Top Open-Air Markets

A short list of the world’s most special alfresco shopping spots for local foods, flowers—and most of all, culture.

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Noordermarkt, Amsterdam

A Saturday market held in the shadow of a large 17th-century church, Noordermarkt sells comestibles like fresh produce, Dutch cheeses, and bread, but it’s the antiques, vintage photographs, curios from former colonies, and rare books that make it truly special. The market is as much a draw for locals as it is for tourists: Dutch entrepreneur and former supermodel Frederique Van Der Wal considers it one of her favorite spots in the city (see her Amsterdam guide). Open Saturday (9 a.m.–5 p.m.); Noordermarkt; —Nikkitha Bakshani