NDSM Retro Flea Market Amsterdam


If you like flea markets do not miss this one in Amsterdam.  I checked it out and it is great. Moreover I found a Flea Market Calender for you with all the flea markets in Holland in 2019 and 2020. The market in IJ-hallen at NDSM is once a month and lasts a whole weekend. It is easy to rent a market stall there.

IJ-hallen Retro Flea Market at NDSM

To get to the jumble sale (in Dutch: “rommelmarkt”) we take a free ferry behind Amsterdam’s central railway station. Today there is a raging winter storm blowing.  We seek warm shelter on the ferry. After a short boat trip we arrive at the abandoned post industrial shipyard of NDSM. Time has overtaken the industrial glory of the past. Hidden in this former industrial zone you will find theatres, urban art, underground cafe’s, galleries and weekly events. City nomads are in charge here now. One of the events they organise is the flea market that takes place every two weeks and which opens a bottom-up spectre of Amsterdam to wanderers, backpackers and luxury travellers.

Retro flea market at NDSM: Vintage watches and fur coats

The flea market offers everyone a business opportunity. Anyone can rent a market stall for €30 a day. The market is one great big pleasant surprise. You can of course find the more or less regular traders but you will also run into people with their garage sale items on display, selling grandma’s vintage clothes or their own wardrobe. Stalls specialize in pepper mills, coffee grinders and cutlery. When you are short of money and in a romantic mood you might find a well-fitting bridal dress and a flying carpet to paradise. We examined an amazing collection of fur coats. Highly suitable attire on this icy winter day. Because of the harsh weather the market’s outdoor section was postponed.

Shipyard Architecture

The market hall was once the pride of Dutch shipbuilding. The Commune of Amsterdam is developing a new zoning destination for this former industrial area. When you visit the market you enter enormous halls. Without understatement you’ll find ” the largest European flea market” right here.  And this market is in fact bigger than the markets on Portobello Road in London and at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris. Moreover they definitely only sell authentic flea-stuff items. New goods are banned from this market.

When and Where do you find the IJ hallen Flea Market on NDSM

Coming Market days: Check the Flea Market Calender of NDSM .

Address: NDSM, IJ-Hallen, T.T. Neveritaweg 15, 1033 WB Amsterdam-Noord,

By car: Ring Amsterdam (A10): afslag Oostzaan richting S118.

By bus: From Amsterdams central railway station (Amsterdam CS) ‘by bus 35, 91 or 94. Get off at  Klaprozenweg (91, 94) or Ataturk (35).

Free ferry: Behind Amsterdam’s central railway station, Ferry 906 to the NDSM-Quay. (My favourite)

Parking: Papaverweg 50, 1032 KJ Amsterdam. Free on Sundaymornings.


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Hello, my name is Joop and I am the creator/designer of this blog. Always looking for new adventures. I travelled the World and would like to travel some more. Well, that's who I am in a nutshell. Together with some friends and family we like to show the Netherlands to the World. I hope you will enjoy our blog and persuade you to visit our lovely country. Love to see you soon in Holland.

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