A twelve minute ferry ride is all it takes to break away from the city of Amsterdam and arrive in whole other city (almost)… Amsterdam Noord. Since 2002, Amsterdam Noord has turned into a major hub of artistry and energy. The area has a skate park, restaurants, a venue of sorts for live underground music and a plethora of shipping containers housing student accommodation and artist studios. In one of the largest buildings on site, a flea market, the IJ-Hallen, takes place one weekend a month, hosting about 500 stalls on every occasion.
For a very small entry fee (4 EU for adults), access is granted to the largest trash and treasure market in North Holland. “Stallholders come from across the low lands, and vary greatly in age and personality, from bored students, serious vintage resellers, aspiring entrepreneurs, cunning merchants, and lovely mother hen types that are clearing out sentimental possessions that are gathering attic dust” (The Citizn).
If digging through piles of worn sweaters, shoes, vintage jewelry and old records is your kind of thing, then you won’t want to miss the IJ-Hallen.
The market is open on Sat 7 and Sun 8 April from 9.00am to 4pm and costs only 4 euros. To get there, take the ferry from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Amsterdam Noord NDSM. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.