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Flower market Amsterdam

This is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam - in all seasons. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too.

This whole country is really famous for its flowers, and specifically for its tulips, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most popular free things in Amsterdam is a stroll down the block-long flower market, which is officially called by its Dutch name of Bloemenmarkt in many places.
It’s usually billed as the “world’s only floating flower market” but don’t get your hopes up in that regard because the only things that are really floating are the houseboats behind the stalls, and even then you’ll only know that when you look behind them like in this photo to the right. And if you are a flower lover then you should consider a quick day-trip to the enormous flower auction just outside Amsterdam.

What you’ll see here

There are 15 stalls and each of them is quite similar unless you are a true flower aficionado. It’s open all year, but of course the offerings of live flowers and plants are seasonal. This is a reasonably mild climate so you’ll always find a good selection, along with bulbs, seeds, accessories, souvenirs, and everything else related to the flower trade for both tourists and locals.
The Dutch genuinely do love their fresh flowers, and this market exists mostly for locals, though it’s also very popular with tourists. It’s open and reasonably busy even during January and February, so there’s plenty to see at all times of the year.

Prices at the flower market

Since it’s mostly local business, the prices are actually quite reasonable. This is an open-air market and if one place tries to charge too much, you are only a few meters from another shop that wants your business, so the competition and relatively low overhead make many things real bargains here. You can get several tulip bulbs for one euro even in small quantities, and better prices if you buy a bag of 30 or so.

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