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IJ-Hallen Amsterdam Reviews
IJ-hallen Feb 28, 2015
Located in the North of Amsterdam you find the NDSM shipyard. It is a place for parties, music, theater and what not. But once a month the Shipyard is the location of the biggest flea market of Europe. 750 stands full of second hand stuff. Clothes, shoes, collector’s items, antique toys, bric-a-brac and what not! You name it, it is there.
Getting to the IJ-hallen is fairly easy with a car, there is enough parking space, though you sometimes need to look a bit longer to find one. Which you have to pay for (€1.30 per hour I believe). You can also access by ferry from Amsterdam central station. Though I personally have never done that I do know it is possible and it will safe you the hassle of finding a parking spot.
Entering the flea market will cost you €5, but gives you access for the whole day (9.00 till 16.30). The flea market is located in two huge sheds, so the whole market is indoor. There are a couple of eating corners, fries, burgers and poffertjes (very small pancakes), between the two sheds outside. There is also a toilet, big enough so hardly any waiting lines, you do have to pay though.
For me the IJ-hallen is the place to be once a month, every month. I love flea markets and thrift stores, the IJ-hallen, being the biggest of Europe, is right up my alley. It is also possible to rent a booth (costs between €30 and €35 depending on the size of your booth). I have done both, renting a booth to sell and walking around to buy, both worth it! Though I love strolling around just a little bit more.
I would not advise to go with children. smaller children and babies are easily carried around in a woven wrap or ssc. But bigger children are explores which means they can get lost in the crowd fairly easy.
The IJ-hallen is getting more and more popular (for example, a couple of years ago parking was free and entrance was €4) but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. It in fact is definitely worth visiting!
Part of the Short Trips and Day Visits 2015 travel blog
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