If you’re familiar with Hotel Casa, you know we like all things Away from the Ordinary. North Amsterdam is where creativity thrives, and it’s right up CASA’s alley. This city area is just a quick 5-minute free boat ride from Amsterdam Centraal, making it the perfect spot for a day of inspiration. Let’s explore the 10 hotspots in North Amsterdam.


Grab your breakfast at this industrial waterfront venue

Hotspots North Amsterdam PLLEK

📍T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam

Begin your North Amsterdam journey at Pllek: a bustling waterfront venue with stunning views and a diverse brunch/lunch menu. With cool decor and lounge areas, it’s an industrial-chic hotspot where you can relax in stylish container interiors. Pllek’s commitment to sustainability shines through in locally sourced ingredients and eco-friendly practices. Dinner is excellent as well, and drinks are served late. Don’t miss this great spot!


Europe's biggest flea market

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍NDSM-Plein 28, 1033 WB Amsterdam

Score big at Europe’s largest flea market, the IJ-Hallen. The market nestled in the historic NDSM-wharf of Amsterdam Noord, only a 3-minute walk from PLLEK. The flea market is held just once a month and is a treasure trove of secondhand gems both indoors and out. Easily accessible by the pont from Amsterdam Centraal, it’s a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Experience the lively atmosphere, mingle with diverse crowds, and hunt for that perfect bargain – if luck is on your side!


Graffiti museum right next to the IJ-Hallen

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍NDSM-Plein 1, 1033 WC Amsterdam

STRAAT is a museum dedicated to street art and graffiti and is the perfect museum in combination with the IJ-Hallen. The museum boasts an impressive collection of over 180 works by 170+ artists. Housed in an 8,000 square meter former shipyard warehouse on the NDSM wharf, it offers a unique perspective on street art’s impact on culture, fashion, and design. A visit to this museum promises a fresh perspective on art and culture.


Discover the world of cinema on the other side of the river

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam

More into the world of cinema? The Eye Film Museum on Amsterdam’s IJ river houses a remarkable collection of 54,000 films, including blockbusters, classics, and cult favorites. In addition to discovering the art of filmmaking, you can enjoy movies in one of its four theaters. The museum’s captivating design appears to be in motion, a work of art in itself. If you want to go to the museum directly, we recommend taking the ferry “Buikslotermeer” instead of “NDSM” which takes you to previous hotspots.


Pétanque & drinks in an urban setting

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍 Buikslotermeerplein 2009, 1025 XL Amsterdam

If you’re with a bigger group in Amsterdam, then BoulesBitesBar is the perfect place to have some serious fun. This concept offers a fusion of food, drinks, and pétanque in an urban setting. With jeu de boules courts accommodating up to 300 guests, it’s ideal for spontaneous fun with friends or team-building activities. Enjoy delicious bites and drinks from their extensive menu while engaging in the simple yet engaging game of pétanque. It’s a little further away, but worth the walk!


A visit to Netherlands' pioneering media art museum

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍 Asterweg 22, 1031 HP Amsterdam

The third and last museum we fully recommend in North is NXT Museum. It is the Netherlands’ pioneering media art museum, offering a glimpse into the future as soon as you step through its doors. At this museum, they employ the latest technologies while also introducing you to digital innovations you may not have encountered before. Immerse yourself in the rapid evolution of media and let the movements, colors, and stimuli captivate you within the walls of this former production house.


If you’re interested in museums other than in North Amsterdam, read CASA’s blog with the 12 must-visit museums in Amsterdam.


Culinary excellence with a youthful ambiance

Hotspots North Amsterdam Hotel De Goudfazant

📍Aambeeldstraat 30, 1021 KB Amsterdam

If you’re still in Amsterdam Noord by dinner time, then Hotel De Goudfazant is the place to be. It’s industrial-chic interior housed in a vast 1200m2 warehouse sets the scene for culinary excellence. The menu is refreshingly simple, offering Mediterranean-inspired dishes enjoyed by Amsterdam’s creative elite. With its cool ambiance, youthful service staff, and consistently excellent cuisine, it’s a must-visit destination for seafood and steak lovers.


Dining while watching your new favourite movie

Hotspots North Amsterdam FC Hyena

📍Aambeeldstraat 24, 1021 KB Amsterdam

For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, why not try this movie theatre right next to Hotel Goudfazant? FC Hyena isn’t your average cinema; it’s a cozy spot where film, wine, and food come together seamlessly. Imagine this: you’re in a movie theater, surrounded by vibrant benches, with a delicious plate of fresh food on your lap. No more sneaking in snacks – at FC Hyena, you can enjoy their tasty dishes while watching your favourite movie, all from the comfort of your seat. Say hello to a movie experience that’s truly enjoyable!


Catch a concert right before catching the ferry

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍 IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam

Don’t forget to catch a concert on your way home. In fact, Tolhuistuin is right by the ferry terminal. This concert venue is an integral part of Paradiso and is a vibrant cultural haven. Boasting an idyllic garden as its centerpiece, it connects iconic buildings hosting various concert halls, among other amenities. Welcoming around 1,000 visitors daily, it’s renowned for its diverse concert lineup, ranging from intimate theater shows to grand performances and outdoor festivals. Go to their website to see the current line-up.


Where skating meets chill

Hotspots North Amsterdam

📍Gedempt Hamerkanaal 42, 1021 KM Amsterdam

Looking for one last activity to top of your day? Head over to Skatecafé! It’s a local favourite, making it a hidden gem for tourists. With its massive skate ramp, you’ll know right away what this place is all about: skating. But besides skating (lessons), you can also enjoy an à la carte menu. However, the real highlight? An evening of partying to house music. Fun fact: the guys who built the stands for FC Hyena and gained experience in the kitchen at Hotel de Goudfazant are the masterminds behind Skatecafé’s concept.

There is something for every hour of the day in North Amsterdam. So, why wait? Start planning your adventure today and uncover the treasures that await in this eclectic and thriving neighborhood!


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