rooms on board of a houseboat in the centre of Amsterdam
Amsterdam's markets abound with the vibrant colours, smells and sights that define this multicultural city, meaning open-air markets are one of the best ways to soak up the local culture.
Amsterdam has a number of lively neighbourhood markets filled with food, flowers, clothes, housewares and other bits of kitsch. Open six days a week (Monday to Saturday), you can sample local snacks, pick up the daily necessities and rub shoulders with the locals at the Albert Cuypmarkt, Dappermarkt, Ten Katemakt.
Amsterdam’s best-known flea market is on the Waterloopplein six days a week. The variety of stalls almost defies definition – there's everything from spray paint and bicycle parts to vintage clothes and pillowcases.
organic Farmers markets
Whether you call it eco, bio or organic, Amsterdam has a few markets dedicated to sustainably produced products. The focus is on food, but you’ll also find everything from clothes to cleaning supplies. Held once a week: head to the Nieumarkt or Noordermarkt on Saturday,