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Vintage, Design and Flea Markets: A 3 days shopping tour in Amsterdam

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Waterlooplein Flea Market

Waterlooplein flea market amsterdam

As I usually say, “if the city has a flea market, head there first”. Well, in the case of Amsterdam, I’m glad we did not go to the Waterlooplein flea market first, because honestly it was a bit disapointing, compared to what you can find in Paris (Vanves and Clignancourt), Rome, Berlin or London.

To summarize, the Waterlooplein Flea market is simply a big outdoor bazaar with 300 stands, best for second hand clothing and full of general bric-a-brac. That’s merely all.

This flea market is traditionally the oldest market of Amsterdam (created in 1880), but paradoxically, during the last decennia, it has been connected with the youth culture. That explain why you can mainly buy here trendy t-shirts, old military uniforms, Che Guevara posters, cheap canned spray paints for the graffiti’s, objects from underdeveloped countries of Africa and Asia, old books, video’s and DVD’s, electronics, curiosa, and of course… a lot of garbage.

Visitors with a bit of know-how will quickly notice that antiques related merchants merely represent 25% of all sellers. And most of them only have some kind of bric-a-brac on retail or fake antiques (the typical engraved spermwhale teeth, sailing objects in “copper”, retro prints, etc)

If you are not in the mood of digging your hands in dirty boxes, haggling for crappy stuff or in a bit of a hurry, just dodge the Waterlooplein flea market and focus your time and energy on the other venues we listed in this revue.

  • Type: Flea Market
  • Quality: * *
  • Price: $$$
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  • Adress:  Waterlooplein 2, Amsterdam (+31 20 552 4074)