A day at the markets

29th July 2003, Comments 0 comments

In Amsterdam, markets are a way of life. Avoid the crowds and take our tour of the city’s most renowned shopping centres.

From organic food to clothing, electronics and cleaning products — Amsterdam's markets offer a variety of goods for everyday use.

Still bustling with bargain shoppers, they have remained popular since the 1800s.

The city's first market opened in 1893 in the Jewish quarter around Jodenbreestraat. The government later forced it to move to its current home, Waterlooplien.


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World War II closed the market and although it was restored after the war, it never regained its original Jewish flare.

With over 11 permanent markets open now, some specializing in antiques, books, coins and flowers, you are sure to find something to bring home.

For more about Dutch markets, including opening times, see Amsterdam's markets.

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