The Waterlooplein is a square in the heart of Amsterdam which plays host to one of the Netherlands most bustling and historic flea markets.
The market, which runs from Monday to Saturday, is comprised of more than 300 stands showcasing a vast array of products and services. Items on display range from weird and wonderful crafts, through to old military uniforms and antiques. For keen bookworms there is a collection of historic literature, and if you are feeling more adventurous, there are a number of tattoo parlors.
Perhaps the most famous products within the market are the new and second hand clothes. There is a dazzling selection suiting virtually every taste, with many famous brands being sold alongside one-off handmade creations. With so many vendors offering their wares, there are some real bargains to be had.
The square is also surrounded by several small cafes, so you can take a break from all the hustle and bustle of shopping, to have a drink and write a postcard to send home.
The market itself is steeped in history, with the original Jewish bazaar setting up shop in the square in 1893. Through the following years, the Waterlooplein market became the most prominent Jewish market in Amsterdam. This was hampered after Nazi persecution forced it to close in 1941, however, when it re-opened after the War, it quickly regained its status as a must-see attraction.
It is worth noting that, as with any popular marketplace, the Waterlooplein square can get very busy - especially at weekends. If possible, it is best to arrive early and beat the crowds.
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