Restaurants and bars in NDSM
The disused hangars and shipping containers of this former dockyard area first attracted the city’s edgy creative community. With them, came the food. Over the course of the last decade, NDSM has secured the reputation of being a go-to hotspot for eating out and nightlife. Along the IJ, the beach terraces offer exceptional views, whilst the open-plan spaces have attracted many of the city’s most exciting sustainable food initiatives to set up shop in the neighbourhood. On top of this you’ll find a huge range of cocktail joints, cosy cafes, fine-dining restaurants and waterside bars all crammed into a small area.
Perched on an old shipyard slipway at the NDSM-wharf and constructed entirely of scrap metal and glass, Helling7 is a new all-day restaurant where the circular theme extends to the menu. Everything is made using local, sustainable ingredients - all cooked over coals in an open kitchen. You'll find dishes like the Catch of the Day: succulent monkfish with an unagi (Japanese eel) glaze, beurre blanc, Beluga lentils and savoy cabbage. But the star of the show here really are the dockside views and a rooftop terrace that’s apparently one of Amsterdam’s largest.
Noorderlicht 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 Ceuvel
The 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.
Like 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.
Undoubtedly 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?
What 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.
Housed 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.
Fred’s Kitchen & Bar
If 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.
From the genius minds behind Pllek, comes Next, a new restaurant to grace the industrial shipyard buildings of the NDSM Wharf. The restaurant is open daily from 09.30 till late, so you can reserve a spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply cocktails from their stand-out bar team. Indulge in creative dishes such as cauliflower with maple syrup and pico de gallo, artichoke with romesco sauce and halibut with sage and a beurre blanc. The restaurant also boasts astonishing views of the harbour and ferries sailing to and from Central Station.