Minutes from Dam Square, you will find the Flower Market. Of course, when you think of Amsterdam and Holland, you think of tulips. But, dream up any color or variety, and you're bound to find it at the Flower Market. It is a floral paradise!
But flowers aren't all you will find at the market. You will admire many Dutch treats including sculptures, ornaments, cheeses, and wooden clogs. The colors and aromas surrounding the market tantalize all of your senses!
You will be tempted to buy up an array of bulbs to bring home. But before you do, look into what is legal to bring into your country. Most merchants in the market will know exactly what is acceptable for the U.S., and some go so far as to mark packages with the countries' flag indicating the item is considered legal for import into that country.
Be wary, however, of Canabis seeds and starter kits. Canabis is another name for marijuana. It is legal to buy marijuana seeds in Amsterdam. Nevertheless, U.S. Customs will not find it amusing if you are caught "smuggling" them home.
Near the Rembrandt house, is the Waterlooplein Flea Market. More like a bazaar, stalls are filled with bric-a-brac, second-hand clothing, old military items, leather goods, books, record albums, electronics, toys, and more. At first glance, it looks like a tacky garage sale. But for the treasure seeker, the flea market is Utopia.
Waterlooplein Flea Market is open Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm; Saturnday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.