Today Im going to talk about one of the biggest flea markets of Europe, IJ-hallen in Amsterdam noord ( the north of Amsterdam). I`ve visted it the first weekend of this month with my Italian friend Clara and we are totally in love with this market!
This event takes places only once per month, usually the first weekend and is held in two enormous warehouses . There are more or less 500 stands where you can find all kind of stuff from vintage clothing to mirrors or dolls at an incredibly cheap price. Besides some months are specialised in certain kind of products.
When I first knew about this market, I though it would be simmilar to Waterlooplein market, which is the most famous flea market in Amsterdam. However, there is no comparison possible between both markets. The undergound atmosphere, the prices, or the people that you can find at the IJ-hallen makes of this market much more authentic than Waterlooplein market,that is usually visited by hordes of tourists and where the prices are really over the top.
The entrance fee is 4 €, but the market totally worths this price, not only for the charming atmosphere that surrounds it but also the general prices are really low, you can find vintage treasures for less than 5€!! I really encourage anyone to visit this market if you have the opportunity!
We went to Central Station, where we took a free ferry direction N.D.S.M. There are ferries continuously doing this route, and you can even take your bike with you if you want to feel like a real Amsterdammer!When you arrive at the harbor it takes only a couple of minutes to arrive there, just follow the people!
Bring bags from home!!! Most of the times when you buy something they won’t give you a bag so if you go there, remember this tip because it will be really useful.
I hope you’ve enjoy the post and dont miss the opportunity to visit this amazing market!!