I love Noord!

Now I shall not confess to being an Amsterdam expert, for I have only just spent a few days exploring the city for the very first time this past month.

However, even though I only spent a few short days in Amsterdam, more than one of those days was spent exploring glorious Noord … you know, that area north of Amsterdam central station, across the water.

Doesn’t ring any bells?

Well let me give you 3 good reasons as to why you too should take the FREE ferry across the water from Amsterdam Central Station over to Noord and explore for yourself.

By the end of this post, I hope you’ll love Noord too.

Ale @ the Oedipus Brewery

Craft beer or ale is very much the in thing nowadays isn’t it?!  I’m not complaining of course, I have acquired quite the taste for IPA over the past year or two, and so welcome the craft ale craze with open arms … and mouth.

Located within Noord is the Oedipus Brewery, a small (ish), friendly brewery run by 4 friends who take brewing very seriously, and therefore are oh so keen to share their passion for good ale with you.  On site they create an incredible range of ales, where possible choosing to use only biological, sustainable or organic ingredients. Once a brew is complete they then bottle/barrel their ales and then make them available to sample and/or purchase at their Noord based taproom.

Sure there is the Heiniken brewery in central Amsterdam, but a visit to the Oedipus site offers a brewery visit that is less about the ‘show’ and more about the ale itself.  A great way to spend an afternoon (or in our case morning) in Noord.

oedipus brewery Noord

oedipus brewery Noord

oedipus brewery Noord

 

oedipus brewery Noord

oedipus brewery Noord

oedipus brewery Noord

Art @ NSDM

Now despite having somewhat limited (at best) artistic skills, I’m still a big big fan of street art.

Take a peak at my Instagram feed and you’ll see a number of interesting pieces from my travels.  Granted I don’t always understand what each piece might symbolise or ultimately mean, but street art is still something I very much enjoy, and that is why I very much enjoyed a visit to the NDSM-wharf in Noord.

Formerly the NSM, later to become the NDSM, the self named NDSM wharf  once upon a time played home to what was the largest shipbuilding company in the world.  Between 1937 and 1984 many a’ gigantic cargo ship, tanker and passenger ship were built under the equally sizeable hangers that lined the wharf.

Sadly the good times of Dutch ship building did not last, and once the ship  industry had died, the wharf and hangers merged to became one giant, baron wasteland.  Having gone bankrupt, the NDSM moved out and no one else moved in, not for a long long time.

Of course someone new did eventually move in, and now transformed today the NDSM wharf houses live music venues, skateparks, student housing, cafes, bars restaurants, new offices, Europe’s biggest Flea Market and perhaps most impressively (or at least in my eyes), it will soon host the world’s largest street art gallery.

Now I can’t image too many other art gallery popping up in an old shipping hanger, but Noord and the NSDM wharf seem a very apt place for the gallery to be housed judging by my very brief time in Noord.

A Mr Peter Ernst Coolen is responsible for creating the gallery, and he’s while not an awful lot way about the intricate details of what the gallery will look and feel like when finished and open, it’s worth keeping an eye on his website http://streetart.today/ if you’re at all a street art fan.

Until the gallery does open, you’ll have to make do with the photos I took below.  As you can see that it is coming along nicely, both inside and out.

Street Art Amsterdam

Street Art Amsterdam

Street art gallery ndsm Noord

Street Art Amsterdam

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Street art gallery ndsm Noord

Cinema w/ HotMamaHot

Now I love a good movie, and there’s definitely something very novel about catching a flick outdoors.

Previously on this blog I have written about experiencing cinema on a London rooftop, or from the seat of my car at a drive-in theatre.  But cinema in an abandoned petrol station located in the middle of a park was a new one on me.

New, but exciting I should add!

Run by the guys at Hotmamahot, this cinema experience was unqiue, a little edgy perhaps, but fun and safe all the same.  Also it was a bargain at just €5 per ticket and €2 for a beer.  Apparently there was also a pre film BBQ, but we arrived too late for the food.  Shame, I like food.

hotmamahot popup cinema Noord

So late were we (blimmin cab drivers!) that we  actually missed the start of the film, but were quickly assigned headphone, seats and blankets.  Of course I would of liked to have watched the movie swinging in a hammock, but even from a wooden bench at the back of the assorted seating area on the petrol station forecourt, it was still actually a very cossy setup, and the headphones were great in blocking out noise from a nearby road that seemingly runs right through the park, splitting it in two.  Funnily enough, on the opposite side of the road to where we were watching the film, was another former petrol station now acting as a bar.

hotmamahot popup cinema Noord

hotmamahot popup cinema Noord

All in all this was a great way to spent an evening in Noord, or indeed Amsterdam.  The park and petrol station location is only a 30-40 minute walk + ferry ride from Amsterdam central station, and the ferry is actually free and runs all night.

Lastly, in case you are wondering, yes the movie we watched was in English, although that said there was still parts of it that I failed to understand.  A real funny and quirky number this one, but ultimately very watch-able …

A HUGE shout out has to go to @the_hostelgirl for finding the cinema and inviting us all to join her that evening.  Thanks very much Katie!

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