Amsterdam is an amazing city for shopping, particularly if you are after vintage clothing or antiques. With close to thirty outdoor markets, vintage and antique shops across the city, and a thriving art culture that embraces the adage that ‘old is new’, you can’t go wrong in Amsterdam.
I recently took part in a campaign with KLM that compiled the best tips for vintage lovers in Amsterdam in an interactive flip book. Check it out at their website to see what I recommend, as well as discover other fantastic tips from fellow travel bloggers. You can read the ‘Amsterdam for Vintage Lovers’ flip-book here on the KLM website.
With this in mind, I have put together a more extensive guide aimed to help you discover the best markets, shops, and neighborhoods for vintage shopping in Amsterdam.
Where to go for the Best Vintage Shopping in Amsterdam
1. The Markets (Vlooienmarkten)
- Waterlooplein Market– My personal favorite, Waterloopplein Market is full of odds and ends, and occasionally a few treasures. It is the oldest flea market in Amsterdam, and once was the most important Jewish market in the city. (This ended after the persecution of Jews in Amsterdam during WWII.) A great place for vintage finds and antiques, as well as a whole lot of trash. (Waterlooplein, 1011 PG, Amsterdam)
- Albert Cuyp Market– I seriously miss visiting the Albert Cuyp for all my cheap fruit, veggies, and cheese needs. While I would recommend it first and foremost for cheap eats, you can also find the occasional vintage pop-up and gifts from Asia and Africa. (Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam)
- Noordermarkt– Every Monday stalls sell vintage clothing and accessories. Get there early, think 8am, because the piles get picked through quickly. (Noordermarkt, 1015 MV, Amsterdam)
2. The Nine Little Streets (De Negen Straatjes)
The Negen Straatjes are nine side streets in a neighborhood of central Amsterdam. They are the go-to place for boutique shopping, vintage stores, and unique gifts. Most of the vintage shops can be found on Reestraat, Wolvenstraat, and Huidenstraat- although there are a few here and there along the other six streets as well.
3. De Looier Arts & Antiques
De Looier is the largest indoor antique market in The Netherlands, and I could literally spend the entire day combing through the tables of knick-knacks inside. Whether you are looking for furniture, jewelry, clothing, or decor- it is practically impossible to go home empty handed. (Elandsgracht 109, 1016 TT Amsterdam)
4. IJ-Hallen Flea Market
IJ-Halen is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It is the largest flea market in all of Europe, and one of the coolest places to go shopping in Amsterdam. Located in Amsterdam-Noord, IJ-Halen takes place one weekend a month throughout the year. For a really fun day out, take the ferry behind Amsterdam Centraal Station (#906) and enjoy a beautiful ride before and after all that shopping. (For dates and times check out the IJ-Halen website, T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam-Noord)
5. Amsterdam Museums
The museum shops in Amsterdam have wonderful gifts, as well as vintage and antique goods for sale. While I can never afford to take anything home, it doesn’t stop me from looking. Check out the shop at the Rijksmuseum for fantastic replica jewelry found in some of the world’s most famous paintings. Seriously, who wouldn’t want the pearl earrings from the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’…
Did you know that Amsterdam has over 400 museums? The city is said to have more museums, per square mile, than any other city in the world.