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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
August 5, 2012
From journal More Summer in Amsterdam
by Tre. W.
no where, Louisiana
April 14, 2006
From journal The Non-Stoners Amsterdam
by wanderer 2005
February 23, 2005
From journal Walking in Amsterdam
January 11, 2005
Bloemenmarkt is one of the main suppliers of flowers to Amsterdam, and though packed with tourists, it is also frequented by locals (although I suspect that they do not rub shoulders at peak times). The place is an absolute mass of colours, and I was amazed at how much they managed to cram into small spaces. We had to be very careful as we picked our way through some of the stalls, in case our rucksacks demolished them.
There was a staggering selection of bulbs, boasting colours beyond my imagination, for sale in a variety of forms. You could get large containers packed with single-type bulbs, mixed colours, mixed heights–-this was perhaps the cheapest way to acquire your "fresh Dutch bulbs". Alternatively, they came gift-wrapped or set in planters of varying quality and naff-ness. You could buy bulbs in "delft-designed" plastic windmills or plastic clogs (complete with the obligatory delft colours), or go upmarket to buy reasonable-quality ceramic pots. All bulbs came with a valid "health certificate" for export purposes. I have to say that the bulbs weren’t as cheap as I was anticipating, but I had never seen the range or variety anywhere else. There are masses of seed packets, some for plants I’ve never heard of, but generally, I recognised the picture on the front, and they were all legal purchases--no cannabis plants here (or not that I noticed!).
The scent of fresh flowers pervaded the atmosphere, and the brightly coloured blooms just begged to be bought and taken home (just too bad that they wouldn’t last the journey to England!). If you wanted something more durable, you could buy amazingly realistic silk flowers, carved wooden blooms, dried blossoms, or quality plastic replicas.
But just in case you’re not a gardener, the stallholders introduce other purchasing options. You’ll find candles, a range of quality Delftware, and fridge magnets by the hundred (never quite understood them myself), in a variety of designs (naughty-but-nice seemed to be the general theme). There’s an army of garden gnomes and, of course, a range of decorated clogs in a variety of sizes.
And if that wasn’t enough, just opposite the flower market was a Christmas shop--my worst nightmare and my wife’s most pleasant dream. I was instantly deserted as she headed for her shopping paradise, head down, checking out the ceramic Santas and studying the gyrating snowmen.
I just know that the retailers are going to get me for either spring flowers or festive baubles!
From journal A great short week in Amsterdam
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
May 12, 2004
From journal A Weekend in Amsterdam
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
June 29, 2003
We saw boards of magnets shaped like the tall town houses that are so Amsterdam. This image graces the front of the Rough Guide, and judging by the signs asking people not to take pictures, it must be a too popular photograph. On the non-floating side of the street are plenty of touristy tat shops, selling bright cheap clothes and jewellery for strange parts of the body. There are also a couple of shops for those looking to expand their minds, selling accessories for growing, smoking, and grinding, as well as mushrooms and various legal highs.
From journal Doing the Dam
St. Paul, Minnesota
October 25, 2002
From journal Amsterdam on the Fly
August 28, 2002
The guidebooks also mention buying bulbs and having them shipped to you. You have to buy large quantities. Massive quantities, so don't make a special trip for those unless you need at least 100 bulbs. You'll do just as well shopping on the internet.
The market is lined with cafes and shops, mostly tourist-trap shops. The area near the flower market has some interesting shops like the Atheneum Bookshop (Spui 14-16), Body Sox (Leidsestraat 12) an all socks store with a huge selection of tights and stockings, and I remember a store that sold only hammocks. I also stopped in and bought a pair of Ecco shoes at the Eccolet Shop which was all Ecco shoes. I paid 60 euro for them and they were not on sale. I've seen the same shoes here in the US for $100.00.
The Flower Market is worth a visit if you’re in the area or you are walking along the Singel to see some of the historic architecture. It is convenient to the tram. If you go, be sure to look up at the Muntplein Tower. Also, look below for the photo of the building with the great shutters that is along the flower market. You get a better view of the building from across the canal.
From journal Amsterdam: Elegance and Sleaze
May 27, 2002
Here you can find a variety of cut flowers and plants, including the ubiquitous tulip as well as bulbs, seeds and all the necessary equipment to allow you to grow your own. Also available are a wide variety of tacky souvenirs including wooden tulips, clogs both wooden and porcelain and models of windmills highlighting this markets status as something of a tourist trap.
If you are interested in plants and flowers, you should be able to find enough of interest here to while away a half an hour and a fistful of Euros. Otherwise you'll probably make it from one end to the other in 5 mins and be on your way.
From journal Going Dutch
Victoria, British Columbia
February 22, 2001
A tip if you do buy bulbs. Make sure you buy ones that come with a certificate or you may find yourself having a bit of trouble bringing them back into your country. We had certificates and Agriculture Canada just took a quick look. They may be confisicated without the paperwork.
From journal Amsterdam-Everything You Expected!