Surviving the markets

Sunshine, fresh produce, reduced prices and freshly made stroopwafels – what more can you ask for? Here’s a list of some of the local markets to check out.

Thursday and Saturday Market
Every Thursday and Saturday over 150 vendors set up stalls in the city centre. A smaller version, around 50 vendors, takes place on Saturdays. It’sThey’re a great place for a bargain on fresh vegetables and meats and also to pick a range of knick-knacks (books, clothes, bags, etc). There’s a spice seller who comes on Thursdays – with a wide range of spices – and you can buy sample size boxes for just €1. “Customers come here be¬cause they can get fruits and vegetables of a better quality. We usually try and get local produce and we can give our customers advice on what vegetables to buy unlike in shops,” said Saskia Versluis, the owner of Mango Enzo, one of the vegetable stalls. On Saturdays you can buy fresh stroopwafelsfles. During the summer months there’s also an Antiques, Bric-à-brac and Book Market, so keep an eye out.
Thursday, 9:00 – 16:00, Markt
Saturday, 9:00 – 16:00, Brabantse Turftmarkt

Thursday Flower Market
If you want to buy a big bouquet of flowers for your drawing room, a pot of herbs or some seeds, head to Brabantse Turfmarkt on a Thursday. Florists from all over the countryside set up small stalls here. “It’s cheaper, the flowers are fresher and we have all kinds of flowers on sale,” said Frans Karlas, the owner of In Bloei who also has a stall at the market. A little secret about the flower market, as the products are perishable, vendors slash prices at the end of the day to ensure that everything is sold.
Thursday, 9:00 – 16:00, Brabantse Turftmarkt

Tuesday Market, Hoven Passage
A similar market is set up every Tuesday near the Hoven Passage. Though it’s smaller, with only twelve to fifteen stalls, you can still buy a variety of things here. Besides the fresh veggies and fruits vendors you can also get pet food and products at the Dieren Dingen stall.
Tuesday, 9:00 – 16:00, Near De Hoven Passage

Holiday Markets
On holidays such as Whit Monday, the Markt becomes ground zero for fun. Dutch artists, jewellery makers, books, ceramics, kitsch – there’s a lot to see and buy. On Whit Monday, a national holiday, there’s a special antiques market, which is a great place to get to know a little about Dutch history. Baker’s tin cans, printed tiles, copper coffee grinders, dolls dressed in 18th century clothes are among some of the things you are likely to find here.
Easter Monday, all day
Whit Monday, all day

King’s Day Market
There’s more to King’s Day (Queen’s Day until recently) than wearing orange and drinking beer. It’s also a great day to sell and buy – tax free. People across the country hold garage sales. As with any other garage sale, there’s a lot of luck involved. The good news is, the vendors don’t need to charge tax on King’s Day. Plus things are priced really low and you’re expected to bargain! You can literally find anything at the market – from an old laptop to a broken piece of god-knows-what. Families even sell old paintings and carpets, so you might want to pick up something to brighten up your student dwellings. Food stalls and beer tents will also be peppered all through town, so it’s perfect for a sunny day out.
King’s Day, all day April 27

Delft Ceramica
Delft Ceramica is held in July in the historical centre of Delft, on the main market square. “The goal of Delft Ceramica is to promote the art of ceramics, to stimulate young artists and to introduce Delft as a genuine city of ceram¬ics to a broad audience,” said the website. It also brings in new and inno¬vative ceramics from around the world. In 2016, Royal Delft participated for the first time.

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