History ‘Vlooien’ Market

An international style flea market with 300 vendors selling stuff of the most bizarre variety you can imagine; that’s the Waterlooplein Market of Amsterdam.

The origin of the outdoor market lies in 1893 when the Jewish market located at ‘Jodenbreestraat’, was forced by the government to move to the Waterloo Square. By the late 1900s, this Waterloo Square outdoor market was a busy place jostling with action six days a week. Unfortunately, the old Jewish market could not survive the onslaught by Nazi Germany during the World War II and thus came to a tragic end.

1950 onwards, with the advent of prosperity in Holland and arrival of hippies, the ‘Waterlooplein’ got a new lease on life. It has never looked back since and today it is known as a hub of the hottest, trendiest fashions and a house of the rarest of products from books to second-hand clothes, shoes, leather goods, and more.

Defining Fashion

This happening market of Amsterdam almost defines what’s in and what’s out in the fashion circuit. If the Waterlooplein puts on sale fur coats right in the mid summer, it becomes a fashion statement to own one in summer. Such is the glory of this place!

The sensational variety and range of international accessories adds to the grandeur of this bustling flea market. Take your pick from an African mask, a pair of German ‘lederhosen’, a handmade Indonesian batik, etc.

You can spend hours exploring the wonderful antiques and unbelievable collection of second hand books in many languages, all at sale at the Waterlooplein flea market.

The Waterlooplein flea market has another unique feature of housing almost 20 different cultures.

The summer months of Holland are the busiest times in the market with scores of tourists flocking in, in search of rare stuff and good deals!


There are easy public transportation systems available to reach Waterlooplein. You can either take Trams 9 and 14 or the Subway as all these have Waterlooplein stops.