The Waterlooplein Flea Market can trace its history back to the 1880s when a square was built over two canals. From 1893 to 1941 it was known as the Jewish market and was the largest market in Amsterdam.
After 1941, as the result of the Nazi's persecution of the Jews, the market ceased trading. It was revived after World War II and is now one of the busiest and largest flea markets in the city.
It sells a wide range of goods including second-hand clothes, antiques, military items, books, music, and a multitude of knick-knacks. Several of the stalls have ethnic goods for sale and this adds to the ambience of the place.
It also caters for fringe elements, searching for trendy but not necessarily expensive items. A lot of the goods could be termed as junk but judging by the crowds this market attracts, people are very willing to buy the 'junk' and seem to be have a great time as well.
It attracts over 300 sellers and you are bound to find something unusual and reasonably priced. It is quite acceptable to bargain with the sellers to get the best possible price though some of the stalls will not negotiate prices.
It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Closing times can vary depending on the weather and the individual stall owner. As you would expect, it can get very crowded on the Saturday. It is centrally located, just south of the Red Light District and it surrounds the Stadhuis/Muziektheater.
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