When in Amsterdam last weekend (as the first #STA Travel Insider), the best travel tip I received was from Ashley (AmsterdamBlog.co.uk). Rather than explore the more touristic areas of A’dam near the Centraal Station, we ducked underground and crossed to the ferry port on the opposite side. There we took one of the free (seriously: FREE – how cool is Amsterdam?!) ferries to Noord (NDSM-werf).

Upon stepping off the ferry in Noord and seeing a Green Peace boat on one side and a submarine painted with graffiti on the other, it was pretty apparent this wasn’t your stereotypical Dutch ‘hood. And after following some colorfully painted signs leading us to the beach (just a 5-minute walk away), we were at the super cool Pllek bar & restaurant.

Exploring Amsterdam’s Hipster ‘Hood in the North

Watch the video below to see what Ashley and I got up to in Noord. Basically it involved some organic food at Pleek, some urban exploring at a warehouse full of artist studios (including a giant sandbox) and some quality chill-out time on the beach. WATCH!

Warehouses, Beaches and Organic Food in Noord

And some photos… enjoy!

Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Taking the ferry from behind Centraal Station — Hello, I’m A’dam ;)
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Filming at Amsterdam Centraal – getting ready to get on the ferry
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
On the ferry — Amsterdam’s weird architecture
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Submarine at NTSDM-werf
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Pllek (“Place” in Dutch) – restaurant made out of shipping containers
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
At Pllek – on the beach in Noord
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Inside Pllek – the food is Texas-themed! What were the odds?!
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Pllek
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Wandering around Noord, there were plenty of photo opportunities
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Super exclusive design hotel in NDSM. It’s Crane 13 – the Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Graffiti and street art in the docks
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
At Norderlicht Cafe
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Norderlicht Café
Amsterdam Noord - Hipster Amsterdam
Sunset at Amsterdam Centraal by the ferries

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