Since 1860 this famous flower market has been located at the spot where nurserymen and women, having sailed up the Amstel from their smallholdings, would moor their barges to sell their wares directly to customers. No longer floating (it's now perched on piles), the market here offers tulips in season and bulbs year-round, as well as clogs, fridge magnets and other kitsch souvenirs.

Hotels almost always have vases available if you want to brighten your room with colourful blooms.