A second-hand book market, where old books, prints, and sheet music displayed on tables are for sale

Oudemanhuispoort   1601

a secret covered passage in one of the oldest parts of the city


Oudemanhuispoort Book Market is situated in a secret passage with a hidden courtyard

The Oudemanhuispoort or 'Old Man's House Gate' is a passage near the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam where second-hand textbooks, prints and sheet music are sold.

In earlier days the surrounding buildings and hidden garden of the Oudemanhuispoort were an almshouse for the elderly. Today you can shop in the many stalls that line both sides of the passage.

Halfway through the passage is a large door that gives access to a green courtyard, which nowadays belongs to the University of Amsterdam.

At this book market, Vincent van Gogh sometimes bought books. For lack of money, he paid with portraits.

What is on sale?

Aside from second-hand books, historic maps, sheet music, engravings and interesting old prints and posters are also sold.


The Oudemanhuispoort is a narrow passage between Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Kloveniersburgwal in the oldest part of the city


Sun closed
Mon 11:30 - 18:00
Tue 11:30 - 18:00
Wed 11:30 - 18:00
Thu 11:30 - 18:00
Fri 11:30 - 18:00
Sat 11:30 - 18:00


Amsterdam Centrum

How to get there

tram 4 14 24 Rokin
directions_subway 52 Rokin
local_parking The Bank

Coffee/Lunch Break Tips

place Gebed Zonder End 5

Kapitein Zeppos

Slightly hidden café-restaurant situated between Studio Beaufort and Art Gallery Mokum, in a tiny alley, off Grimburgwal.

place Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20

Café de Jaren

Spacious and buzzling grand-cafe with one of the best waterside terraces in Amsterdam

place Grimburgwal 7

Café 't Gasthuys

Typical brown cafe frequented by university students of the nearby UvA faculties

Nearby Historic Buildings

Agnietenkapel  1470

Chapel of the Convent of Saint Agnes, used for ceremonies and events by the University of Amsterdam (UvA)

place Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231

De Waalse Kerk 1496

L'Église Wallonne (The Walloon Church)

place Walenpleintje 159

Oost-Indisch Huis 1606

East India House, former headquarters of the Dutch VOC

place Oude Hoogstraat 24

Zuiderkerk 1614

Southern Church, Amsterdam's first Protestant church

place Zuiderkerkhof 72

more impressions

Entrance to the Faculty of Law via the Oudemanhuispoort courtyard