For a beautiful, smaller, specialised market, De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt (“The Hague’s Antique and Book Market”) should be on every antique lovers’ list of places to visit when planning a summer antiquing trip to the Netherlands. This 75 stalls large open-air antique market operates twice a week from May to September and stays open almost until dawn. So there is plenty of time and opportunity for collectors to scout the wares, find out what is around and snag their prized items.
De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt takes place in a glorious location, directly on the stately Lange Voorhout. This renown street is surrounded by historic buildings predominantly from the 18th century, as well as many institutions and monuments, putting visitors perfectly in the mood for discovering treasures for sale from yesteryear. No doubt after rummaging through the historic treasures on sale at the market, visitors will be in the perfect frame of mind to hit a museum and continue to hold the nostalgia from days gone by. Of course, shoppers may need to find a place to dump their bags first, as it is very hard to visit this antique market without buying more than intended.
As expected, books are a rather prominent feature at De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt. However, there are plenty of other goods to be found and there is a great variety here despite its title! There is antique furniture, artwork, china ornaments, antique chests, vintage decorative items for the person and the home, crockery, antique mirrors, bedside tables, wood carvings, baskets, bellows, jewelry, silverware, postcards and much more.
Vendors at De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt do not accept card payments. So it is handy to have some cash on you, through ATMs can easily be found in the area should you have an eye on something. In the autumn and winter period De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt is replaced by a smaller 45 stalls strong market taking place on Thursdays in the corner of the Plein near the Tweede Kamer.
Goods at De Haagse Antiek en Boeken Markt can be a little on the pricey side, and stall holders tend to drive a hard bargain here. However, the quality of the goods for sale is commensurate to the pricing, so shoppers have no fear of being ripped off. Save up and treat yourself here – you will not regret it.