Recently I have visited Amsterdam for the first time. While exploring the city, I was stunned by the huge amount of vintage shops and markets. I would define Amsterdam as a real “vintage paradise” – While being much underrated in comparison to London or Paris, the Dutch city is packed with old gems. I have to admit that I have not expected as many unique second-hand places as I have found, mostly by walking by accidentally, in the end. Basically every street, may it be vast or narrow, may it be in the centre or a little bit off the track, is scoring high marks with their vintage spots.
This guide aims to show you my 10 favourite vintage shops and markets in the city.
Noordermarkt, located in the core of the up-rising district of Jordaan, defines the perfect place for a Saturday market stroll. The place offers both local quality food such as vegan fries, creamy cheese and fancy fish, as well as antiquities, including second-hand items such as old boxes, books, jewels, furniture and clothing pieces for reasonable prices. Visiting this market was an inspirational experience for me: Besides tasting the delicious local groceries, I have found some lovely vintage pieces, including two brooches, one ring and one box (see photo below). You should consider visiting this market, if you are into non-touristy stuff, given that this market is usually only frequented by locals, living around the area of Jordaan.
Did you know? Noordermarkt has a tradition that originated in the 17th century. The original seventeenth century Pottery market (since 1623) sold utensils and items for daily use to the inhabitants of Amsterdam. Together with other markets in Amsterdam the Noordermarkt was of great importance for the development and flourishing of the city in the Golden Age. Until this very day, the market fullfills an essential social and economic role in Amsterdam.
When? Mondays and Saturdays 9am until 6pm // More about Noordermarkt here.
Waterloopleinmarkt is perhaps the best known flea market in Amsterdam. Located right next to the renowned canals and near the botanical gardens, you will find all sorts of vintage goods, including old art books, watches, bomber jackets from the 80s, designer bags and a lot of antiquities, some of them with high prices, but if you are familiar with market policies, you will be able to talk about a lower price, as I did while buying a nostalgic box there. Nearby you will find many vintage shops (see Episode Vintage).
Did you know? Since 1893 the square of Waterloo housed the biggest and most important Jewish market in Amsterdam. This has been ended in 1941 and after WW II, the Waterlooplein market was reborn, first as a general bazaar, then in the 1960s and 1970s as a trading place connected with the youth hippie culture. Between 1977 and 1984 the market had to move, as on the Waterloo square, the town hall and the opera have been built. After construction has been completed, returned to its present location behind the town hall, the Waterlooplein market regained its importance.
When? Monday until Saturday, 9.30am until 6pm // More about Waterloopleinmarkt here.
Marbles Vintage owns several branches around the city of Amsterdam. I have been to all of them, but I would recommend visiting the one at Haarlemmerdijk in the area of Jordaan. Marbles Vintage offers a great selection of clothes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. If you’re looking for an old-fashioned flower dress, a flashy silk bomber or a leather backpack, this shop is definitely the right place to visit in Amsterdam.
Where? Haarlemmerdijk 64, 1013 JE Amsterdam // Instagram
Rumors Vintage & Design must be on your list, if you are into high-quality vintage fashion for good prices. The store, located on a vibrant shopping street, offers everything that a vintage lover’s heart may desire – from elegant 40s ear-clips to funky 60s sunglasses and outstanding 70s flare trousers. Besides they have a great selection of hats, belts and bags.
Where? Haarlemmerstraat 99B, 1013 EM Amsterdam // Instagram
Penny Lane Vintage used to be a kilo-shop and has now been transformed into an amazing vintage boutique. The selection includes very special pieces such as printed bomber jackets, skirts, blouses and much more. They have also got a comprehensive vintage menswear section. The prices are alright, although some pieces tend to be little bit expensive, but they are totally worth it.
Where? 11C, Eerste van der Helststraat, 1073 AA Amsterdam // Instagram
Retro & Chic is perhaps the most elegant and exquisite vintage boutique I have been visiting in Amsterdam. The store itself resembles a showroom from the 1930s with chic gowns hanging in antique wardrobes and shiny jewels presented in various vitrines. This place is certainly offering a great vintage experience and if you are willing to spend a little more you will find some unique and marvellous pieces from the pre-war eras (1920s until 1940s).
Where? Staalstraat 2, 1011 JL Amsterdam // Facebook
Wini Vintage is one of a kind vintage store. The store has convinced me with the thoughtful concept and fine selection of vintage pieces that you won’t find in any other store. Unfortunately this amazing store will be shut down in a few months (during summer) but I have decided to include it anyways, as it was definitely one of the greatest stores in town.
Where? Haarlemmerstraat 29, 1013 EJ Amsterdam // Facebook
Time Machine is a funky paradise for 80s and 90s vintage lovers. You will find many bomber jackets, soccer shirts, printed shorts and colourful blouses here. Additionally they have a great selection of sneakers and flower dresses from the eighties.
Where? Nieuwe Hoogstraat 5, 1011 HG Amsterdam // Instagram
Vintage Jungle is a small yet very well organised vintage boutique, located in a picturesque street in Jordaan. They are offering some nice dresses, skirts and jackets from the 1950s until 1980s era. In addition you will also find a few newer gift items.
Where? Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat 15, 1015 NS Amsterdam // Instagram
Episode Vintage is a wonderland for thrift-lovers. The shop has nine different branches around the city and all of them offer a great selection of vintage fashion, including menswear. You can definitely make a great and cheap find if you keep your eyes open in this place. Make sure you don’t miss the section of skirts, dresses and blouses. I have found a chic striped blouse which you will be seeing on my Instagram very soon.
Where? Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 37H, 1017 DC Amsterdam + 8 more // Website
All photos by Judith Bradlwarter. ©