Amsterdam/NoordAmsterdam north of the IJ. It is residential district, and with about 86,000 inhabitants, it has the size of a medium-sized city (and it is growing at a rapid pace—three new neighborhoods are under construction). This district has remained well off the radar among tourists visiting Amsterdam, so amenities are not well-developed. It looks strikingly different from the city center, so get in with an open mind. Yet, there is more to see than you might think. The ferry to it in itself is a breeze, crossing the river IJ and showing the urban landscape of Noord. Get off at the NDSM shipyard, that functioned as a shipyard as recently as the 1980s, but now boasts a lively art scene. Urban culture comes alive in its large skate park. Then patch up your bicycle, and ride it through the rural farmland in the east. The picturesque villages Ransdorp and Zunderdorp are favorites among the locals for their traditional Dutch farmhouses.
The north lies fairly isolated from the rest of Amsterdam, but there is a free GVB ferry from Centraal Station in the Binnenstad. Instead of just being a way to get in, the ferry ride is an attraction in itself. It gives a great view over the urban harbor-front, and shows the diversity of the north's residents. Large signs show when the next boat is departing, and when it does, expect masses of locals getting on with their bicycles. Getting on just before the boat leaves seems to have turned into a sport here. You can take off at different piers, the NDSM shipyard being the most notable. If you want to do some further exploring, be sure to bring a bicycle and a decent map.
Noord is also connected to the rest of Amsterdam by the Schellingwouderbrug bridge and the three road tunnels the Coentunnel, IJtunnel, and Zeeburgertunnel. Amsterdam's Central Station connects via tramline 52, the North/South-line, which has two stops in Noord: and . Line 52 is served by one train every six minutes, or ten per hour going either direction. Hence, planning your journey isn't a necessity.
There's not much to see around here, but you might want to check out the windmill. It's not open to the public.
address: Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 21Windmill on the bank of the Noordhollands Kanaal in the north, ferry from Central Station.
Take the ferry over the IJ that run on the north side of Amsterdam Centraal. These are free of charge and provide nice views of the harbor and skyline. Take the ferry to Buiksloterweg and make a short walk to the EYE Film Institute for its architecture and free exhibition in the basement.
phone: +31 20 589-1400address: IJpromenade 1EYE is an institute dedicated to the preservation of film for future generations. Its the successor of the Filmmuseum. It has four film theatres with alternative screenings such as art films. In April the Imagine Film Festival is held here with screenings dedicated to exploitation, cult and lower budget films. Well worth it if you're a fan of the genre.
address: Buikslotermeerplein Amsterdam
phone: +31 20 494 0684address: Meidoornweg 2A restaurant and cafe in a hall which used to be a bank.
phone: +31 20 634 4000address: Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201A fish and seafood restaurant in an old factory on the banks of the river.
phone: +31 20 363 8657address: Aambeeldstraat 36A redesigned aircraft hangar, turned restaurant.
phone: +31 20 632 6055address: Spreeuwenpark 3An Indian and Nepalese restaurant. Vegetarian friendly.
phone: +31 20 290 0020address: Tt. Neveritaweg 59A bar and restaurant in an old industrial area, by the river.
phone: +31 20 636 3388address: Buiksloterweg 3-5, 1031 CC Amsterdam
phone: +31 20 7630650address: Tolhuisweg 5, 1031 CL Amsterdam
phone: +31 20 634-800address: Distelkade 21, 1031 XP Amsterdam
phone: +31 20 632-3131address: Rode Kruisstraat 283-star hotel with 86 rooms.