My den: it’s my sanctuary
On one hand you feel surrounded by nature on the other you feel the spark of the center of the city vibes and nightlife. The apartment is situated near the Amsterdam IJ river overlooking the Amsterdam Central Station with its new restaurants and shops. A luxurious food market and two supermarkets are five minutes away by foot. If you don't feel like cooking there are numerous restaurants and even a movie theater at walking distance. Or cross the IJ river to the city center with the ferry (5 minute crossover, 5 minutes walking distance to the ferry). The ferry crosses over every 15 minutes. After midnight you can take another ferry that goes all night and then it's a 10 min. walk. At the Central Station there are various locations to get informed about things to do in and around Amsterdam. With public transportation you can go anywhere from there. But you can also rent a bike which is the most common way to move around here.
Explore Amsterdam or Amsterdam Noord. In recent years, since heavy industry largely vacated the area, Noord has become a creative hub, with artists' cooperatives and youth brands such as MTV attracted by the converted factory buildings and hangars. A smorgasbord of new restaurants, bars, hotels and shops have followed suit, many sitting pretty on the sunny side of the IJ, facing waterfront.
Almost directly opposite of Central Station stands the EYE Filmmuseum in all its futuristic glory. This cinema, museum, film archive and café/restaurant is a standout location. Although it only opened in spring 2012, the building is already one of Amsterdam's modern icons. Around the corner you'll find the Tolhuistuin, another cultural hotspot that has a live music venue, a restaurant and much more.
In what seems like direct contrast to the cutting-edge vibe, this area also has loads of lovely little villages that are ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or by water. Historic villages such as Nieuwendam, Ransdorp and Zunderdorp have authentic stolpboerderijen (traditional Dutch farmhouses with roofs built in the shape of a cheese-cover), wooden houses, canal locks and impressive polder views.
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