Amsterdam Noord is a vibrant neighbourhood with a passion for art, culture and music. Set on the River IJ, it’s a bastion for creatives and is filled with independent galleries and studios. Dine at trendy restaurants in the revitalised wharf district and visit a museum dedicated to film and cinematography.
Things to do in Amsterdam-Noord
Once a working shipyard, today NDSM Wharf is a cultural hub. The complex has an industrial aesthetic and is filled with edgy galleries, studios and cafes. Sip craft beer at bars built from old shipping containers and shop for treasures at the flea market.
Eye Film Museum occupies a space-age building overlooking the river. Attend a film screening or educational director talk and check out the exhibits on the history of cinematography. The restaurant features a sun-drenched outdoor terrace with stunning views over the harbour.
Get a bird’s eye view of the Dutch capital from the A’DAM Lookout. Ride the high-speed elevator to the 20th-floor observation deck in less than 30 seconds. Enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar, peer through the telescope and get your pulse racing on the 100-metre-high swing.
Relax and enjoy the fresh air in Noorderpark. The green space straddles the Noordhollandsch Canal and features grassy lawns, playgrounds and picnic areas. Within the park are several pavilions where you can enjoy concerts and theatre shows.
Rent a bike and explore scenic cycle routes around Amsterdam Noord. You can pedal through tree-filled neighbourhoods and chocolate-box villages like Durgerdam and Schellingwoude. Venture further afield to reach Beemster and De Schermer, a pair of UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotted with dozens of water windmills.
Getting around Amsterdam-Noord
Amsterdam Noord is compact and easy to get around o foot or bicycle. Free ferries run across the River IJ and connect Amsterdam Noord with the city centre in just minutes. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a 25-minute drive away.