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Walk Amsterdam’s Vogelbuurt

This week we are going to discover another part of Amsterdam Noord. At the moment, Noord is the place to be. This part of Amsterdam is rapidly changing. New restaurants, cafe’s, clubs and small businesses have transformed Noord from a suburb to an attractive and adventurous Amsterdam district. During this tour you’ll get to know two neighborhoods and walk alongside the IJ water with a beautiful view on the city skyline. This tour has a focus on some of the smaller businesses that are located in Noord, like some of the best Amsterdam breweries and the cute inn: Mandela huisje. This route also includes a small dog playground, in case you want to bring your best friend along.

Enjoy your walk!

?Distance: 5km 
Total Walking Time:
55 min
?Calories: 310
Directions: Hit this Link, then click the top right corner of the map to open full screen in Google Maps

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Route Highlights

Best Roast en Route: Al Ponte – Caffe’ Italiano

Ok we’ll be honest: it’s not really the best coffee in the world, but Al Ponte is one of the most fun places to have a coffee. The reason is that the coffee place is right next to the docking station of the ferry to Central Station. This allows for everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure: people-watching. Even if that’s not your thing (which we don’t believe, but whatever), the view on the water is amazing. In summer it’s quite likely you’ll see one of the many cruise ships docked at the Passenger Terminal.

Highlight A: Willemsluis

This little monument was built in 1824 and has not really changed since 1867. This is the first lock built in the Netherlands and, at the same time, also the first double lock in the Netherlands. Double because there is a bigger and a smaller lock for differently sized boats. In the 19th century, the Willemsluis was of social and economical importance as the gateway between Amsterdam’s ports on the IJ-river and the Noord-Holland Canal which directly led to the sea. Now, it is mainly used for recreational sailing.

Highlight B: Dog Playground

This is a wonderful place to visit with your dog. On this dog playground, you can find a whole obstacle course where your dog can play, meet other dogs, and learn new tricks. This reminds us of a joke by our favorite dog: Snoop Doggy Dog.
Why does Snoop Dog always carry an umbrella? For Drizzle!


Highlight C: Mosque El Mousshine

In 2005, this building was transformed in the mosque you can see today. The building had contained prayer rooms for years prior. The architect wanted to visibly show off that this house functioned as an Islamic house of prayer. This was achieved by the use of minarets and striking colors. Green is the colour of the Islam and so the green tiles refer to the religion and paradise. The blue tiles refer to heaven, cleanliness, clarity and honesty.

Highlight D: Walhalla Craft Beer

Walhalla is a small Amsterdam-based brewery. With 13 beers on tap, and some bottled, this brewery constantly tries to improve and experiment with its beer flavors, introducing two new beers each month. According to the founder Aart van Bergen, one night in 2015 he was visited by the gods, who gave him the assignment to brew their favorite beers. Each beer is inspired by gods from all over the world. Remarkable are also the beer labels, artistically trying to represent the beers (and gods) characteristics.

Making reservations to sit on the terrace is recommended but not obligated. Notice their slightly off opening hours; they’re also closed Mon-Wed.

Highlight E: Industrial area Hamerstraat

This industrial area is booming. It is the alternative, hip and trendy part of Amsterdam that everyone has to experience. Besides the two breweries that you’ ll pass on this tour, this area has a lot more to offer:
Stork: a fish restaurant along the water of the IJ
The FoodMarkt: a fancy supermarket that includes a pizzeria and sushi bar
The Skate Cafe: complete with a ramp inside
De Kromhout Hal: THE location for some of Amsterdam’s best food festivals
Hotel de Goudfazant: Amazing food in an old garage, and many more amazing restaurants, fun cafes and weird spots for you to explore.

Highlight F: Oedipus brewery

Oedipus brewery is another Amsterdam-based brewery. The Oedipus taproom is the best place to taste their freshest brews and new experiments. The taproom is literally inside the brewery. Depending on your arrival time you will be able to see the brewers at work. The brewing area of this small warehouse is almost completely visible from the taproom. The taproom contains a lot of art, often live music, 14 taps, and amazing food by the Beef Chiefs. If for some reason the beer is not reason enough to hop in, the amazing burgers and fries are a whole extra reason to go inside.

Making reservations to sit on the terrace is recommended but not obligated. Notice their slightly off opening hours; they’re also closed Mon-Wed.

Highlight G: Vogelbuurt

This Neighborhood was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. This district contains residential houses and was destined for the workers. The neighborhood consists of two separate parts. The southern part was built during and after WWI. The northern part of the neighborhood was finished in 1928. Both parts of the neighborhood were designed after the garden city model. The city was very tight and there was, and still is, not a lot of place for nature and for houses to contain gardens. That is why the architects designed residential houses, where the lower apartments contained a garden, to escape the smog and tightness of the city.

Highlight H: Het Mandela Huisje

This beautiful little inn contains a small terrace in the middle of the IJ. Named after Nelson Mandela, it is a place where interconnectedness is celebrated. Behind the green house, you’ll find a little glass house, which is used for brainstorms and meeting about important themes, such as respect for each other and corporate social responsibility. At night this glass house turns into a romantic suite.
The terrace offers a beautiful view on the water and the city skyline. Away from the crowds and cars of the city, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a nice cold beer, or some hot coffee.
Het Mandela huisje is generally open between 11.00 and 21.00, but since it is a summer terrace and there is no inside, the terrace closes during bad weather.


Your Fav Hidden Gems

The above highlights are just some of our favorite spots along the way. If something catches your eye while en route, share a picture with us so we can share with the group next week. Email is the best.

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