With the temperatures rising we dare you to discover new things and explore your surrounding. Get out of your comfort zone and find the treasures of Amsterdam Noord. Noord used to be the industrial part of the city and has developed into an artistic, young and creative hub. In Noord, you will find a very green and peaceful area that opens its arms to the young people of Amsterdam.
Food and Drinks
Noord offers many spots where you can enjoy a meal next to the water. It is not surprising that as the epicenter of creative and young people the area offers multiple cool cafés/restaurants that focus on sustainability. At Pllek you can enjoy your eco-friendly meal made in the shipping container that is the restaurant, or if you fancy in their outside area right next to the river.
Another great option in Noord is Café de Ceuvel which puts a lot of effort into making their processes as transparent as possible. Their whole business concept concerns the sustainability issues we face nowadays, you can find out more on their website in which they describe the projects they are working on.
If you are looking into the more traditionally Dutch experience you should visit the D’Admiraal windmill in Noord.
Park and Market
If you want to enjoy the sun in a park and not be surrounded by an insane amount of people like at Vondelpark, you should visit the Nooderpark. Additionally, you can take your swimwear and visit the Noorderparkbad.
Noord also offers the Pekmarkt. Depending on the day you go you will find different goods. You can either go on Wednesdays and see the Street Market with a wide variety of food, flowers and other. Oon Fridays there is the Farmers market where you can find plenty of sustainable and organic goods and on Saturdays you will find a mix market that offers food as well as a huge variety of things, from vintage and antiquities to wallpaper and home decor.
Museum and Music
As Amsterdam’s epicenter of creativity, it is not surprising that you can also find most of the Film and Music hubs of the city. The EYE Film Institute has a free permanent collection and multiple exhibitions that center around film as well as four different movie theatres and a film library.
If you are more interested in the music scene you should check out the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. They promote innovative ways to perform music for a diverse audience. They also have temporary exhibitions on famous artists and their work. Another music hotspot is the Bimhuis Jazz Venue, that puts around 150 shows a year with some of the best artists around the world.
One of Amsterdam’s most distinguished sights is the A’dam tower. Here you can either enjoy the views in a revolving restaurant, Moon on the 19th floor, that offers locally sourced and seasonal menus or you can enjoy the views at Madam enjoying a Mediterranean inspired menu.
However, if you are more of an adventurous person you should check out the 360-degree sky deck and Europe’s highest swing!