A derelict shipyard turned edgy arts community

“NDSM-werf is a derelict shipyard turned edgy arts community 15 minutes upriver from the city centre. It wafts a post-apocalyptic vibe: an old submarine slumps in the harbour, abandoned trams rust by the water’s edge, and graffiti splashes across almost every surface. Young creatives hang out at the smattering of cool cafes. Hip business like MTV and Red Bull have their European headquarters here. The area is also a centre for underground culture and events, such as the Over het IJ Festival.”- Lonely Planet

The NDSM-werf houses restaurants, bars, terraces, skateparks, beautiful architecture, and art for an interestings after with views of IJ-waters.  Be sure to check out the calendar events for special programs, festivals, and art installations.

From the twenties to the eighties of the last century, the NDSM site was one of the world’s largest shipyards, where imposing mammoth tankers rolled off the slope. After stopping these activities, this vast area – with its imposing crane track, pilots and a huge ramp – became home to creative pioneers like Dogtroep and Robodock.

The log shipbuilding building was transformed into the Kunststad, an architectural monument with about four hundred artists, designers, architects and decorators: one of ‘Neerlands’ largest breeding sites. Numerous initiatives followed: About the IJ Festival, New Dakota, music festivals such as Pitch and DGTL and other cultural events.

Her pronounced, open and spatial character makes the site attractive for creative experimentation, innovative ambitions and entrepreneurship. It is a place that speaks to the imagination and begins to realize things that are nowhere else possible. Thus, it is the largest Street Art museum in the world located in the Lasloods on the site (2018). Companies like Hema and Red Bull have also found a unique home base in NDSM. The industrial heritage combined with new creative activity creates an interesting dynamic.

The NDSM site is an icon in itself, a city in a city, which is further emphasized by crossing the pontoon. Where there are many (restored) monuments on the east, there is more space for urban development in the west. Life is central here. Living with a view on the IJ, working in a new city district. Drink coffee around the corner, work on the water or in one of the newly developed office spaces on the site. Here you can pick up your heart in unique shops, visit exhibitions or celebrate with friends. This makes the special dynamics of the site even more lively. A home for pioneers, in a 24/7 urban district.




NDSM houses the largest museum for street art in the world.  Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) creates, explores, documents and preserves the growing democratic movement of Street Art and is one of the first recognized street art museums in the world.  Featuring over 150 works, SAMA’s collection is ever-growing; frequently introducing internationally acclaimed artists to Amsterdam Nieuw-West’s streets. All works are site specific, each with a story to tell. From the colossal 150 square metres work of Stinkfish, to 10cm woody by BunnyBrigade; SAMA’s collection is a collection worth seeing.

SAMA offers group guided tours everyday at 11am and 4:30pm leaving from the SAMA HQ Gallery.  The tour lasts around 1.5 hours and costs  €15 per person.  SAMA also offers private and group tours.  Click here for more details

Click here to reserve your group tour


After exploring grab a delicious bite or refreshing drink at Pllek (“The Place”), a bar/restaurant built out of converted shipping containers that happens to have great wifi.  In the summer, it also functions as one of Amsterdam’s city beaches, where you can swim and put your feet in the sand.  There is live music every Sunday afternoon and on Saturday nights it transforms into a club with djs.

See the Pllek Calendar for upcoming events.

Plekk Hours:
Mon – Thu: 09:30 – 01:00
Fri + Sat: 09:30 – 03:00 Sun
: 09:30 – 01:00
The kitchen is open until 22:00 every day.
(Breakfast: 09:30 – 12:00, lunch: 12:00 – 15:30, drink: 16:00 – 22:00, dinner: 18:00 – 22:00)

TT Neveritaweg 59 | 1033 WB Amsterdam
General number and reservations: +31 (0)20 – 2900 020


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