What is the Ij Hallen Flea Market?
This claims to be the largest flea market in Europe, and it’s held in an old ship factory in the northern part of the city. It’s not directly in the city center, but you can take one of the free ferries behind Central Station to get there, so you get to go on a scenic boat ride. The sellers range from professional flea market merchants to average people trying to clean out their closets. That being said, you’ll find a wide range of things to buy, and the prices will be just as diverse.
My Amsterdam Flea Market Experience
My wife and I have been to this multiple times, and it’s always enjoyable. She’s definitely the shopper in the family, but I enjoy seeing (and photographing) some of the more unusual things on offer. The stalls are set up inside of two different buildings, as well is outside between them. So, the outdoor area is much more enjoyable during nice weather, but there are still plenty of indoor places if it happens to be a rainy day.
Hours: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Date: Varies, but usually once a month (check the website for the schedule)
Prices: €5 for adults, €2 for children
Address: T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam-Noord
Phone Number: 0229-581598
Should You Go to Ij Hallen?
For a short answer, yes. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, I think this is a place that nearly anyone would enjoy (if they have the time to do it). The trip over there is pretty fun, the building it is housed in is unique, and it gives you the opportunity to see another section of Amsterdam. Also, there are some nice cafes and bars in Amsterdam Nord, so we often stop in there when we’re done shopping.
Arriving in the morning will give you more options of what to buy, but many sellers are trying to unload things, so they’ll be much more flexible with the price in the afternoon. Since we happily label ourselves as people who like a good bargain, we tend to be there at the end of the day, and we’ve scored some really good deals because of it.