It is a well-known and accepted fact that the stores in Amsterdam ensure a wide range of shopping experience to tourists who are going on private Amsterdam walking tours for the first time in their life. However, several tourists often fail to realize that the outdoor markets in the Dutch capital are the ideal destination for the ones who love to shop in the open air for books, art pieces, food, flowers, and more.
The opportunity to find unique, rare, and unexpected objects and the beautiful neighborhood atmosphere of Amsterdamian markets will instantly make you fall in love with them. The pleasure of enjoying a waffle and hot chocolate or delicious snacks on a sunny fall day just like a native will make your Amsterdam tour a lot more unforgettable. If you are planning to tour Amsterdam, then try to visit at least a few of these famous markets before ending your tour.
Albert Cuyp Market
If you are a person who loves the busy and bustling atmosphere of markets, then head straight to the Albert Cuyp Market. Only a few tourists are aware that this open-air street market is approximately 100 years old. While walking through the elegant streets of this market you will be able to find more than 300 vendors selling flowers, meats, fish, vegetables, bike accessories, shoes, clothes, cosmetics, and more.
Bloemenmarkt, which is popularly known as the floating flower market of Amsterdam, is the ideal destination for flower lovers. Most of the stalls in the flower market are literally floating on houseboats, which is a sight you do not want to miss when you are visiting Amsterdam. Tourists from all over the world visit Bloemenmarkt to see thousands of different colored blooms and to purchase the famous Dutch bulbs.
The endless tents and tables with an excellent collection of antique and used books are the major highlight of Amsterdam’s Spui Book Market. You can find books on fantasy, art, history, geography, psychology, and more in this market. Even though most of the books are in Dutch, some stores in the market do sell famous international and English books at cheap and affordable prices. In addition to that, Amsterdam’s Spui Book Market features stores that sell antique records, prints, and maps.