In an international in-flight magazine I read not too long ago that Amsterdam North could be considered as one of the ten hippest places on the planet. Well, I can’t really tell what this statement is based on – but if you consider the developing potential of Amsterdam North this is in many aspects true.
The former broken cityscape with an old shipyard and lots of abandoned industrial yards is turning into fertile ground for creative entrepreneurs, culture and nightlife.
One of the city’s development projects is De Ceuvel: on the land they have refurbished house boat wrecks which they have re-purposed as housing for small businesses in the creative sector.
This place now houses Cafe De Ceuvel, a hangout for pirates and other folks out for conquering the creative world. There’s also a terrace with unused boats to sit in and a landing stage from which you can take a dive into the water on particularly hot days – as De Ceuvel is situated on the dead end of an unused canal.
The cafe has written sustainability on its wings – the ingredients used for the meals are grown/produced in neighboring farms, the canned vegetables, kimchi and sauerkraut are made by the cooks themselves, the furniture is made from recycled wood.
Relaxed, low key, alternative, hip, a real good place to hang out.