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.
Every Thursday and Saturday over 150 vendors set up stalls in the city centre. It’s 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 because 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,” says Saskia Versluis, the owner of Mango Enzo, one of the vegetable stalls. On Saturdays you can buy fresh stroopwaffles. 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 Turfmarkt
Thursday Flower Market
If you want to buy a big bouquet of flowers for your drawing room, a pot of herbs or just a bunch of 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,” says 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 after 16:00 to ensure that everything is sold.
Thursday, 9:00 – 16:00, Brabantse Turfmarkt
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
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, April 21 2014, all day
Whit Monday, June 9 2014, 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. Which 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, April 26 2014, all day
On July 19 and 20, the 10th edition of Delft Ceramica will be held at various locations in town, including Vrije Academie and Het Prinsenhof. The event is part of the Delft Ceramic Days. “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 ceramics to a broad audience,” says the website. It also brings in new and innovative ceramics from around the world. In 2013 ceramists from Germany, Belgium, and England and across the Netherlands participated.
Delft Ceramica, July 19-20, various locations