There are more than twenty daily markets in Amsterdam where locals buy everything from food to housewares, clothes or bicycles. I do most of my food shopping at the market every week and it is such a great place to find affordable, seasonal products. Amsterdam markets are a city institution and ingrained in our culture.
However, these markets are only available from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, they close down and the streets that are otherwise bursting with assorted vendors remain calm and empty. If you’ve been to one of Amsterdam’s markets while they are in full operation, you’d have trouble recognizing the same street on a Sunday.
Whether you are a local or just visiting Amsterdam, the city offers a different experience on Sunday with some of the best local products from artisan makers and vendors that range from small food producers to handmade clothes or vintage household items. In no particular order, here are eight of my favorite markets on Sunday:
1) The Sunday Market
On the Westergasfabriek, the first Sunday of every month + special editions during the summer, Sinterklaas and Christmas. Check their website for the updated agenda.
One of the pioneer markets on Sunday in Amsterdam. The selection of vendors is very impressive with a wide range of artisan food producers, clothes and household designers and one of the best line up of food trucks and carts in Amsterdam.
My advice is to go with an empty stomach because you won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying some of the excellent food to be found on site. I have a confession: I go almost every month to stock up on the Beurre Bordier (and excellent charcuterie) sold by Souvenirs de France. It’s one of the few (if not the only) place that sells this specialty butter in The Netherlands.
2) Neighbourfood Market
On the Westergasfabriek, the third Sunday of every month + special editions during the summer, Sinterklaas and Christmas. Check their website for the updated agenda.
This is the market to go for brunch/lunch/early dinner on Sunday. Dozens of food vendors, chefs, bakers and caterers offer an array of food made fresh to eat on site or to take out.
I’ve bought some of the nicest chocolates and bonbons here. There is also a well curated area of vintage vendors with clothes, household products and small furniture.
3) Pure Markt
On three different locations that change each Sunday (Amstelpark, Park Frankendael and Beatrixpark). Check their website for the up to date agenda
This market is focused on bringing producers and makers directly to consumers. Their goal is to promote artisans with small scale production, sustainable local goods and seasonal produce. There are farmers from the region offering their latest crop; cheese makers; an excellent farm to table butcher; small producers of jams, liqueurs, pickles and honey; clothes designers; makers of household products and, during the season, an excellent oyster bar (I should write about the wonder of Dutch oysters!).
4) Local Goods Market
At De Hallen, twice per month. Check the website for the up to date agenda
This market, in the recently opened De Hallen, focuses on producers from the Amsterdam region. From bicycles to clothes, handbags and furniture to sausages, chocolate or booze. If it’s made in the Amsterdam area, it has a place at this market.
Every third Sunday of the month, in the Museumplein. Check their website for the up to date agenda
This is the market for Dutch designers and artists. Locally made jewelry, paintings, photography, one of a kind clothes and household items. But also food so that you can shop and satiate your Sunday appetites!
6) IJ-Hallen flea market
In Amsterdam Noord, Second weekend every month. Check their website for the up to date agenda. Unlike all the other markets in this list, this one is not free. Currently the entrance fee is 5 Euros.
This is one of my all time favorite flea markets. It is one of the biggest in Europe with more than 700 vendors every month. This is the place to go for vintage household items, small furniture, decorations and clothes. I’d say that half of my vintage household items come from this market. I’ve bought pans (would you like to hear about my small collection of vintage pans?), crystal, Delft Blue items (would you like to hear about my weakness for vintage Dutch design?), old decorations, paintings and even an antique kilim saddle bag. My advice for this market is just one: PATIENCE. It can be daunting because it is so huge but it is doable if you know what you are interested in. It can be quite crowded so arm yourself with patience and just browse around. When it gets too exhausting, take a break at the poffertjes cart near one of the entrances. One can never go wrong with poffertjes.
7) Rembrandt Art Market
Every Sunday from mid March till the end of October in Rembrandtplein. Check their Facebook page for the up to date calendar.
A local art market with many talented artists. Painters, sculptors, ceramists and jewelry designers offer their work directly to the public. This is a great place to pick some original art and there is a wide range of prices (there are many affordable pieces from up and coming artists).
8) Antiek Centrum Amsterdam
Open every Sunday at Elandsgracht 109. Check the website for opening hours and more information.
The biggest indoors antique market in The Netherlands. There are 50+ antique dealers and, on Sundays, there is an extra area with “table vendors” (small dealers of antiques and collectors items). The selection on offer is very impressive, however, the prices reflect the quality of the articles. Unlike flea markets, this is not the place to “chase” vintage bargains but an antiques fair with porcelain, silver and mostly rare items. Definitely worth a visit for art lovers or collectors.