Noorderlicht CaféNoorderlicht is certainly a jewel to be discovered at NDSM Wharf. Don’t worry about ripening on the vine like a cherry tomato in this greenhouse, just find your place on the grassy terrace outside and you won’t sweat a thing. The colourful, mismatched furniture creates a bohemian vibe and the beautiful beer garden ambles down to the sparkling waters for a delightful view that's made even better with a frozen margarita in hand. On weekends, join in with free cultural events which also make good use of the outdoor space.
Café de CeuvelThe unique cafe-restaurant De Ceuvel was built by a community of office-boating innovators as a green tech experiment over what was once a polluted harbour. Everything about the initiative promotes sustainability, including the produce sourced for the completely vegan menu, the fascinating aquaponics greenhouse and the composters for kitchen waste. Find a cosy spot at their stunning outdoor space and you’ll want to stay all day - from a delicious boozy brunch through to that late summer evening borrel.
KlaproosLike Ceuvel, Klaproos isn’t technically in NDSM. But they're both just a short walk from the wharf and so good we don’t need to get all pedantic about it. Drop by for excellent pizzas, antipasti and unusual wines all weekend or get some slices to go and find a spot to eat by the water. The vibe is typical for Amsterdam-Noord and why we love this part of town: a hip converted space decked out in industrial lighting, trendy people of all ages and a gorgeous riverside terrace for sundown.
PllekUndoubtedly one of the most popular riverside hangouts in Amsterdam, Pllek is a large hangar-style restaurant and bar which boasts its own urban beach and a covetable view of the IJ. On sultry summer evenings, relax here, sheltered from the wind, with your feet in the sand and a chilled drink in hand. When it's less warm, grab a spot next to the big campfire that regularly burns into the night - and if the flames get too much, why not be brazen and take a dip in the river?
Cannibale RoyaleWhat do you get when you cross a chic French brasserie with a late-night drinking den? Cannibale Royale serves up creative cocktails and craft beers along with a magnificent melange of decadent bites: burgers, chargrilled ribs, baked camembert and steak tartare. The casual atmosphere encourages feasting, whether its families, big groups of friends or couples who aren’t shy to get their hands covered in barbecue sauce together. DJs spin tunes at the weekend and the place stays open late all week. There are a few veggie menu items but this really is a meat-lovers paradise.
IJverHoused in a former shipbuilding hangar at a gorgeous wharfside location, IJver combines industrial heritage (think eight-metre-high ceilings and burnt steel walls) with warm interiors and a living room vibe. The 18-metre-long bar has no fewer than 34 copper beer taps and when the weather is warm, the large indoor/outdoor terrace buzzes with life. Open for lunch, drinks and dinner, the Franco-Dutch menu features locally grown ingredients cooked on a charcoal grill with their own ales and beers sometimes even woven into the dishes.
Kebec Micro BakeryWhat did the Romans ever do for us? Well according to Kebec, they gifted us delicious sourdough ‘Pizza al Taglio' which means by the slice and in crispy squares (none of that circular nonsense). This hip pizzeria bakes their classic pizzas twice, meaning the dough is light, airy and provides the perfect crunch to accompany all the sumptuous toppings. Swing by for a slice or grab one of their decadent lunchtime sandwiches loaded up with Italian ingredients like provolone cheese, spicy salami, buffalo mozzarella, or fennel sausage.
Fred’s Kitchen & BarIf you are looking for light bites and drinks in chic industrial surroundings by the water, Fred’s has got you covered. The kitchen takes the most addictive dishes from Asia - think dim sum, yakitori skewers, Peking duck rolls, steamed buns and salmon sashimi - and throws them together into an elegant menu that always wakes your tastebuds up. Wash all this down with cava by the glass, a great selection of beers on tap and refreshing classic cocktails, and you’ve got yourself the perfect start to an evening.
IJ-KantineHoused in an iconic building at the former wharf, IJ-Kantine embraces its history as a former office block, assembly hall and later, the shipyard cafeteria. 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. Serving French, Mediterranean and Dutch-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner, IJ-Kantine is the perfect first, last or midday pitstop on a visit to NDSM.
Part of the NoordOogst Urban Agricultural Development, STROOP is all about being as local as possible. The restaurant specialises in a Dutch favourite: pancakes. 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. NoordOogst encourages sustainability, and STROOP goes the extra mile. Bacon is procured from local pigs and vegetables are grown directly in the garden.