With this side of the city, Amsterdam sets forward the future with its more communal and architectural genius. Once a wasteland to abandoned factories with no personality or class, has been remixed into a vibrant artistic and commercial hub. Restaurants, art galleries, pop up events, community bases and a beach (yes a beach). 10 out of 10 when it comes to creativity and pure entrepreneurial spirit.
At first this may seem like junk yard around a greenhouse frame, but venture inside and you’ll be rewarded with hippy vibes. This café is the best place to be on a sunny weekend evening, as the locals flock to the riverside for a tasty dinner and refreshing beer. Dishes range in price, but my suggestion is the veggie hot dog served with ketchup, mustard and crusty onions (€8.50) alongside a fruity white beer (€3.80). Fish and meats are sustainable, and the bread is organic too!
The shell canteen has also morphed into something new, a super hip cultural foodie hub, music venue and art gallery. I suggest curling up in one of their hammocks and sharing a platter of the garlic popcorn!
For a bike ride walk and a drop of history, take a stroll down these streets. You’ll find picturesque neoclassical villas, which were built for shipbuilding families in the early 1900’s, and a 16th century lock-keeper’s cottage. Don’t forget to take your camera!
Welcome to the hipsterrific paradise…and by paradise, I mean a man made beach, cocktails and party vibes. Built from unused shipping containers, Pllek is as alternative as it gets. Once that sun starts to shine, locals flock on the free ferry to indulge in street food or unwind in a regular yoga class. Plonk yourself on a bean bag and dive into their delicious (and rather expensive) menu.
A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips! These guys don’t care about that old jargon, as they offer up a unique challenge – all you can eat pancakes in 75 minutes! Buy a ticket (€17.50) abroad this pleasure boat and see how many you can eat!
A revolving restaurant and Europe’s highest swing…I’m sold! Formerly a Shell HQ, this spot has been converted into a party till you drop club, restaurant, and hotel that even boasts rooftop views. You must try out the swing, which overlooks the canal. It’s €13.50 to enter and another €5 for the swing, but every cent is worth it for the thrill. My top tip is to book online in advance and book a timeslot for sunset.
Get yourself down here for the weekend (Thursday – Saturday) and explore street food, fashion and even a farmer’s fare (on Friday’s). This place has transformed itself from a garden village for port workers, to an artisans market and vintage lover’s heaven. It’s the prime location to nab up a unique and valuable souvenir.
Eye Film Museum
You won’t miss this giant architectural beauty as it invites you in to enjoy film and art exhibitions. You can also find a great panoramic view of the IJ Harbour and central Station from their restaurant. Make sure you reserve a table for dinner, it’s a popular spot.