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Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam’s Floating Flower Market

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.

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

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.

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

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!)

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

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.

Bloemenmarkt: Amsterdam's Floating Flower Market

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!

Bloemenmarkt: Website
Address: Singel 610-616, 1017 AZ Amsterdam

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    Bonnie Rose
    September 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Wow the colours are amazing! I would be on sensory overload with my camera. I must get here one day! Beautiful photographs! x

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    stephanie
    September 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    That looks like my heaven! I love flowers and pouring over bulb and seed catalogs. Yes, I am a full on botany nerd :)

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    Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
    September 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    this is breathtakingly beautiful! I would love the float up and down the rows one day

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    Katrin
    September 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Beautiful pictures! It is so colorful! I have been to that market too, without buying anything though. But I guess next time I have to pick up some beautiful flower seeds!

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    Jo
    September 3, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    So, what did you buy?

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    Isa
    September 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    The colors are gorgeous! I’m hoping to visit Amsterdam on my next trip to Europe… we’ll see! Adding it to the list!

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    Tammy Chrzan
    September 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I would have ran there!

    Seriously, I love flower markets and these photos are just wonderful, I’m so glad you did a piece on the market, I didn’t know they had the only floating flower market, I would have thought that there were some in Asia, but I’ve never been to either place so I would be thrilled just to be able to enjoy one!

    So. What DID you bring back as a souvenir? :)

    Happy Labor Day!

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    Daisy
    September 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Hi Sarah, I just came across your blog and just had to add myself to your followers! Your photography is beautiful, looking at all those photos of amazing places makes me feel like I’m travelling too! Oh how I could do with a holiday :)

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    Becky {This Is Happiness}
    September 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Gorgeous pictures! Excited to follow!

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    Gina
    September 4, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    You know I would have been there!!! Gorgeous photos! I am loving your posts on Amsterdam ~ now I know where to stay, eat, and visit. The floating flower market will definitely be on my list of things to see when we go. Beautiful!

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    emi
    September 4, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    such pretty pictures, i loved the netherlands when i visited! i love your blog..we are kindred travel lovers! can’t wait to follow along.

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    Meghan Kraft
    September 4, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Oh my gosh – this is so gorgeous! What a beautiful place, and your photographs are just stunning :) I’m glad you had a good time!

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    Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    September 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Lovely!

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    Nicole
    September 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous! I never knew such a thing existed. I can’t even imagine how good it smelled in there!

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    Connie Weiss
    September 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    WOW! That looks like a cool place. Weed is legal in CO now so I think I’ll grow some on my patio.

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    Sara Louise
    September 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Oh my heavens! It’s like paradise :)

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    Chelsea @ Lost in Travels
    September 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    i think my favorite thing about amsterdam are the canals. i love that they take advantage of this and have things like a floating market! how fun!

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    Kerry
    September 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    That would have been so lovely to walk through! It would have smelt divine…

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    Emmymom
    September 6, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    The last picture made me laugh– yea you might just get in trouble trying to take that one some places.
    What stunning first pictures, so many beautiful flowers!

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    Janette Johanson
    September 6, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Wow, I would love to see a place like that dripping literally in flowers!! Absolutely amazing. Did you buy anything from the vendors? I really need to spruce up on “keeping plants alive”… so pretty! I’d love to have a backyard full of flowers and things growing– well, not all things- but you know– luscious flowers..

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    Irene @ Away from Tenerife
    September 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Beautiful photos! I didn’t like Amsterdam for years but the last time I was there I enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day walking along the canals and that day really changed my opinion of the city. That day and the pretty photos I see from other bloggers every now and then :)

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    Irene @ Away from Tenerife
    September 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    p.s. Visiting the tulip fields in spring is also high on my list. After two years living in the Netherlands I didn’t manage to visit them, so hopefully next spring …

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    Mrs. Match
    September 8, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    So pretty!!

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    Autumn @ The Spirited Violet
    September 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    These photos are so dreamy- makes me wish we could go there to landscape our yard. Is the last picture an announcement that you took up a new hobby (totally joking)? It is so beautiful how the flowers are draped everywhere!

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    Rachel Matteson
    September 11, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    They have a vast collection of beautiful and colorful flowers. Wish my garden would have this great variety of flowers as it looks very attractive. Just passing by it makes my skin shiver with delight at the sight of beauty in its truest form.

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    Diana Bockus
    September 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    All I can say is “oh my gosh” talk about flowers! I would have a field day with this! haha

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