The Bloemenmarkt: World's Only Floating Flower Market
Since 1862, fresh flowers and plants have been arriving by barge from the Dutch countryside on the southern edge of the Singel, innermost canal in Amsterdam's main canal ring. While the flora still arrives daily, it comes by van, not boat, to the Bloemenmarkt, world's only floating flower market. Here, it's displayed between Koningsplein and Muntplein in some 15 fragrant stalls on floating houseboats permanently moored on the Singel.
Now the best-known flower market in Holland, the colorful attraction is packed with tourists on sunny weekends. Nevertheless, it's a great place to pick up Dutch tulip bulbs in a plethora of colors and varieties, as well as many other types of bulbs, seeds, cut flowers, indoor plants and gardening essentials. In December, Christmas trees and holiday decorations also are available. Ship a bag of bulbs home or pick up a souvenir at one of several shops hawking T-shirts, mugs, clogs, Dutch cheese and other fun, inexpensive gifts. Refuel at one of several restaurants lining the canal, opposite the flower stalls.