Discover Benelux | Summer Special | Amsterdam Noord Highlights
A true neighbourhood café TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: CAFÉ ‘T SLUISJE
On the top of the Nieuwendammer Harbour in North Amsterdam, at the lock, you will find Café ‘t Sluisje. It has been there for over a century, and has been a vital part of the community. So much so, that the neighbours have recently bought it. “It is the most beautiful location, not just in the north, but in all of Amsterdam,” says Maaike van Zomeren, who runs this authentic brown café. A while ago, the building came up for sale and more than 80 residents raised the money to secure a loan and purchase ‘t Sluisje - they were afraid of it being converted to a house. “I worked here in the past, so they asked me to run it,” explains Van Zomeren. “Every day when I come here, I think: ‘Wow, what an awesome location!’”
The decor includes plenty of fascinating memorabilia from the past. Guests at this cosy brown café can enjoy a drink and good food. “Whether it is lunch or dinner, there is always something for everyone,” adds Van Zomeren. “Most people come here to relax, have a drink and savour the view of the harbour. We have a big terrace, divided in two sections. The lower section is right by the water, where people can tie up their boats. The upper section is at the old lock, which is operated by hand.” Out on the terrace you will find all kinds of people, from regular guests to tourists and cyclists, since ‘t Sluisje is next to four different bicycle routes. “They all enjoy the view and the drinks, as well as the best apple pie in town!” smiles Van Zomeren.
Perfect seafood on the IJ riverbanks TEXT: MICHIEL STOL | PHOTOS: RESTAURANT STORK
On the north bank of the IJ-river, you will find not only superlative views over the water and the city centre, you will also find the best fish and seafood restaurant in Amsterdam. “Our whole served fish dishes are true masterpieces in their simplicity,” tells Hanne Blom, who owns restaurant Stork with her husband Erik Buunk. At restaurant Stork, you can enjoy a variety of gourmet seafood dishes, such as the classic ‘fruits de mer’ and whole served fish of the season, which are caught daily and displayed in the fish tanks. In the open kitchen, all dishes are freshly prepared and filleted when desired. “One of our favourites is the Stork Plateau, which comprises a selection of fish, crustaceans and shellfish,” elaborates Blom. In the lobster tank, you will find the best lobsters that are prepared on the spot. Restaurant Stork is situated in an old industrial loft, part of the former Stork factory, where
they produced machines for the food industry. “We kept a lot of the details from the old factory,” continues Blom. “We only added in enormous windows to let the light in.” The restaurant’s amazing terrace also reflects parts of the former factory. “We have kept the metal framework of an old annex, which gives the terrace that little bit extra. With the new pavement paintings on the terrace by Favela Paintings, we have added even more colour.” In the summer, when all the boats and ships pass right alongside, the terrace gives you a true holiday feeling, in the heart of the busy city
centre. “Along with our superb plates, it is one of the greatest places in Amsterdam North to enjoy good food and brilliant views.” Web: www.restaurantstork.nl
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