While chatting with the staff at our hotel, it was recommended that we visit the Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam’s floating flower market also recognized as being the world’s only floating flower market. It was just a short walk from our hotel, so we decided it would be worth our while to check it out.
The Netherlands is known for its tulips (seeing the blooming bulb fields in the spring is at the top of my to-see list!), but the Bloemenmarkt offers so much more than just this one flower variety.
The Bloemenmarkt is made up of over a dozen floating flower stalls on houseboats lining the Singel Canal between Koningsplein and Muntplein. It’s not much to see from the backside, but turn the corner and you’ll find stall after stall of fresh flowers in all sorts of seasonal varieties, along with potted plants, loose tulip bulbs, and seed packets.
The first stall was my favorite with beautiful flowers and hanging vines draped from the ceiling and more fresh flowers than I saw at any of the other stalls. It was like walking through a secret garden with every flower imaginable on display. (It’s worth mentioning that the open-air venue keeps the flower market from becoming an allergy sufferer’s nightmare!)
After the first stall, the emphasis was on the sale of loose bulbs, seed packets, bags of tulip bulbs, and typical souvenirs. This being Amsterdam, you’ll notice flower seeds aren’t the only type sold here, if you know what I mean.
As we made our way down the canal, we noticed each vendor we visited became much like the one before, so we stopped around stall number six and headed back to the main road. Just glancing at prices as we walked through, all of the stalls seemed to be fairly well-priced and comparable to the other vendors. I believe you may be able to do a little bit of bargaining here, as well, especially if you buy multiple items.
If you live outside of the Netherlands, do be careful to check airline and country regulations before you purchase any live plants or bulbs. Clearly, a lot of countries will take issue with travelers bringing home seed packets of illegal drugs (ha!), but there may be restrictions on others as well.
For another fun market to visit in Amsterdam, check out Albert Cuyp Market!
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