Amsterdam-Noord is one of the trendiest areas in the city, full of interesting places to see. Located behind Central Station and across the canal, this district is home to cutting-edge architecture, galleries and art studios that offer a delightful village atmosphere.
Several attractions bring visitors to Amsterdam-Noord. One of the city’s new architectural icons is EYE Film Museum, home to cinemas, film archives and cafes. The A’DAM Tower and NDSM Werf are close by, the latter, a former shipyard THAT is now occupied by a fun skate park, restaurants, offices and galleries. The splendid Muziekgebouw concert hall is appreciated by both visitors and locals, as performance art exhibitions and live concerts are held in the hall. Those seeking a Dutch bargain should head to Pekmarkt. There are themed market days where visitors can explore the plethora of vintage products, organic produce and clothing. Amsterdam-Noord also home to a creative culinary scene. The area has innovative dining spaces including a restaurant inside a shipping container and a decorative, floating Chinese eatery. One of the best ways to explore the city is via bicycle, as it’s a safe, quiet area in which to enjoy outdoor activities. From Amsterdam-Noord it is easy to walk to the bustling Dam Square, Anne Frank House and world famous Red Light District" of De Wallen.
Amsterdam-Noord can be accessed on foot over the bridges, or by ferry from behind Amsterdam Central Station. The ferry across the IJ is free and popular with locals and travellers. Metros, trams and buses also frequent the area. The Amsterdam City Card, which is prepaid, offers visitors unlimited use of the public transport system within the city for the duration of their stay. Bicycles are also a fun way to explore the district Dutch style and can be hired across the city.
Amsterdam-Noord became part of the city in the 12th century when fishermen lived along the river banks. However, recent excavations discovered pottery and stone artefacts which could date this area as far back as the Neolithic era. Throughout the centuries, the city has been home to migrants and merchants seeking safety in the boroughs of Amsterdam. Today, Amsterdam-Noord is a creative, fascinating, hip area to visit. State of the art buildings coupled with charming houses and flea markets, art studios and eclectic dining establishments, it is sure to attract visitors from all over the world.