Break through the borough bubble
From Landsmeer to the Amstel Kwartier, exploring Amsterdam’s neighbouring boroughs opens up a new world of picturesque landscape, cultural experiences and photo opportunities. To help you start your journey, we have five must-visit places to share with you.
Close to where popular city beach Blijburg recently closed its doors, a new hotspot has thrown out its anchor: Haas & Popi. This café restaurant, which is just as cosy as the name suggests, can be enjoyed all year round, every day of the week. The season determines what’s on the (veggie-rich) menu. During winter, chances are they are serving roasted chestnuts, grilled cauliflower soup with juniper berry, oysters or fresh fish from the North Sea. Wash it down with a savoury glass of natural wine, beer or homemade soda. When summer kicks in, the stove is turned off and the terrace doors are thrown open.
In 2014, ACTA, the Faculty of Dentistry in Slotervaart, was transformed into a creative hub. The name –ACTA– was kept in place. Besides the creatives who work and live in this building, Radion, a cultural playground, also has a venue here. Plus, there is an eatery where you can munch on a delicious burger, pizza or simply enjoy a drink, every day of the week. For your regular dose of art, you can seek refuge in their cultural venue or exhibition area. And for those who want to cut loose can rave from dusk till dawn at the adjacent nightclub (which has a 24-hour licence).
Radion, Louwesweg 1 (Slotervaart) | Open daily | Lunch, dinner, nightclub
Although Anton Heyboer was mostly reckoned in the Netherlands as an overzealous polygamist, he actually left an impressive body of work as a painter and etcher. Since his passing, Heyboer’s home and atelier serve as the Anton Heyboer Art Gallery: a public art gallery that is run by his fifth wife Petra. Just around the corner of Heyboer’s house, lies a tiny, extravagantly decorated museum shop where you can purchase authentic Heyboer artwork.
Anton Heyboer Art Gallery, Den Ilp 63 (Landsmeer) | Open from Wednesday until Sunday
The name of this pavilion at the Zuidas provides a cue for what to expect here. At Circl, everything revolves around circularity, sustainability and zero waste. The tastefully designed co-working space and meeting place has its own rooftop garden and bar where visitors can sip on refreshing cocktails made from produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. And at Circl’s circular restaurant, led by renowned chef Rudolf Brand, fine dishes made using fresh local produce, including vegetarian and vegan options, are served. Done wining and dining? Then head straight for a yoga class, concert, workshop or seminar on fashion, society or economics. If you still have the energy, there’s also an exhibition area and concept store worth checking out.
Circl, Gustav Mahlerplein 1B (Zuidas) | Breakfast, lunch, dinner | Open from Monday until Friday. At events, also open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Once home to the head engineer of the nearby Zuidergasfabriek gas factory, tHUIS aan de AMSTEL is a one-of-a-kind café where visitors can enjoy the perks of an amazing view on the canal, a cup of coffee and a slice of apple crumble pie. The menu includes a range of freshly prepared, finger-licking good culinary treats: from mushroom frittata with balsamic syrup to a savoury cake made with pumpkin, sage and Blue d’Evert cheese. Visit their website to see their schedule of art exhibitions and tastings – during the winter season guests are treated to live jazz, setting the perfect soundtrack for the delightful dining experience.
tHUIS aan de AMSTEL, Korte Ouderkerkerdijk 45 (Amstelkwartier) | Open daily | Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Starting to get the taste for it? Then go on an exploratory adventure through more neighbourhoods throughout the city!