Very close to kalverstraat on singel street you will find the flower market of Amsterdam - Bloemenmarktץ
The flower market is very colorful with many flowers located on stores on houseboats , which makes it the only floating flower market as far as i know.
What to buy: You can find flower of bulbs - tulips and many more but i am not sure that it is allowed to export them outside the country.
I had no idea that Amsterdam had such a wonderful flower market area on Singel and when I turned in to it I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer high standard of the flowers and plants on offer. It is possible to have bulbs sent home too from you Holland holiday to your home address and I may well do this on another visit.
Flowers in bloom! The Dutch are experts not only at Tulips but at numerous other blooming tubers as well. You'll find color and life in the Flower Market at any time of year. We were there in the first week of March, and found a rainbow of earthly delights.
In Amsterdam you see flowers and plants everywhere: streets, windows of houses and offices ... I bought some seeds as a souvenir: they are now in my terrace growing ... will tell you as soon as plants and flowers appear!
At the flower market one is tempted to buy some flowers or cactuses or any of the various other things it has to offer. (see my things to do tip for details). And the good thing is that it is very cheap. I got 5 colorful hyacinths for 1 euro. The cactuses were very beautiful too.
What to buy: Flowers, cactuses, seeds for flower plants, bonsais, souvenirs, gardening implements, tulip bulbs etc.
What to pay: very reasonable.
This row of shops all the way along the canal between two bridges, the 'bloemenmarkt' or the floating flower market I love these shops along here!
Not only colourful and make fantastic photos of your visit to Amsterdam and Holland with all its tulips paraphenalia but I reckon there are some excellent prices to be got here for a really excellent range of souvenir shopping items!
I love the wooden tulips here and the porcelain items ranging from Delft design to contemporary and playful mugs with dutch cows hiding inside and tulip candle and plant holders and the such. I particularly want to return to get a set of Delft coffee, tea and sugar containers - I was being mean and didnt pay the price only to realise that designs I dont like elsewhere are much more expensive!!
Of course there are all the Dutch bulbs of all colours and so on but theres just so much interesting stuff you can take home to remember your trip from and the prices are actually really reasonable. I have found the shop on the corner - which is the first shop you would come to is the dearest and they get sort of cheaper as you go further along the street! But price compare a bit before you start buying if youre looking for the best prices!
I do not recommend you to return your home from Amsterdam without bulbs.
Be aware: Even tulip bulbs must be planted between September and December, they are available in stores. If you buy bulbs in January possibly they won't bloom. Unfortunately I couldn't resist them.
Tulips are wild flowers of cold mountains. So they need to wait and get their strength during winter under the soil for 3-5 months, before blooming.
Luckily there are many different kinds of bulbs in the stores. If you do not have a balcony or garden, or you live in a region without winter, prefer amaryllis. It can be grow and bloom indoors. It has a huge bulb (approximately a diameter of 20 cm) and it grows really fast. It has a big flower and blooms 3-4 flowers at once. If you are planning to have amaryllises in various colors you'll need extra space in your bag.
Also I recommend you paper whites. I don't know why, I couldn't find any bulbs of this beautiful flower. Maybe the time wasn't appropriate..
What to buy: Bulbs and other plants
What to pay: A bag of tulip bulbs was 3.5 euro in January. January is late for planting them, so you can buy 4 bags for 10 euros. Amaryllis bulbs were between 4-8 euros according to their size.
This is the place where locals buy their bulbs. Very nice shop at Amsterdam Flowermarket. Every time when in Amsterdam I visit this place. It is not as touristy as the other places at the flowermarket but they do sell real nice bulbs in the season. Here you'll find special you don't find at home. The largest collection of Tulip bulbs in all kind of shapes and colors.
What to buy: bulbs (flower bulbs no light-bulbs)
This is the only floating flower market in the world, a bright display of colours & fragrances catch visitors eyes all seasons.
Tulip bulbs are sold, tulips, sunflowers - in fact so many different arrays of flowers its impossible to list them all. Souvenirs & gardening equipment are also sold in the market stalls.
The flowers are relatively inexpensive & you can haggle a little if you are buying several bunches.
What to buy: Flowers & souvenirs
There are lots and lots of flower stalls along this stretch of the Singel. Some of them even sell REAL flowers among the wooden tulips and fridge magnets.
What to buy: Plants, cut flowers and bulbs.
What to pay: You could get a packet of bulbs to take home to remind you of your trip, I just take pictures :)) I think 3 wooden tulips cost about 5E.
We bought Tulip bulbs at this flower stall last year and they were all really pretty. Haven't had flowers like these before. So we went back this year and bought some more.
This stall doesn't look as fancy as the others do on the Flowermarket, bulbs are packed in simple brown paperbags but quality is better, believe me.
What to buy: Bulbs, herbs and flowers
What to pay: 10 Tulips for about 3 euro
Pink, Yellow, Red, Blue or Black... No matter how short your trip to Holland is, The Floating Flower Market of Amsterdam offers a glimpse of all the tulip varieties available as well as many other types of garden/house plants. It is an attraction not to be missed...
What to buy: Flowers, bulbs (not the kind that lights up when connected to electricity), small variety of the Holland Clogs and other souvenirs. This is THE place to shop for all the bulbs that you want cos it's cheaper that those scattered all over town but friends new to the place, walk further on into the market and watch as the price of the bulbs drop... so don't say you didn't read this on Virtual Tourist!
What to pay: Well it kinda depends on whether you want to have tulips in a small pot at home or the entire 3 ha garden isn't it? The average price for 10 bulbs should be 3 Euros or less.
Along the Singel Canal, you'll find the flowermarket. There has been some kind of flower market here for almost 400 years and today, it's as popular as ever. February, isn't the best time of year to visit, though and things were pretty slow when I was walking by.
Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30 (till 5 Sat). Closed Sunday.
What to buy: Tulips of course!
This is the famous floating flower market, an experience not to be missed. You can find there flowers and bulbs, plants, herbs, and also gift and souvenirs shops.
What to buy: Good place to buy some souvenirs, and of course... bulbs for everybody, never will find so much of them!!
What to pay: It's not expensive, even being a tourist atraction.
What to buy: There is this old song in Germany about "Tulpen aus Amsterdam" - meaning tulips from Amsterdam, so we had a lot of fun picking a bag full of tulip bulbs and taking them home with us. So from next year on we will be reminded of this shopping adventure!!!
If you do as we did, make sure to check the import regulations of your home country!