Leiden Street Market
Leiden Street Market
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Samm020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is really an old fashioned foodmarket, where the whole of Leiden roams around on Saturdays. It is not classy, like burough market in London, for it is not so much a tourist attraction, but the place where citizens go to shop. If you want the local experience: go around ten 'o clock, have a coffee at 'Van Engelen', opposite the 'Vroom & Dreesman' (V&D huge shopping centre, but not worth your time, really) and around eleven, take a walk around the market. It will be busy, and the sellers will be screaming your ears of. Have a 'vietnamese loempia' for a euro near the white bridge, buy some fruit further on, and continue your round. At the other side of the canal you can buy freshly prepared 'Haring' (the raw fish), or, if you do not dare to take on this challenge: watch the Dutchies stuff themselves with it. Take the haringstand on the corner, with the polish employees (it is usually the bussiest) This one is known as the best one among 'Leidenaren'. Something less adventurous can be bought some 20 mettres further: 'Kibbeling'. This is another snack a lot of people buy on saturdays: it is fried peaces of fish with sauce and -a bit like fishfingers- kids like it too, usually. When they hold up a plastic container with a spicemix, and start screaming something that resembles English at you, just say yes: they want to know if you want it with spices and do take it (it's paprikapowder and salt or something; not spicy at all). So, enjoy a real 'Leidse' day like this, it will take you about an hour to walk around. Not because it is such a huge market, but it is busy and people move around slowly. Don't forget to visit the little gem hidden somewhere behind te market in a narrow streat: Het Klaverblad. It is the oldest shop in Leiden, selling coffee and tea. A lot of people will know it, and if they don't: ask for a bar named Odessa, this is in the same street and also quite well known. Have fun!
Written June 11, 2009
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Dimitrios K
Leiden, The Netherlands113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Fresh produce is available in this market, however the freshly squeezed fruit juices which include blood orange and strawberry make this market stand out by giving it a unique twist.
Written April 30, 2015
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
On Wednesdays and Saturdays along Nieuwe Rijn canal where it has been for ages for a reason. Farmers used to transport their produce by boat to the center of Leiden. If you cycle through the Leiden hinterland you can still observe the ingenious system of waterways that used to compose Holland's 16th century transport system. It was hardly possible to go from A to B over land and certainly not with a load. You would get stuck in some marshy piece of land somewhere.

At the time the center of Leiden was virtually one big marketplace with designated spaces for different goods. Some names of canals still are referring to it: boter markt, vis markt, aal markt.

The whole area is worth visiting during all days of the week as there are many cozy cafés and restaurants with friendly well-behaved 'indigenous' people. One wonders why foreigners flock to Amsterdam. For a Dutch city experience Leiden is a much better alternative.
Written August 17, 2017
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9ozepedro99
Leiden, The Netherlands299 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
This is one of my favourite markets. It is along the canals of the old Rhine. Often I visit it on Saturdays (one of the days in the week they are open).

Apart from the fruit and vegetables stalls with lots of fresh produce you can find very good fresh fish stalls (some fried fish e. g. Kibbeling, lekkerbek) and flower stalls.

All around the market there are several restaurants and cafés often with barges on the old Rhine. On a sunny day it is glorious.

Look for a food truck called Le Thi - it sells fantastic vietnamese spring rolls, it is a must.
Written June 24, 2017
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littledinosaur
All over the place48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012 • Couples
This is a wonderful market taking place on Saturdays and Wednesdays, the wednesday one being smaller in size to the saturday option. Spanning both sides of the Rijn in the old centre it really is something good to visit and pick up some thing. The market is separated into sections, with flowers/ plants and fish stands on the north side (other side to the town hall) and fabrics fruit and misc on the south side. The market is only accessable by foot so forget the car, bike parking is ample of course should you come this way. Cheese is of course in ample supply too and everything is available including some nice selections of 3 for 5€ on some stands. For those visitors from outside holland there is also a shop called Australian which does nice icecream and several terraces which stand on the banks of the rijn worth a go which you can see in front of V& D on the opposite side of the river.
Written May 23, 2012
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MaartenvanVliet
Leiden, The Netherlands4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Visting the Leiden Saturday Market in the old city center is certainly the best introduction to Leiden. Along the canals between the City Hall and the old Borough, you will not just find all fresh produce and other goods you may fancy at budget prices but also experience the authentic Leiden: the people meeting their friends in the abundant cafés, bars, and restaurants that border the market area, the old buildings, churches, museums and shops in the neighborhood. If you didn't walk the walk and bought some freshly baked fish of flowers, you can't say you have really seen Leiden.
Written November 6, 2019
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danae ts.
Athens, Greece1,998 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
You don’t have to buy necessarily something. You only need to have a walk, to taste the fantastic cheese (especially the gouda) and try a stroopwaffle !
Written November 6, 2018
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donnarolszewski
Berlin, MD14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
While farmers' markets are very common throughout Europe it must be said that this market surely ranks among the best. Shoppers can find many varieties of vegetables, cheeses, fish, meats, fruits, nuts and pastries along with many merchants selling clothing and other sundry merchandise. The market itself is housed along a prominent shopping district which provides shoppers with other options including numerous eateries. Prices are competitive and some light price bargaining can be had. The full market is open every Saturday but a smaller market is also open every Wednesday morning.
Written October 14, 2018
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a very nice market, in the middle of the town, with lots of very good food stalls in particular. Also great flowers.
Written August 15, 2017
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SusaMasa
Helsinki, Finland436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I have visited this market since a child, I liked it then and I like it now. Saturday market is best (it's bigger than the Wednesday market). There are several stalls with cheese, fresh vegetables (April - May you can find bunches of huge fresh white asparagus), fruits, fish & shellfish, flowers etc. The market spreads out on both sides of a canal. There are cafes in between the stalls, so you can stop and enjoy the atmosphere with a coffee or glass of wine.
Written April 22, 2017
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