Originally a canteen for the traders at the food market next door, the newly-renovated Marktkantine now feeds the souls of music-hungry party people. The 3000 square feet space contains a range of dance areas and stages with several smaller rooms for more intimate performances. Along with the various gigs and club nights the building is also home to a restaurant, theatre, creative workplaces and event spaces for workshops. Every October, the venue hosts special parties and record-label nights during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) - one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.
No Man's Art Gallery & Bar
This dynamic exhibition space is a welcome addition to a rapidly developing corner of Bos en Lommer. What started as a travelling pop-up gallery in 2011, No Man's Art Gallery now has a permanent location and continues to showcase a rotating programme of international early-career artists. After catching a show, the restaurant and bar is a great place to unwind with a cocktail or a coffee whilst the elegant lunch and evening menus carefully balance flavours from across the world.
Those lucky enough to be in town whilst there’s an exhibition on, should definitely see what’s up at Gallery Mercatorplein. In partnership with Amsterdam-West council, internationally renowned museum Foam transforms this public square into an open air photo exhibition that’s freely accessible to the diverse community of De Baarsjes. Each work is blown up to an intimidating scale so that tiny details can be appreciated, whilst scannable QR codes provide viewers with more information about the artists and subjects. The iconic architectural surroundings of Mercatorplein with its 1920s red brick buildings make the experience quite unique.
Located in a former church on the Bos en Lommerweg, Podium Mozaïek embraces the multiculturalism and diversity that shines in this part of Amsterdam. Their broad programme includes music, theatre, dance, exhibitions, and spoken word with a focus on language-no-problem performances. The sunny café-restaurant terrace is a fantastic meeting place, serving a range of international dishes and drinks throughout the day. On weekends, the traditional Turkish brunch with its tasty assortiment of hot and cold mezze and unlimited tea is highly recommended.
Keith Haring mural
Amsterdam’s evolving street art scene holds constant surprises. This large mural depicting a fantastical creature with a fish-like tail was painted by Keith Haring in 1986 on the side of a market depot. Stretching a to colossal 15m wide, the artwork is one of the artist’s few surviving public works. The work was initially concealed by an aluminium wall but after much lobbying from local enthusiasts it was finally brought into the daylight in 2018 and more recently restored. You’ll need to head over to the parking lot at Willem de Zwijgerlaan on Karel Doormanstraat to view this impressive piece.
De Baarsjes is home to several striking buildings in the Amsterdam School style, an architectural movement of the early 20th century rooted in socialist ideals. Het Sieraad and Jeruzalemkerk are considered to be real highlights from this period, whilst the apartment blocks and government buildings around Mercatorplein and along Hoofdweg carry their own iconic 1920s appeal. There are plenty of resources in the city to learn more about this fascinating period in design history including guided tours organised by Museum Het Schip. Alternatively, pick up one of the museum’s route maps and take a walk around the neighbourhood at your own pace.