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Waterlooplein Market

behind the Amsterdam Townhall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Binnenstad)
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Ranked #31 of 115 shopping in Amsterdam
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: This is Amsterdam's bustling flea market with more than 300 stalls of merchandise offering a wide selection of items from secondhand clothing and... more » Owner description: This is Amsterdam's bustling flea market with more than 300 stalls of merchandise offering a wide selection of items from secondhand clothing and antiques to leather coats and shoes. « less
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Not sure what people expect? This is simply a market, not something specifically set up for tourists. Made a few purchases and was more than happy with the prices which were MUCH cheaper than on the main tourist streets..... Yes, it's full of quirky different stuff, but that was really quite interesting.

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Wales
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

This market reminded me of a car boot sale. The odd interesting item, but a lot of rubbish. As you walk through it smelt of old musty clothes.

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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I agree 100% with a reviewer who titled this market a " junk backyard sale" . I would like to add "the end of the day of a junk backyard sale". As per the Albert Cuyp Market this market has seen much better days. Most of what is sold is simply disgusting/revolting, the kind of stuff you find inside garbage... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
54 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My fiancee and I took a walk through the Waterlooplein market on route to the Heineken experience and see what it was like. The market itself is huge with loads of different stalls all set up selling everything from clothes to cheese. It would probably be great if you we local and stayed nearby but for a tourist it was... More

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Pola de Siero, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This market is awesome, caters most needs. Possible to pick up a large variety and at good prices. While living in Amsterdam I frequently came to this market.

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Beverley, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We had a nice walk through from the station tot he Waterlooplein market. It is as you expect a mixed range of stalls selling alsorts of things - much of which you will not want to buy! There's are some interesting stalls too so I would suggest a walk throughout the market and se what you can pick up. Try... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Had high hopes for the market but was a real let down. Was just lots of stalls selling old second hand items. Nothing special, would advise to give it a miss.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I like waterlooplein Market a lot. There's so many hidden gems lurking between its stalls and chasing them down is a nice way to pass a day. You'll find vinyls, vinyl players, arts and crafts stuff, tons of junk and lots of vintage clothing. The coolest place is a vintage clothing stall run by Tom, an ex-German soldier. Make sure... More

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Lugano, Switzerland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We read about it being one if not the most important flea market of AMS but after we saw it I must admit I've seen better and bigger stuff. maybe it's unfair to compare it to other flea markets but this is quite small and not impressive. It's a market like others and the hype around it (lonely planet guide)... More

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Hong Kong, China
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176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

first entered the waterlooplein after a 20 minutes walk from the amsterdam centraal station, it was an alley full of bookstands, however as you go deeper you will see people laying down stuffs for sale on a picnic like cloth or inside a suitcase, with used shoes, clothes, second hand musical instruments etc. good place to go if you have... More

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