Do you love treasure hunting for bargains? Then head over to the IJ-Hallen fleamarket in Amsterdam Noord!
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IJHALLEN VLOOIENMARKT • THE PLACE TO SHOP FOR BARGAINS
Amsterdam’s flea market takes place once a month across the IJ in Amsterdam Noord. The huge market is held inside the giant old NDSM shipbuilding structures, and outside as well when the weather is decent. You can find almost anything: used clothing, shoes, toys, tools, antiques, kitchen supplies, hidden treasures, and tons and tons of random junk. Prices are (mostly) very low.
The IJ-Hallen Vlooienmarkt is typically held one weekend of the month and is open from 9:00 to 16:30. As all treasure hunters know, it is best to arrive early for the special scores. But even if you come later, there are still many great items to be found. In fact, sometimes the sellers start to discount their stock at the end of the day so they don’t have to take it all home.
After you have worked up some hunger or thirst shopping like a maniac, you can grab a snack at the stands located in and around the halls. You’ll find the typical items like fries, saucijzenbroodjes, hot dogs, coffee and hot cocoa. If you are craving a different kind of fare, head outside the market to Pllek or Cafe Noorderlicht.
The structures are interesting to visit even if you don’t love bargain hunting. The Nederlandse Droogdok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (NDSM) built ships here on the edge of the IJ for more than a century. NDSM went bankrupt in 1984 and abandoned the buildings. Artists and squatters then took over the area creating a hotspot of creative activity at the NDSM Wharf. Be sure to check out the many festivals and events taking place around the area. There is also a skatepark located in the rafters above the fleamarket, so bring your board if that sounds appealing.
Entry to the flea market is €5 per adult, kids are €2. To get there from Amsterdam Central Station, head out the North exit and go to the ferry docks. The free GVB ferry to “NDSM-werf” takes about 15 minutes and runs every 30 minutes on the weekends. Keep in mind the ferry can get very crowded, especially on the way back!
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