Take the ferry and fall in love with industrial Noord
Amsterdam-Noord (North): for a long time the outcast of the city, now the place to be. Separated from the rest of Amsterdam by a big canal, this part of town feels different. As if you enter another city as soon as the ferry docks on the other side of the River IJ. Both Amsterdammers as well as tourists have ignored Noord for a long time, but things have changed the last couple years. A lot has changed.
Noord is booming. With its industrial coolness, cultural hotspots and countless sunny terraces people suddenly don’t seem to care about that trip on a ferry. And you shouldn’t either. Grab a bike, hop on the ferry and see what makes this urban area so special.
Once the biggest shipyard of Europe, now a creative haven and a popular location for festivals and events. The area is full of old elements such as a hijskraan (which actually turned into a hotel!) and is full of cool street art. One of the key attractions is the monthly flea market the IJ-hallen: the dream of every bargain hunter. Check the calendar to see if you’re lucky and stroll along the endless stalls that offer a wide variety of products.
Located on the NDSM wharf, this cultural café slash restaurant is the perfect place to sit down at after your shopping spree at the IJ-hallen. Thanks to its glass roof, grass fields, music stage and sunny terrace you will have a hard time leaving this wonderful garden.
Looking for a beach vibe but you don’t feel like leaving the city? Pllek is the answer. Apart from being one of the view places where you can actually feel sand between your toes, you can enjoy the outdoor cinema, visit expositions or dance the night away.
Tolhuistuin is an area with multiple buildings and a garden right across Central Station. Until 2011 it belonged to Shell, who used it as the cafeteria for their 1200 employees. Nowadays the cafeteria is replaced for restaurant THT, which serves delicious and fair priced shared dishes and where beautiful views are part of the menu. But like many places in Noord, Tolhuistuin is so much more than just a restaurant. It includes a dance studio, exposition area and several rooms that are rented by organizations such as Paradiso. Don’t forget to check out the garden, in the back of the building and enjoy one of the music performances from the grass.
Named after Amsterdam’s favorite nickname, A’dam, the reopening of this tower is the latest addition to up and coming Noord. Just like many other capitals we now finally have a viewing point of our own! It’s needless to say that the view from the recently opened observation deck on top of the building of 22 stories is amazing, but what more can you expect? Music! A’dam also refers to ‘Amsterdam Dance and Music’ and being owned by some of the biggest international dance organizations of the country (and the world!), the expectations of the new club in the tower are high. I can only hope we’ll be able to experience it ourselves soon!
Written by Liselore
Liselore is a passionate traveler, born in and raised nearby the city of Amsterdam. Curious and always looking for inspiration, trends and undiscovered places, she definitely knows her hotspots in town. Following the beaten track is not exactly her cup of tea, so be prepared to leave those tourist traps behind and go for a genuine local experience!