Some of you are probably already familiar to the 24H Amsterdam concept. Some of you won’t be but no worries, that’s what these blogposts are for! 🙂
24H Amsterdam is an initiative by the City of Amsterdam to get to know the city better. How they do it? Offer guided tours, workshops, concerts in shops, cafés and cultural organisations from 12pm on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday.
In the weekend of 12 and 13 March the City organised the second edition of 24H in 2016, this time in the western part of Amsterdam: 24H West.
And I was lucky to be there. This is the first part and blogpost about my experience during 24H West.
24H West part one
After having an invigorating coffee in the city and a visit to the Polette store we headed to our first stop in the 24H tour: De Hallen.
De Hallen is a cultural centre in the Kinkerbuurt. This beautiful building with high ceilings and skylights was built in 1902 and used to be a tram depot. By 2011 the City announced the development plans for the site to finally open De Hallen in February 2015. The complex houses a cinema, theatre, library, TV studios, restaurants, bars, shops and a hotel. Two times a month they organise the Local Goods Market and, lucky us, there happened to be one at the moment.
The market brings together young and trendy Amsterdam brands that sell artisan, homemade and handmade products.
The Local Goods Store is evolved from the market and is one of my favourite shops in De Hallen. It offers bags, clothing and interior products of local designers. In other words: products with a story.
Both the market and the store are an initiative by Pakhuis De Zwijger. They serve as a home base for the creative industry.
Another great plus in De Hallen is Foodhallen. If you’re used to the London street markets this is rather a fancy indoor food market. It’s inside one of the old tram depot rooms and has about 20 stalls with all sorts of delicious food and desserts. In the middle there’s a huge bar where you can order your drinks (for Gin & Tonics there’s a separate bar 😉 ). There are plenty of seats to enjoy your food, the music and atmosphere. Highly recommended!
During 24H West, De Hallen organised a cocktailworkshop and a shopping nocturne until 8pm. Until 3am the next morning you could enjoy concerts by bands en DJ’s.
Believe me when I say that De Hallen should be on your bucketlist when visiting Amsterdam. The setting is great and there’s loads of stuff to do/eat/drink.
Have a look at the photos below and stay tuned for part two!