Parked in the middle of Noorderpark, café-restaurant Pompet adds a touch of French finesse to the neighbourhood. The menu is filled to the brim with Franco-inspired dishes, they serve a multitude of French natural wines and they have a real boules alley. While away a few hours on the petanque pitch before tucking into salads, mussels, sardines, rillettes, pates, cheeses and gefrituurde escargots (we’ll leave you to translate that last one). The large playground opposite makes this a great spot for fatigued parents to wind down.
You haven’t tasted Mexican food until you’ve been to Coba Taqueria where the salsas are out-of-this-world and the margaritas get the party started. Indulge in sublime tacos and intriguing tequilas in a cheerful, unpolished interior with wicker stools and cactuses positioned here and there. The menu features a daring array of tacos: one tortilla is stuffed with soft-cooked pork neck and grilled pineapple, and another contains pulpo, brown beans and peanuts.
Oedipus Brewing Tap Room
For over a decade, Oedipus Brewing’s reputation has been going from strength to strength, to the point where you’ll now find their beers sold across the city. A visit to their colourful taproom is well worth the trip, where the vibrant terrace and rambling interiors will be packed with beer-lovers in their element. Sample a flight of experimental creations such as the Thai Thai Tripel flavoured with East Asian aromatics or the Mannenliefde Saison made with lemongrass and Szechuan pepper. Or, for a true sensory explosion, combine the house-brewed beers with mouth-watering and award-winning burgers courtesy of The Beef Chief.
Corner Store is not a shop as the name might suggest, but a wonderfully vibey restaurant/cocktail bar with a great terrace in Noord. Inside, the decor is spacious and light and music (courtesy of the DJ booth) plays a central role. The menu carries predominantly Japanese-inspired dishes such as raw halibut with fennel and kosho (a chili-citrus marinade), cucumber with seaweed and dashi or spicy fried chicken. The cocktail selection is knockout and you’ll also find some superb sakes and wines on the drinks list.
Recently-opened Vietnamese bistro, Papa Thang, is already a firm favourite for many! Chef Thang Pham takes inspiration from his roots, mixing traditional Vietnamese food with the irreverence of the street, a touch of international flavour and a lot of creativity. The result is a colourful menu of delicious playful dishes that will get your tastebuds tingling in new ways. And if you happen to have a boat, you can also sail by to pick up a takeaway picnic basket.
Hotel de Goudfazant
The name might suggest an old-fashioned family hotel but actually, de Goudfazant is a hip restaurant on the water’s edge where the chefs are cooking up a storm. In this gigantic 1200m2 shed, the menu is as unfussy as the decor is rugged. Original rust-brown pillars and unpainted walls contrast with the mega-chandelier made from glass bottles, red canteen chairs and linen tablecloths. During the summertime, this is where you can rub shoulders with Amsterdam’s creative in-crowd eating outside.
Skatecafé is hip Amsterdam’s latest hang-out where the first thing to catch the eye will be the massive skate ramp. Besides skateboarding, you can enjoy an affordable beer or tuck into mouth-watering Peking duck pancakes. During winter you can expect to find an outdoor ice skating rink.
Following the success of their city-centre stores, Fromagerie Abraham Kef had the genius idea to open a third location in Noord, this time with a tasting room. The reputation of this artisanal cheesemonger reaches back to 1953, sourcing the finest French and Dutch cheeses crafted by small producers for the lactose-craving people of Amsterdam. Sip on delicious wines as you sample a fine cheese platter, complete with terrific olives, pâtés, rillette and charcuterie from the very best local makers.
It is not often that you get to see Amsterdam from above. At Moon, a restaurant located on the 19th floor of A’DAM Lookout, 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.
Spend an evening at Madam to experience Amsterdam in a whole new light. Also located in A’DAM Lookout, 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.
If you want fish, you’ve got to go to Stork. With a stunning, south-facing terrace jutting out over the water, this former ship-engine factory is now one of Amsterdam’s best seafood restaurants. The ultimate spot to lazily admire the cruise ships and tugboats navigating the River IJ on a sunny day. The menu is always fresh and bountiful – especially the seafood platter sporting North Sea crab, snow crab, mussels, clams, smoked salmon and mackerel rillettes.
You can really hang out at Hangar, a stylish restaurant which mixes industrial vibes with a tropical atmosphere. The ceiling features original green and brown corrugated sheet metal from which elegant pendant lights hang — an unusual combination that really works. Lunchtime brings sandwiches and salads to enjoy on the large terrace overlooking the IJ. In the evening, order sophisticated unexpected dishes such as risotto or côte de boeuf as you sip on cocktails, wine or Italian grappa.
Klaproos pizzeria exemplifies everything that 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. Drop by for excellent pizzas, antipasti and unusual wines all weekend or grab some slices to go and find a spot to eat by the water.
Cafe de Ceuvel
This unique cafe-restaurant was built by a community of office-boating innovators as a green tech experiment over what was once a polluted harbour. Everything about De Ceuvel 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.