The Floating Flower Market of Amsterdam

A stroll across the canals or even a walking tour of Amsterdam offers visitors (and locals) a chance to experience many markets. Some are Saturday only, others every day, and some date back hundreds of years.

The Floating Flower Market, the only one of it’s kind in the world, is open daily. Bloemenmarkt, it’s Dutch name, dates back centuries and has been at the current location since 1883. And for any visitor, even those not too keen on shopping, a visit to the centrally located market, is a great way to spend an afternoon. Plus, it’s just minutes from the Leidseplein one of the canal city’s famous squares.

the floating flower market...

Originally, more plants and trees could be found at the marketplace, but now it’s largely flowers. The market contains approximately fifteen shops (or barges on the canal) and most ship globally.

However, many ‘souvenir’ shops also exist can seem to dominate the landscape. You can find your magnets, post cards, and other trinkets here too. But, to curb this growth and keep with tradition, the city of Amsterdam is set to limit the number of these shops and secure the flower market remains just that – a floating flower market.


So don’t worry, you’ll get to buy your Dutch Tulips or even a some cannabis seeds.

stay adventurous, Craig

this post is part of the Market Monday Series

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  • Charu

    Love this! I just learnt the art of flower arrangement last week and now am totally hooked!

  • Craig Zabransky

    @Charu, you will certainly will discover many flowers in South Africa too… thanks again for your comment
    stay adventurous, Craig

  • send international flowers

    Hello there, I stumbled onto this weblog while searching for good ideas for bouquets for a friends wedding party. You have many great photos here. What exactly are their names it is always good to know? I’d like to make use of several of them on my own floral arrangements. Thanks.

    • Craig Zabransky

      All Tulips… to me Amsterdam is all about the Tulip.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Kirsten Alana

    Beautiful! I wouldn’t even think about visiting without stopping into a place like this. It just seems like such a “must do” in Amsterdam.

    • Craig Zabransky

      @Kirsten, there are certainly many ‘to-dos’ inside Amsterdam… definitely worth the trip.

      stay adventurous, Craig

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