Noorderlicht Café

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Noorderlicht Café Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous Café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining... Amsterdam Holland 52.4007205 4.8943841
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Party Earth Review Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

    Noord
  • Address:

    t.t. Neveritaweg 33
    1033 Amsterdam

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  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Noorderlicht Café Review

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Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous Café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining...

Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining, and dancing – not to mention an extraordinary view of the city center from the other side of the Ij River.

The unique design of the building enhances the surroundings as it’s located in the NDSM yard – a former shipyard turned cultural hotspot featuring visual arts, design, theater, film, media, and architecture.

Inside, the warm colors of the wall hangings and curtains complement light wooden floors, tables detailed with polished driftwood, and even a disco ball dropping from the ceiling.

Outside, the grassy lawn is dotted with wicker chairs, cushioned couches, and picnic tables where patrons gather for lunch under the sun during the day, or for dinner and music under twinkling lights in the evening.

Noorderlicht also has a steady roster of events ranging from campfires and poetry readings to live music and DJ nights that usually inspire some high-energy dancing amongst the young, eclectic crowd. On those nights, the “greenhouse” is set spectacularly ablaze with sound and colorful lights that make it visible clear across the river – hence the café’s name.

Given its inviting location in the center of a vibrant cultural area, Noorderlicht is a dynamic locale that attracts an equally dynamic and easygoing crowd both day and night.

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Tip from Emma:

The last ferry from NDSM to Centraal Station leaves nightly at 11:40pm – but don’t worry if you want to stay at Noorderlicht until closing time. If you take a brisk walk east along the Ij River, you’ll find an all-night water taxi that will take you back across the water to Centraal Station.

  • Crowd

    Neighborhood residents of all ages take advantage of the café during the day, while the after-dark parties draw a younger, artsy, music-loving clientele.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A DJ plays laid-back house tunes on the weekends. Monthly exhibits of photography, paintings, and sculpture by local artists. Check the website for other events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Salads, pasta, and steaks served until 10pm. A free ferry to NDSM-werf leaves every 30 minutes from the dock behind Centraal Station.

  • Prices

    Menu €9+. Beer €2.20–€3.50+, house wine €2.75, mixed drinks €6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Best on warm, sunny weekends.

  • Close By

    A former dockyard turned industrial haven for modern art and architecture, the NDSM-werf is an unusual area that’s worth exploring.

    Points of interest include a grounded submarine located between the ferry station and the colorful cargo containers now used as student dorms, as well as the run-down AMDock warehouse, which now houses The Netherlands’ MTV studios, an upstairs skate park, various art exhibits, and design offices.

    The Pannenkoekenboot (Pancake Boat) and a few other cafés round out the area.

Noorderlicht Café User Reviews

Average rating:
A great destination when taking the ferry
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
I head to Noorderlicht when the busy city is too much and I just need a quick escape to some place quiet and not easy to get to. I traveled there by boat once and it was fantastic, but taking the NDSM ferry is just as easy. They have a nachos plate there that isn't horrible for European standards (though nothing's fresh). I'd still say your safest bet is going there for drinks and not food. The sunset there is amazing, and you can just lie on the grass for hours watching the boats pass by. I've never partied there at night, but always wanted to. It's more for the ones that live nearby, which makes it all the more special and interesting to check out.
Surprizing hang out place in Noord
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
Getting on the ferry to go check out a cool bar is always a nice adventure. Located in the new hip part of Amsterdam North, built in a giant green house, Noorderlicht is an enchanting sight, super easy-going casual. The green grass lawn on the terrace, large picnic tables make it a cool hang out place, especially during summer. On sunny days, I recommend to show up not too late for lunch, the place can be pretty busy and then ordering can take a while. Lots of activities are organized: concerts, DJ sets, films… Kids friendly during the day, Noorderlicht gets in party mode at night.
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