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Like many of the market streets in Amsterdam, Noordermarkt is a cultural spot to sample a bit of old Dutch. The market springs up twice a week, Monday and Saturday, and people come in the thousands to shop and see the sights. On Mondays it is essentially a flea market and the stalls sell retro clothing, accessories and various bric-a-brac. Valuable antiques or collector's items could be picked up cheap if you have a keen eye and are up to the task of sampling every stall you see. Not an easy task as they stalls keep refilling all day. On Saturdays however the street turns into a farmers market with fresh produce, savory meats and wines on sale from 9AM to 4PM. It's a very cheerful place and between the smell of the delicious food on display and the noise and energy of the people buying and selling all around it can be a nice break from city life. You may also pop into the many cafés and restaurants on the street to grab a bite when you're done.