Amsterdam has been waiting for the market-movies-meeting place De Hallen to open with bated breath, and now we seem to be supporting it 130%! A recent visit to the Foodhallen on a Sunday at 6pm, found it packed. Like jostling and bumping and no-seats busy.
The old electric tram garage has been converted into the industrial work-play-eat-fun place that all good, international city-dwellers love. Unlike many projects the English and Americans seem to favor, this is neither chain-y nor bland. Indeed it feels local. The work spaces have suitably artisan tenants like Re-Cycle, a Denim workspace and Kinki Hairstylist academy. The cinema is not part of a major chain, the restaurants are locally owned, and the market stalls are similarly foody credible (except for BBrood which is BBoring).
There are two proper restaurants with suitably high ceilings and lots of delicious, small stalls and bars to satisfy everyone.
It’s in an interesting neighborhood in Old West which is close enough to not be annoying, yet hidden enough to be fun. There is a mid-scale (also cool) hotel there and a nice group of people to see and be seen by. Quite a lot of hem. Maybe an off-peak visit is recommended…
Open daily. 7am-11pm on weekdays, 3am on weekends.
Hannie Grateful Passage 33. Tram 7 or 17 to Bilderdijkstraat, tram 3 or 12 to Kinkerstraat.