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The Amsterdam-Noord Route

Noord Amsterdam (North Amsterdam) is a bit different than the rest of Amsterdam. Located on the other side of the IJ river (behind Central Station), this neighborhood was forgotten for a long time. But with many interesting artistic hubs, new restaurants, the metro line to the north on the horizon, and hipster vibe, the ‘Brooklyn’ of Amsterdam is up-and-coming!


Route info

  • Route name: The Amsterdam-Noord Route
  • Distance:
  • Suggested duration: 1 afternoon
  • Best by: ferry + walking or biking (you can take the bike on the ferry for free)
  • Highlights: cultural hubs, the mural of Anne Frank, and the highest swing in the world.


  • A more extensive version of this Amsterdam-Noord route can be found in the travel guide Amsterdam City Guide that you receive for FREE by downloading the Favoroute app and creating an account. Receive this route, plus 4 other walking routes through Amsterdam Center, West, East, and South with more than 150 hotspots in the city!




    The Amsterdam-Noord Route

    Start your Amsterdam-Noord route at Amsterdam Central Station. You can choose to rent a bike for this day, or put on your walking shoes and explore on foot. Behind the station you can find different ferries, taking you for free to the other side of the water. To start this walking route, take the ferry to Buiksloterweg, running every 4 minutes, taking only 5 minutes.


    Once you’ve reached the other side, you’ve entered Amsterdam Noord. Now you are standing next to one of the most iconic and new buildings of Amsterdam: the white EYE Film Museum. Here you can have a coffee on the terrace, overviewing the city center of Amsterdam, or visit the movie exhibition on the ground floor for the movie lovers. Next to the EYE Film Museum, you can find the A'DAM LOOKOUT, with bars, restaurants and the highest swing of the world on the rooftop.




    Over the Edge swing at A'DAM LOOKOUT


    Take your bike and cycle back to the Buiksloterweg ferry and continue your route straight until you’ve reached the Noorderpark. This park is a little green oasis. At the end of the park, make your way towards De Ceuvel, a cultural hub on the cutting edge of technology, sustainability and art. Walk around the place and get information on their mission and what they do. Afterwards, enjoy some delicious food, fresh ginger tea (or beer if the weather is too warm) or one of their fine desserts (the “Yogi blues,” a local favorite). The view is amazing and their improvised tables and chairs gives the place a unique feeling.


    Hop back on the bike and continue the journey to Noorderlicht. Enjoy their delicious warm cheese nachos and a stunning view over the water. In summer nights they have live concerts over the bonfire.


    From there, continue on the Tt. Neveritaweg. On the right side you can see the big warehouses called the IJ Hallen, where twice a month the largest flea market in Europe takes place. Turn left to stay on Tt. Neveritaweg and then go straight until you see restaurant and city beach Pllek. Relax on the beach with a beer or stay cozy inside by the fire. During the summer this is a popular spot for locals looking for some cool breeze.




    City Beach at Pllek


    Last stop of the Amsterdam-Noord route is the Societeit Sexy Land, close to Pllek. It’s an interesting cultural place, running for just 365 days, where different artists, DJ’s, freelancers etc. own the place for a night. Every owner can do with the place what the want, from making a sandpit to a camping. Sexy Land has therefore become the most interesting and diverse location in Amsterdam. Pop in for a surprise – it might be worth it!


    Your North tour has almost finished, but not before you take the ferry back from the NDSM wharf to Amsterdam Central Station. This 14-minute ferry ride is free as well, and will give you a beautiful view over the city of Amsterdam from the water. Make sure to have a look back before hopping on the ferry to see the beautiful mural of Anne Frank, made by the legendary artist Eduardo Kobra.


    A more extensive version of this Amsterdam-Noord route can be found in the travel guide Amsterdam City Guide that you receive for FREE by downloading the Favoroute app and creating an account. Receive this route, plus 4 other walking routes through Amsterdam Center, West, East, and South with more than 150 hotspots in the city!




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    Anne Frank mural - Photo credit: Marco Buddingh




    Pllek




    Noorderlicht




    EYE Museum


    Cover photo by Stijn te Strake.

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