24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

24 Hours in Amsterdam Noord: Top 5 Things to See & Do

I don't often return to places I've already visited, no matter how much I love them and wish to go back. I want to see as much of our beautiful planet and experience as many cultures as possible, so revisiting the same spots over and over again is something I generally try to avoid. But every now and again, I stumble upon a place that sweeps me off my feet and a great love affair is unavoidable. Before I moved here, London used to be that place for me - Australia would be up there too if the distance wasn't such a hurdle - but now Amsterdam has taken the number one spot. My favourite thing about it is how small but diverse it is. There's far more to it than just the famous canals and the notorious Red Light District. One of the lesser-known areas worth checking out is definitely Amsterdam-Noord, a hip uptown district on the other side of the river. What used to be an industrial part of the city is now a super cool creative hub, so if you have a day to spare, hop on a free 5-minute ferry from the central station and get exploring!

Ponavadi se redko odločim za ponoven obisk mest, ki sem jih že obiskala, tudi če so mi neizmerno všeč. Veliko raje raziskujem meni še nepoznane kotičke sveta, vsake toliko časa pa vendarle naletim na kraj, ki me kar kliče, da ga spet obiščem. Preden sem se sem preselila, je bil to London (mimogrede, tudi Avstralija bi bila na seznamu, če ne bi bila tako daleč), pred kratkim pa se je na prvo mesto zavihtel Amsterdam. To razmeroma majhno ampak raznoliko mesto je popolnoma osvojilo moje srce. Letos sem se tja odpravila že dvakrat, nazadnje pred mesecem dni, in že načrtujem ponoven pobeg. Amsterdam namreč ponuja veliko več kot le slikovite ulice ob kanalih in pestro nočno življenje z razvpito rdečo četrtjo. Eden izmed manj poznanih predelov na drugi strani reke je Amsterdam-Noord, ki je bil v preteklosti prežet z industrijo, danes pa predstavlja super kul središče kreative in trajnostnih  projektov. Do tja se lahko zastonj zapelješ s pet minutnim trajektkom izpred centralne postaje in si ga s pomočjo mojih nasvetov spodaj do potankoma ogledaš v enem dnevu. 
adam tower

First head over to the A'DAM Tower for an amazing 360 view of the city. A ticket to the A'DAM Lookout will cost you €12,50 and give you access to the two-level observation deck - the bottom floor is an indoor restaurant and the upper a super cool open sky deck with bean bags you can chill out on as well as a 'death swing' that lets you swing over the edge of the building for extra €5. Oh, and the elevator ride to the top is quite an experience too. In a good way! Click here to see what I'm taking about.

Začni z obiskom A'DAM Tower, ene izmed višjih stavb, ki ponuja čudovit razgled nad mestom. Vstopnica za €12,50 ti ponuja vstop na panoramsko ploščad v dveh nivojih - v spodnjem zastekljenem nadstropju lahko tudi nekaj poješ in popiješ, v zgornjem odprtem delu pa lahko uživaš v razgledu medtem ko počivaš na vreči za sedenje, ali pa se za dodatnih €5 podaš na 'gugalnico smrti', ki te ponese čez rob stavbe. Mogoče ne najboljša izbira za akrofobike, ampak prisežem, da ni tako grozno, kot se sliši. Zanimiva (ampak čisto nič strašna) pa je tudi sama vožna z dvigalom do vrha. O čem govorim, si lahko ogledaš tule
adam lookout swing

Then, once you're full of adrenaline rush, it's time to relax. A boat tour of the canals with Pure Boats, a sustainable boutique tour company, is the perfect way to unwind - I couldn't recommend them enough. Joining James and Geertje for a tailored 90-minute ride to get to know Amsterdam from another perspective was by far my favourite part of my day in Amsterdam Noord. It was so different from the usual tourist offerings where they sit you on a big boat and tell you historical facts you can read in every guidebook over the speaker. It was more like having your local friends show you around while having a good old chat, and we all know that's the best way to explore a new place. Not to mention the boat is super nice and you can even try out some beverages and snacks from local suppliers on board too! I may or may not have had gin at 10 o'clock in the morning... To rent a whole boat (captain included), which sits 12 people, it will cost you €250, but you can obviously go with friends or pair up with other explorers, in which case it works out €20 for each. Not bad, not bad at all!

