Lapjesmarkt or Fabric Market

Yesterday, I finally made my way to the Center for Utrecht's Saturday Lapjesmarkt or Fabric Market. This market is on Breedstraat, located near the Neude and has been going on for over 400 years. You read that correctly, there is a market in my new town that has been going on longer than my home country has been a country! The first market took place in 1597 and was a semiannual event. Today, the market is every Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00. That's right, I actually tell time like that now. 

Utrecht's Lapjesmarkt, Fabric Market

This is canvas, how cool is that! 


Utrecht Fabric Market


With a setting like this, it is easy to picture yourself back in the Renaissance. 




You can get anything from terrycloth to tulle!


Utrecht Fabric Market

Utrecht Fabric Market

Seriously, how incredible are these colors!



It was an incredible way to spend a gorgeous morning in Utrecht. The prices were really competitive too and it made it even harder to not try to make a case for that sewing machine I want! 

Open air markets are a great part of living in Europe, which one's are your favorites? 



Stumble to your blog accidently while googling Hunger games.
I loveeee lapjesmarkt. hard to stop my self not to buy all the fabrics...
Good luck with your inburgering. Do you have to go to Ravellan? I went there when I did my inburgering cursus

Hey Ira, 
Glad you found the place! I am not sure yet where I have to go. I have my intial interview today at the office in Leidsce Rijn. I'm a little nervous! 

Oh, you live in Leidsche Rijn. so probaby you will nnot go to ravelaan. LR is very big, almost as big as utrecht it self hehehe.
anyway, I have some Dutch practice book if you want and few dictionary that I don:t use anymore.

That would be amazing! Can you email me at so we can set up an exchange?