Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam

Bloemenmarkt on the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Bloemenmarkt on the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Description: This “floating” market on the Singel began in the 1860’s when nurserymen would sail up the Amstel to sell flowers and plants directly from their boats.

Today, the 15 stalls are permanently moored and sell a huge variety of flowers, bulbs, and tourist trinkets.

Photographing This Landmark:

Visit early in the day! The light is nice and the crowds are light. This is a popular attraction and by late afternoon, it’s difficult to photograph the market without people walking in front of your camera.

Early morning at the Bloemenmarkt. Later in the day, this area will be teeming with people and it will be impossible to get a shot without people walking in front of the camera. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Early morning at the Bloemenmarkt. Later in the day, this area will be filled with people. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Look for colorful displays of mixed flowers! The market is open year-round, so even if you’re visiting Amsterdam in the winter, you’ll be able to capture photos of the colorful flowers that are such a huge part of Dutch heritage.

Colorful spring flowers at the Bloemenmarkt. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Colorful spring flowers at the Bloemenmarkt. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

The flower displays can yield surprising colors and textures. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

The flower displays can yield surprising colors and textures. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

The Tulips! Holland is synonymous with tulips. Every year, millions of tulips transform parts of Holland into colorful fields, but unless you’re visiting in late April or early May, you may never see these flowers growing in the countryside. Thankfully, the Bloemenmarkt makes it easy to take tulip photos no matter what time of the year you visit! Fresh flowers are brought in each day and displayed in colorful bouquets.

Holland is famous for its amazing diversity of tulips. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Holland is famous for its amazing diversity of tulips. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Tulips can be found in a variety of colors at the Bloemenmarkt. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Tulips can be found in a variety of colors at the Bloemenmarkt. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Try different camera angles and various compositions. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Try different camera angles and look for interesting compositions. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Look for interesting details! These buddha palm nuts have a unique texture and provided an interesting close-up shot with a telephoto lens.

Buddha Palm Nuts. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Buddha Palm Nuts. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Photograph the souvenirs! Pictures are the best way to remember popular souvenirs without filling up your suitcase!

Dutch clogs and flower bulbs. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Dutch clogs and flower bulbs. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Wooden tulips, clogs, and delftware are popular souvenirs from Amsterdam. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Wooden tulips, clogs, and delftware are popular souvenirs from Amsterdam. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

There is a huge variety of flower bulbs for sale at the market. Not all countries will allow you to bring them home. Check before you buy! Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

There is a huge variety of flower bulbs for sale at the market. Not all countries will allow you to bring them home. Check before you buy! Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Photograph the back side of the market! Singel is a beautiful canal and including the Bloemenmarkt in your shot will provide a visual element that you won’t find elsewhere.

Bloemenmarkt along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Bloemenmarkt along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Bloemenmarkt along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Bloemenmarkt along the Singel. Image Credit: Travel Photographers Magazine

Enjoy your visit! If you have a chance, return to the market later in the day and wander through when it’s really busy. It’s a fun way to experience the bloemenmarkt and it may yield another photo or two!

Location: Singel between Koningsplein and Muntplein. Open Monday – Saturday.