Picturesque Golden Age canals, premier league art, cosy cafés, and liberal urban living combine to make Amsterdam one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals.
This sprawling food, shopping and cultural destination is tucked inside a turn-of-the-century red-brick complex.
The biggest draw is Foodhallen, an indoor food hall with around 23 international street food stalls. Communal tables are made for mingling, or grab a stool at one of the four bars, including one dedicated exclusively to G&Ts. There’s also terrace seating in warmer weather.
Other attractions include the nine-screen De FilmHallen, which showcases arthouse films, plus a variety of concept stores and rotating art exhibitions.
Getting there & doing it
Multiple tram lines run from the city centre to De Hallen, located in the Oud–West neighbourhood; the journey is about 15 minutes. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant half-hour walk from Dam Square.
When to do it
De Hallen is open daily. If you’re coming specifically for Foodhallen, lunchtime is less busy and it’s easier to score a seat. But evenings are far livelier, with frequent free live music and DJs.
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