The Zwarte Markt (Black Market) in Beverwijk is a popular shopping destination that attracts lots of locals. It’s a true paradise for food lovers. Especially if you like Middle-Eastern food.
Even though the bazaar is popular among locals, not many tourists have ever heard of it. Located just a stone’s throw away from Amsterdam, this buzzing market with more than 1200 shops offers a unique shopping experience.
What’s even better, is that there’s no entrance fee.
When you visit the Zwarte Markt Beverwijk, you might not feel like you’re in the Netherlands anymore. This sentence might confuse you, but you’ll understand what I mean when you visit. It’s a place that can lead to a sensory overload, but mostly in a good way. It’s filled with spices and aromas.
I’ve been visiting the Zwarte Markt, currently also known as De Bazaar, since I was a little child. I would come here with my family to buy spices and foods that weren’t available elsewhere in the Netherlands.
It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind type of place. It’s home to a very vibrant atmosphere and can get very busy.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the Zwarte Markt in Beverwijk, including how to get there and what to do in this shopper’s paradise.
How to get to the Zwarte Markt in Beverwijk?
The Zwarte Markt is conveniently located in Beverwijk, which is easily accessible from Amsterdam and other nearby cities. Here are some popular transportation options:
By Car: If you prefer to drive, take the A9 highway from Amsterdam towards Alkmaar and exit at Beverwijk. Follow the signs to the Zwarte Markt, where paid parking is available. Parking costs around 5 euros in total for the whole day.
By Public Transport: You can also reach the market by train and bus. From Amsterdam Central Station, take a direct train to Beverwijk Station. From there, it’s a short bus ride or a 20-minute walk to the Zwarte Markt. During the weekend, you can take bus 72 or 76 to the bazaar.
The address is: Parallelweg 122, 1948 NN Beverwijk
When to visit the Zwarte Markt Beverwijk?
I would recommend visiting the Zwarte Markt during the weekend, when all shops are opened. During this time, you can have the full experience. Try to arrive in the morning to avoid the crowds. Most shops close at around 17:00 to 18:00 o’clock.
Things to do at the Zwarte Markt Beverwijk
The Zwarte Markt can sometimes feel like a festival, as there are so many different things to do here. The best things to do include the following:
Buy spices and flavorful foods
You can’t really visit the Zwarte Markt without buying spices or delicious food. You will find the spices area at the ”Versmarkt”. You will recognize the name when you visit.
One of the top places to buy spices is at OBA. They have hundreds of different spices in containers for around 1 euro and 50 cents per container. You can ask the friendly staff if you’re looking for something specific and they will give you a helping hand.
More delicious foods to buy at the Zwarte Markt include marinated olives and dips, but also nuts. Fruits and vegetables are very affordable here as well.
You can also try some Dutch snacks at the Zwarte Markt, such as poffertjes or stroopwafels. They have so much on offer, so you should really visit the place yourself to see what kind you prefer.
There’s also a big Oriental supermarket located here, which is the biggest Asian supermarket brand in the Netherlands.
If you’re looking for specific Asian ingredients, wontons, soju, home-made sambal or many other things, this is your place to be. It’s one of my favorite supermarkets in the world.
The Bazaar is home to many shops, which also include quite a lot of clothing stores. These clothing stores often sell very affordable clothes. So, if you’re looking to buy some new clothes, this is a good place to visit.
It’s also a great place to buy some unique souvenirs and gifts to bring home with you. You can even buy electronics, kitchenware or furniture at the Zwarte Markt.
One of the top places to buy furniture or home decor is the Leenbakker Outlet. With a bit of creativity, you can transform your home with unique finds from the Zwarte Markt.
Buy jewelry and gold
If you’re in search of sparkling treasures, the Zwarte Markt won’t disappoint. They have a building which is called the Goudsouk (Gold souk). There is more gold here than you can possibly ever imagine.
Especially if you’re looking for gold with a high level of carats, this is a great place to visit. Gold is also a lot more affordable here, as they work with the day value.
Relax on a terrace
There are many terraces at the Zwarte Markt. Here you can sip on some coffee, eat a Turkish pizza or simply do some people watching. It’s great to just sit there and embrace the lively atmosphere of De Bazaar. There are many options to sit outside. You can also sit inside in the gigantic food court, filled with food stalls, restaurants and aromas.
Try Afghan ice cream (Sheer Yakh)
When you’re at the Zwarte Markt, one of the best things to do is to try some Sheer Yakh, an Afghan ice cream. The ice cream is soft and delicious, has tastes of cardamom and is decorated with pistachio. We paid 6 euros per ice cream and got it at Sultan Restaurant, inside the ”Vers Markt” (translates to fresh market).
The Zwarte Markt in Beverwijk is a shopping haven that offers an extraordinary experience for visitors. From its varied range of products, including spices, flavorful food, jewelry, fashion and household goods, to its vibrant atmosphere, the market has something for everyone.
It’s very different from other places in the Netherlands, which makes it an even better place to visit. Here you’ll find so much spices and delicious food that you’ll want to come back for more.
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