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Waterlooplein Market

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Address: behind the Amsterdam Townhall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Description: This is Amsterdam's bustling flea market with more than 300 stalls of...
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.
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A nice place but maybe not for tourists

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Absoultley Briiliant. I would recommend you visit the market, with such a variety of stalls all with intrest. The atmosphere around the flea market is wonderful everybody is smiling. Bargins definatley to be had. Good surrounding cafes to stop and have a coffee or sit back on the benches and watch the cannal boats and take in the atmosphere.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

After lunch we walked to Waterlooplein to explore the famous flea market. This bustling market sells everything from Che Guevara posters to bicycle parts, and African drums to military uniforms. The busy square is named after the battle of Waterloo, and stands near to the impressive Amstel River. None of us were tempted to buy anything, unless a cone of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Great to enjoy in combination with the Jewish Museum and Synagogue. The flea market is quite typical of Europe but truly fun. Remember: someone else's junk may be your gold! New stuff too to sort through.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is a lovely flea market where residents offer souvenirs and clothing and food and bicycle parts. Take some time after you see the Rembrandt House and make a purchase of jewelry or a cup and saucer. Have fun

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

A big market with lot of old stuff and cool t-shirts. My fiance bought an old cookiejar. I was just fascinating over the t-shirt with the text "Dont drink and drive. Smoke and fly!" Didnt bought it though.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We went with no expectations but were surprised with what we found. 4 pairs of Dr Marten shoes at a steal! I guess there is always an element of surprise when visiting markets.

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Address: behind the Amsterdam Townhall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Plantage & the East

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Plantage & the East
The eastern edge of central Amsterdam provides visitors with the chance to imagine the city that Rembrandt called home (and to tour his historic house) while shopping like the thriftiest of locals at Waterlooplein’s massive flea market, or even enjoying a craft beer beside the tallest wooden windmill in The Netherlands. This verdant, serene, and stately part of town is home to Artis Royal Zoo, one of Europe’s oldest (and still best kept) zoos, and Hortus Botanicus, one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's also an ideal setting for the Dutch outpost of St Petersburg’s Hermitage.
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