there used to be a bird market now stands a delectable fresh food market. Here, you will find biological products along with scrumptious treats that you can enjoy in the serenity of the Jordaan and ambiance of others who have come to enjoy the sounds, tastes and smells of this unique market. The Farmer’s Market is well-known for their organic and natural cosmetics as well as the hand-made jewelry.
Noordermarkt, 1015 Amsterdam
Next to the farmers’ market, every Saturday, you will come across another market, running approximately 230 stalls along the Lindengracht. This is one of the busiest markets in the city, as it is where many Amsterdammer’s flock on Saturdays to purchase their fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. This market offers delicious ranges of all of these products – as well as many others, including furniture, cosmetics, clothing, household goods, pet supplies, art supplies and more. Nonetheless, you will understand why it is the food that brings most people to this market, once you have come and seen it for yourself!
Lindengracht, 1015 Amsterdam
In the east, you will find this market, which is open every day and offers everything from basic household needs to fresh fruits and vegetables. A great variety of spices and Turkish products can be found in this market. What makes this of note is that it is recognisably one of the cheapest places in the city to purchase nearly all of your produce, and much of your other edible necessities.
Dapperstraat, 1093 Amsterdam
Monday – Saturday 9-16