Po adrenalinski izkušnji pa prija malo sprostitve... Na primer ogled mesta in njegovih kanalov z ladjico! Namesto tipično turističnega ogleda, kjer se ti iz zvočnikov predvaja vnaprej posneta kaseta (no, verjetno kakšna mp3 datoteka v današnjih časih) z zgodovinskimi dejstvi, ki si jih lahko prebereš v vsakem potovalnem vodiču, preveri ponudbo Pure Boats, butičnega podjetja s trajnostno vizijo in persionaliziranim pristopom za katerim stojita simpatična James in Geertje. Sama sem bila z njima na njuni 90 minutni vožnji in uživala na polno. Počutila sem se, kot da se družim z lokalnima prijateljema in s prve roke izvedela veliko zanimivosti o življenju v Amsterdamu, kar je meni osebno najboljši način spoznavanja kultur in odkrivanja novih mest. Električni čoln, ki sta ga zasnovala sama, je izredno lep in udoben, da se počutiš še bolj dobrodošlo pa poskrbita s ponudbo lokalnih prigrizkov in pijače. Kako zelo sem se sprostila ti lahko pove informacija, da sem prvič (in verjetno tudi zadnjič) v življenju pila gin - ob desetih zjutraj, haha. Najem celotne ladjice s kapitanom vred stane €250 oziroma €20 na glavo, če se ti priduži še 11 sopotnikov (ladjica sprejme 12 ljudi).
pure boats amsterdam

v2c dutch dry gin

amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour
amsterdam noord boat tour

Next you can stretch your legs and hop on a bike to continue exploring Amsterdam like a proper local! You can rent one at TIP Noord - I of course picked up a mint one - and have a ride around the area, admiring the cute little houses, checking out De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill, and stopping at De Ceuvel Cafe for a delicious, organic vegan lunch. De Ceuvel is actually more than just a place to stop for lunch. It's an urban development built on a former shipyard with spaces for creative entrepreneurs to work at, organise workshops and help build a more sustainable community, which is a movement I definitely stand behind.

Da si po vožnji z ladjico pretegneš noge, si lahko pri TIP Noord sposodiš kolo - jaz sem si ga izbrala v mint barvi, kaj pa drugega - in se odpraviš na 'kopenski' ogled mesta v stilu lokalcev. Ogledaš si lahko soseske s prisrčno nizozemsko arhitekturo, zapelješ do mlina De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal in se ustaviš na kosilu v De Ceuvel Cafe s pestro in zelo okusno izbiro organskih veganskih prigrizkov. De Ceuvel drugače ni samo restavracija, ampak urbani prostor na območju bivše ladjedelnice, kjer kreativni podjetniki organizirajo različne dogodke za spodbujanje trajnostnega razvoja skupnosti. Super zadeva!
De Krijtmolen d'Admiraal windmill amsterdam


de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan

de ceuvel cafe amsterdam vegan
While in Amsterdam Noord, you also have to swing by a former ship wharf called NDSM, which is now a hipster, creative hub with Berlin kind of vibes. There's empty warehouses, amazing street art every way you look, a crane that was transformed an exclusive hotel and another sustainable cafe to check out - Pllek. It's a really cool spot I already visited on my first trip to Amsterdam, with its own beach on the waterfront and amazing views of the city.

NDSM, bivše pristanišče, je še en predel, ki ga je vredno obiskati. Mene z ulično umetnostjo na vsakem vogalu zelo spominja na Berlin, tam pa najdeš tudi ogromna prazna skladišča; žerjav, ki so ga preuredili v ekskluziven hotel; ter še eno super restavracijo - Pllek, ki sem jo obiskala že med svojim prvim obiskom Amsterdama. Prav tako je trajnostno usmerjena z odlično ponudbo vegetarijasnkih jedi, poleg tega pa ima še čisto pravo peščeno plažo s pogledom na mesto. 
amsterdam noord street art graffiti
amsterdam noord ndsm


amsterdam noord ndsm crane hotel

To finish off the day, you can dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs, but since I'm a bit of a granny myself and tend to avoid them, I made another trip to the A'DAM Tower for the amazing night views (just look at that moon) and then spent the rest of the night at Clink NOORD, the best place to stay on this side of the river. They have their own bar with music as well as fun activities planned every night of the week, so you won't be missing out on any fun! To find out more about the hostel, check out my full review over here.

Zaključek dneva si lahko popestriš z obiskom enega izmed nočnih lokalov, ker pa sem sama bolj nežurerske sorte, sem se namesto žuranja odločila za ponoven obisk A'DAM Tower in naredila še nekaj nočnih posnetkov, preden sem se odpravila nazaj v Clink NOORD, najboljši hostel v Amsterdamu, kjer mi ni bilo prav nič dolgčas. Imajo namreč svoj bar z (živo) glasbo, poleg tega pa vsak večer organizirajo tudi zabavne aktivnosti, od karaok in filmskih večerov do kvizev in beer ponga. Več o samem hostlu na tej povezavi, kjer te čaka moja celostna ocena.
amsterdam night view adam lookout
amsterdam night view adam lookout

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