Top 7 restaurants in Amsterdam Noord
Many tourists don’t get a chance to visit Amsterdam Noord (Amsterdam North), the neighbourhood located across the IJ behind Central Station. But it’s certainly worth the free — yes, free — ferry ride! The area has been buzzing with development over the past few years, and a younger, hipper crowd has followed. Green spaces like NoordOogst and cultural centres like the NDSM wharf certainly draw visitors to the area, but it’s often these top restaurants in Amsterdam Noord that get them to stay.
It is not often that you get to see Amsterdam from above. At Moon, a restaurant located on the 19th floor of the renovated A’DAM Tower, you get to enjoy the views of Amsterdam from all sides. The restaurant revolves (literally!) so all guests can enjoy at 360-degree view of the harbour, city centre and the horizon. Lunch patrons can dine à la carte; dinner guests can select one of the set menus of the evening. Using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients — mixed with a few exotic ones, like the Japanese dashi and miso — Moon takes you on a culinary and literal adventure.
There’s more than one place in Amsterdam Noord to view the city from great heights. Also located in A’DAM Tower, Madam is a French and Mediterranean restaurant that promises a magical experience. At lunch, watch the City move while you enjoy your choice of a sandwich, salad or burger. In the evening, the restaurant offers two- or three-course meals before it totally transforms into a trendy skybar serving up cocktails and music to match. Kids are welcome during the day (a special kids’ menu is available), but the skybar is adults-only. Spend an evening at Madam to experience Amsterdam in a whole new light.
3. STROOP Pannenkoeken & Meer
Part of NoordOogst, an urban agricultural development in Amsterdam Noord, STROOP is all about being as local as possible. The restaurant specialises in a Dutch favourite: pancakes. You can choose one of the “world pancakes,” a selection of changing inventions from the kitchen, or build your own with a variety of toppings. Make it savoury with cheese, meat and vegetables or sweet with fruit, granola and whipped cream. There are also sandwiches, snacks and pastries for those who aren’t in the mood for a pancake. A visit to STROOP won’t just feed your belly; it feeds your soul. NoordOogst encourages sustainability, and STROOP goes the extra mile. Bacon is procured from NoordOogst’s Buitengewone Varkens, while the vegetables are grown in the garden.
4. Café-Restaurant Stork
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If you want fish, you’ve got to go to Amsterdam Noord — specifically Café-Restaurant Stork. Situated in an old industrial loft in the former Stork factory from where it gets its name, the restaurant features a giant terrace to enjoy the catch of the day while watching the boats pass by. Fresh fish is always on the menu, with the most popular options including a whole fish such as sea bass or brill. The fruits de mer platter is for those who just can’t get enough shellfish, while the Stork’s Platter is a feast of fish to be shared by two. Café-Restaurant Stork is a member of the sustainable fishing Foundation Fish & Seasons, so you can eat it all with a good conscience.
You can really hang out at Hangar. Built in an old (you guessed it) hangar, the restaurant mixes an industrial feel with a tropical atmosphere. The ceiling features original green and brown corrugated sheet metal from which elegant pendant lights hang — it’s an unusual combination but at Hangar, it works. Lunchtime brings sandwiches and salads to enjoy on the large terrace while viewing the IJ river. In the evening, order a sophisticated dish you wouldn’t expect in a warehouse, such as risotto or côte de boeuf. After dinner, guests can sip on cocktails, wine or a choice of the Italian grappa until Hangar shuts its doors at 01:00.
The history of Amsterdam is alive at Restaurant Brooklyn, with its location on the former NDSM ship wharf. Just as in its olden days, the wharf buzzes with activity — but this time, instead of shippers and industrial folk, artists use the space for exhibitions and musicians for festivals. After checking out the Kunststad (“Art City”) on the wharf, head over to Restaurant Brooklyn for lunch: the Brooklyn Beef Burger is a popular choice, with 100% beef patty and crunchy onion rings. Dinnertime at Restaurant Brooklyn is always a treat — you can enjoy a meal of fish, meat or pasta while you watch the crowd on the wharf die down.
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Another restaurant on the historical NDSM wharf, the IJ-kantine embraces its history with an eye towards the contemporary. The building in which the restaurants sits was formerly an office building, assembly hall and finally a cafeteria for the shipyard before becoming the restaurant it is today. It is a family-friendly place — there’s even a place for children to play, with toys and books to keep them occupied while the adults chat and eat. On Sundays, the restaurant sets up a crafting session specifically for the kids. Serving French, Mediterranean and Dutch-inspired breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea, the IJ-kantine can be your first and last stop when visiting the NDSM wharf.