Budget shopping is a perfect way to spend the day in Amsterdam. Well known and affordable brands are well represented in Amsterdam’s large shopping streets. But those who like shopping on a budget may want to try something different. Visit one of Amsterdam’s many markets for great deals and, of course, old Dutch ‘gezelligheid’ (a typically Dutch word related to coziness). Also, second hand shopping at flea markets is back in fashion! These budget shopping tips will help you make the most of your euros.
Discover Amsterdam’s best - and cheapest - markets with these tips, from flea markets to farmers markets.
The ‘Dappermarkt’ is a multicultural market offering everything from flowers to clothing, as well as food from all over the world. This market is the place where all of Amsterdam’s many nationalities come together. Thanks to its size (around 250 different stalls) and easy access from the Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station, the ‘Dappermarkt’ has become increasingly popular over the past decade.Monday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm.
Waterlooplein and Nieuwmarkt
Right in the middle of Amsterdam’s city centre, budget shoppers can shop to their hearts content at the Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein markets. At the ‘Nieuwmarkt’ you can do your daily grocery shopping, while the Waterlooplein market resembles something of a large flea market with almost 300 stalls with highly diverse merchandises. There’s a reason for the Waterlooplein’s rich legacy in Amsterdam! Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5pm (Nieuwmarkt) and 6 pm (Waterlooplein).
Noordermarkt and ‘lapjesmarkt’
For typical Amsterdam-style ‘gezelligheid’, be sure to make your way to the ‘Noordermarkt’ in Amsterdam’s famous Jordaan district. On Saturday, you will find a farmers market with an abundance of food items, but also antiques, clothing and much more. The market is at its best on Monday mornings. This is when the market turns into a brocante market with second hand items. When you’re here, be sure to also visit the ‘lapjesmarkt’ (fabric market) in the Westerstraat, which is right around the corner. Cheap quality products abound! ‘Noordermarkt’: Saturday from 9am to 5pm. ‘Noordermarkt’ and ‘lapjesmarkt’: Monday from 9am to 1pm.
De IJ-hallen: hip & second-hand
At Europe’s largest monthly flea market, bargain hunters will feel right at home. This second-hand market, spread across two giant warehouses is visited by many of Amsterdam’s fashionistas. These 750 stalls, which are available to rent for everyone, make for the perfect budget shopping experience. You can find anything from clothing to books to antiques. Be sure to get there early for those rare finds, or late Sunday afternoon to find the best deals. T.T. Neveritaweg 15, NDSM terrein Amsterdam - visit ijhallen.nl for entrance fees, and the next date. Extra tips for Budget shopping in Amsterdam: - ‘Sale’ in Dutch is ‘uitverkoop’. Also in use are ‘korting’ and ‘afgeprijsd’. Many stores also use the English word ‘sale’. - Bargaining is not a common practice in the Netherlands, except at flea markets. It can be worth trying to arrange a small discount, but most products will have a set price.