Amsterdam through British eyes

Exploring NDSM Werf with STA Travel Insider


The North of Amsterdam is an area that is overlooked by many people, (including some of the people who actually live in Amsterdam)  so when STA Travel got in touch with me to ask me to take their blogger Adam (from Travels of Adam) to a place that only locals would know about, my mind instantly sprung to NDSM Werf, because it’s an area that is up-and-coming, and in my opinion at least, very cool.

NDSM Werf is a 15-20 minute ferry ride away, which leaves from behind central station. The ferry is completely free too, and there are always lots of people and cyclists on board.

There are three places in NDSM Werf that I took Adam, and the STA Travel Insider crew that I can highly recommend:

Pllek: This bar restaurant is built in a shipping container. On a sunny day it’s really nice to sit out on the terrace and enjoy a cold drink, and the food there is really good. They use organic meat and ethically sourced fish. Definitely try out their slow roasted pork sandwich because it’s really good.  There are also a number of different events going on every month, and yoga classes every weekend.

PllekPhoto credit: Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam

The former Netherlands Shipping company building: This is my absolute favourite. Every time I go there, I find something new. There are so many different creative spaces, and I just really like exploring it. Last time I was there, we saw a photoshoot going on, with one guy wearing a chef costume and the other dressed as a gangster

NDSM-shipping-coPhoto credit: Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam

We found this inside the Netherlands shipbuilding company:

NDSM-insidePhoto credit: Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam

Noorderlicht cafe: I really like this place too. The atmosphere is cosy, all of their food is organic, and reasonably priced too. They have a programme of events, and it’s definitely worth a visit.

NoorderlichtPhoto credit: Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam

To see more of what Adam and I got up to check out the brilliant youtube videos, and follow the campaign on Facebook and twitter search for #STA Travel Insider.

A huge thankyou to Shoshannah from Awesome Amsterdam who basically ran around taking photos during filming because I didn’t really get a chance, and for letting me use them all for this blog post. She is totally awesome and you should check out her blog.

What do you think? Will you be making the trip over to NDSM any time soon?




    I honestly never spent much time in this area myself, and it seems I was missing out. Will make more of an effort next time I am there!


    Ashley – thank you again for a fun morning/afternoon and a bit of urban exploring! I’m sure we’ll meet again and hopefully I can make it back to Amsterdam sooner rather than later! There’s so much more to see 🙂

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