IJ Hallen
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Katinka Q
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was the worst shopping experience ever. We took a train from Belgium to Amsterdam. We read that bargaining is normal, but when bargaining the seller only raised her price (from 25 to 50!). So our first experience was that this was a rip-off, starting from a price that is already too high for a flea market.

After accepting the starting price, the seller informed us we could only pay cash. We did not have cash on us. A friend of the seller suggested an ATM 7 km away and insisted that this is only a 30 minute walk, mocking us for thinking 7 km takes 1 hour walking.

We were then told the nearest ATM machine (at AH) was removed, but there was one near the boat. Upon arriving near the boat, we were told that the ATM near the boat was removed, but there was one at AH. The one near AH was, however, also removed, as we had already been told.

We went back, asking an employee of the venue if it is true that only cash is accepted. That was apparently the case, and it was also the case that all ATMs in the surroundings were gone. This was not indicated on the website of the Ij-hallen.

So we paid a train ticket to Amsterdam and a ticket for the Ij-hallen (1) to almost be ripped off, and (2) while not being able to actually buy anything.
Written July 27, 2022
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Leo S
New York City, NY25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
A fair selection of stalls selling some interesting items of quite a variety.
But there are other flea markets around Amsterdam and none of them charge you five euros to get in. Add insult to injury, they charge you additional for using the restrooms. I didn’t think it was worth the money.
Written January 8, 2020
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Jan van Westland
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
IJ-halls in Amsterdam. Supposedly the largest flea market in Europe with 750 stalls.

Rarely seen something so badly organized!

You know it can rain in the Netherlands. And that was also predicted well in advance.

Yet there were only ramshackle stalls. Where stall holders had to make do with a few pathetic plastic tarpaulins.

On large parts of the terrain low rain puddles that were ankle deep.

Two thirds of the stalls were therefore empty. Many of those who did come left early.

Moreover, it was not a flea market but rather a junk market. Where people tried to sell things that would otherwise have been thrown away.

90% of that was clothing, 9% was old useless pest crap and the other 1% was no cheaper than on the internet.

So what the hell would you have to pay € 5.50 for entrance.

Lots of women. So nice place to meet 🤣
Written August 6, 2023
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TheManFromHertford
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you like to rummage around second hand clothes this might be for you but nothing was high quality. There is some bric-a-brac and old furniture but it is mainly clothing.

The free ferry trip from Amsterdam Centraal station was the highlight of the outing.

Bottom line - you shouldn’t have to pay for a fairly poor retail experience.
Written January 5, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Interesting local flea market that really is a genuine flea market and not some tourist trap. A nice place to look for interesting stuff, second hand clothes, bric brac and all sorts of things. Worth a look if visiting Amsterdam North.
Written August 2, 2019
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands21,610 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Business
The flea market in and around the IJ-hallen happens only once a month for a full weekend. The weekend of 26-27 January 2019 is the next opportunity. It is the biggest flea market in Europe, organised in the huge buildings of the former NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam North. This is very much and up and coming, post industrial cultural area with a number of interesting attractions such as the rather bohemian yet professional restaurant Pllek with its own city beach. There is even a Hilton DoubleTree hotel in this location amidst the industrial remains! Can be reached quite easily with the free ferry to NDSM from Central Station.
Written January 17, 2019
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Jerry-AMS_Calling
Amsterdam, The Netherlands32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
The Ijhallen is Europe's biggest flea market. It is spread out over 2 big warehouses and the outside space between the two. All things are sold here, but for the most times we have been, it seems to be top heavy with women's clothing. Lot's of 5 Euro tables with people throwing stuff over their shoulders. It also seems light on antiques such as furniture and bigger items. But boy do they have everything else in between and it's fun treasure hunting. Basic street food is sold at portable stands, such as burgers, poffertjes, coffee & patat frites. The entrance fee is 4.50 Euros. Be aware that these warehouses have no heat, so bundle up during winter months. Also be careful when walking as every few yards you must step over concrete bumps in the floor. As you're traveling with the ferry outside the center, why not make a day of it and take in the whole NDSM Werf experience. Inside one of the warehouses is a colony of artists studios and lofts and it's fun to break away and snoop around. Also there is so much street art outdoors against the broken concrete of old warehouses and water gullies. Eat a healthy lunch at Noorderlicht Cafe, a sort of hippy/hipster spot or at Pllek which is known for its organic food and outdoor beach. Look up at the Faralda Crane Hotel. Yes, there are 3 hotel suites, an outdoor jacuzzi and a bungee jumping platform built into the converted crane. Rounding things out are the Ij Kantine Restaurant, Brood Cafe and Veronica Boat which was an old pirate radio boat. Get an impression of everything in our video here:
youtu.be/tIFs-MeE7K8
Written November 24, 2015
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TorchSongTango
Swansea, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
There are several good flea markets in Amsterdam, but this is the one I would not miss. To get there you take a short, fun ferry ride from the main train station, then follow the locals. It was huge and the real thing. Tons of old stuff, fun stuff, treasure, slightly used clothes, books, antiques. Some dealers, but also plenty of people just clearing out their stuff, so it was a good mix. The prices were also a mix, from cheap to high-end, but a lot of affordable finds. We also enjoyed a break with coffee and Dutch pancakes in brown paper, hot off the grill. So, get up early, take plenty of shopping bags, and enjoy.
Written December 20, 2014
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mahanobolish
York, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
The journey from Centre was hassle free and also free ! one boards the ferry from behind the Railway Station and cross over to the other side ..possibly only 5 to 10 minutes. The market is housed in a huge warehouse and goods are plenty and also varied. There are some food vans too both inside and outside. To pay for the toilet after and admission fee was not okay. The sellers were friendly and we could also haggle. They didn't seem to be upset over that.
Written October 19, 2016
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Michael S
Edmonton, Canada198 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This was an interesting market in that a lot of locals support it. Younger crowds definitely focusing on clothing. Interesting market in that it did not have new, cheap junk for sale. Truly was a flea market. Enjoyable day breezing through the stalls. Watch your footing, as surfaces in the old industrial building are uneven. And yes, we did purchase a couple of keepsakes!
Written October 6, 2016
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