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The Best Markets In Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s nightlife is as diverse as the city itself, offering everything from vibrant clubs to cozy bars where the party never stops. Whether you’re a solo traveler, part of a group, or simply looking to experience the best of what Amsterdam has to offer after dark, we’ve got you covered. Ultimate Party Amsterdam presents our curated list of the top 5 must-visit bars in the city, each with its unique charm and appeal. From lively DJ sets to cozy corners perfect for a chat, these spots are where unforgettable nights begin.

1. St Christopher's at The Winston (Belushi's)

St Christopher’s at The Winston, also known as Belushi’s, is more than just a hostel; it’s a vibrant bar and restaurant where the atmosphere ramps up as the night progresses. With a DJ spinning tracks that keep the energy high, Belushi’s offers a lively and international vibe perfect for starting your night. It’s a place where travelers and locals mingle, making it an ideal spot for solo visitors looking to make new friends.

Join our Red Light District Pub Crawl to kickstart your evening at Belushi’s with a bang.

2. Red Light Bar

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District, the Red Light Bar offers three floors of entertainment. Shoot some pool on the first floor, relax in the seating area on the second, or dance the night away in the small club on the top floor, which opens its doors for the weekend crowd. The Red Light Bar is a must-visit for those looking to dive deep into the Red Light District’s unique nightlife.

Discover our Red Light District adventures and make the Red Light Bar a highlight of your night.

3. Bar Twenty Two

Bar Twenty Two, nestled in the bustling Leidseplein, is a cozy yet vibrant spot to enjoy a drink. With a DJ setting the mood in the evening and an inviting outdoor area, it’s the perfect place to either start your night or wind down after an evening of exploration. The atmosphere here manages to strike a delightful balance between energetic and relaxed, making it a favorite among both locals and visitors.

Explore our Leidseplein Pub Crawl and include Bar Twenty Two in your Amsterdam nightlife experience.

4. Big Ben Bar

Big Ben Bar is a staple in the Red Light District, known for its sports-centric vibe with plenty of screens displaying football and other games. Beyond sports, the bar boasts music, unique paintings on the walls, and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s a fantastic spot to catch a game, enjoy some tunes, and soak in the local culture.

Experience the Red Light District with us and don’t miss out on the vibrant ambiance of Big Ben Bar.

5. Cafe De Buurvrouw

Tucked away in a small, hidden street of the Red Light District, Cafe De Buurvrouw offers a cozy escape from the hustle and bustle. Known for its friendly bartenders and intimate setting, this bar is perfect for those looking to enjoy a quiet drink while picking up some insider tips about Amsterdam. It’s small, charming, and epitomizes the warmth of Dutch hospitality.

Join our Pub Crawl and let Cafe De Buurvrouw be one of your cozy stops.

Markets are a fantastic way to get a feel for a city’s culture – they have formed the beating heart of communities for centuries and Amsterdam has some really good ones. From traditional cheese markets to international melting pots in areas with high numbers of immigrants from all around the world, Amsterdam’s markets are where old meets new.

Although you can find most big international chains in the city, for a really local shopping experience, visiting an Amsterdam markets are great places to be.

Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir (who needs a weed-themed ash tray with a Jamaican flag or clog fridge magnet when you can get something more special?) or just to try some local food, a market is where it’s at.

Luckily for visitors, the Dutch capital is full of such places and each has its own unique vibe and charms.

So, where can you find the best markets in Amsterdam?

Here are some of our favourites:

ALBERT CUYP

The Albert Cuyp Markt is situated just south of the city centre in De Pijp. This is probably the most famous market in Amsterdam and you can find almost anything here. Although the market began as a random collection of street sellers centuries ago, by 1905 it had become complete chaos and the authorities stepped in to regulate it. The Albert Cuyp Markt is reportedly the largest day time market in Europe now and is certainly the busiest in the country. Albert Cuyp is a great place to try some local food – find out more about what to try in this blog here! Or check out one of the food tours our partner We Are Amsterdam offers.

WATERLOOPLEIN FLEAMARKET 

Looking for a souvenir that’s a little different? Head over to the Waterlooplein Flea Market. You can find a wide selection of things here and, amongst the jumble, there are always a few hidden gems and bargains! From clothes to bikes and everything in between, the Waterlooplein Fleamarket has it all. Situated bang in the middle of the old Jewish district, the market has an historic feel and is close enough to the centre to make it a must-see!

TEN KATEMARKT 

If you’re staying in Oud West or just exploring this brilliant neighbourhood, head over to Ten Katemarkt for an authentically local market. It’s probably one of the best value places in Amsterdam for a spot of shopping and although it tends to feel slightly chaotic, it’s a great place to try another Dutch delicacy – Kibelling. These fried pieces of fresh cod are an Amsterdam favourite and Ten Katemarkt undoubtedly has the best in the city!

BLOEMENMARKT 

Holland is known for its tulips around the world – this country has been involved in the flower trade for centuries and even today is the major player internationaly. The Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market) is one of the most famous parts of the city and consists of little shops floating on the canal. Although flowers don’t arrive by boat daily as they did in years gone by, the Bloemenmarkt retains its incredible colour and vibrance. If you’d like to pick up some tulip bulbs so you can be reminded of your trip to Amsterdam each spring, this is the place to buy them! Just be sure to count your bulbs – there are a number of scammers who overcharge for a bag of duds!

DAPPERMARKT

In beautiful East Amsterdam, Dappermarkt serves one of the most multicultural neighbourhoods in the city. This cool market has been placed in the top 10 shopping streets in the world by National Geographic – an impressive reputation – which is understandable when you visit and are treated to the sight of food from all over the world in one place! Generations of immigrants from countries like Turkey and Morocco as well as the Dutch colonies of Suriname and Indonesia have set up stall here in the past decades creating an incredible world food market. It’s lively, colourful and a different side of the city which many tourists don’t get the chance to experience.

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