Hello Amsterdam Noord
Amsterdam Noord (North) is Amsterdam's trendiest, most ‘up-and-coming’ neighborhood. The weather-beaten industrial units house everything from the IJ-Hallen flea market at NDSM to lively food truck festivals, while graffiti-laden walls help to lend the area its distinctive vibe. This alternative, unspoiled area of town is where you can enjoy all the benefits of being in a capital city – innovative restaurants, laid-back bars, quirky stores – but without the camera-happy, map-wielding crowds. One place to check out in Noord is the futuristic EYE Film Institute, which you can see from the back of Central Station. With an eclectic program of new and old movies, exhibitions and a really cool bar and restaurant, the EYE should appear close to the top your list of things to see in Amsterdam. You need to cross the IJ to reach north, but don’t worry – boats from Central Station run 24/7 and are free of charge.