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A guide to local favorites in Gedempt Hamerkanaal

Two dogs enjoys the afternoon at Oedipus Brouwerij with their humans.
  • By Tim Igor Snijders
  • Photos by Rene Koster
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Gedempt Hamerkanaal
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Nowhere is the quiet but determined entrepreneurial spirit of the Amsterdammers better on display than in borough North. The Northerners have turned the old shipyards, garages and warehouses into cinemas, restaurants and clubs — sometimes all in one. In the process, they’ve made the Gedempt Hamerkanaal the coolest little street in town, flourishing without losing its edge. Whether it’s a taqueria, coffee bar or upscale restaurant, there is something for everyone here.

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Tim is from Leiden, Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to study history in 2012 and never looked back. He’s quietly wondering how many years you have to live here to call yourself an Amsterdammer. Either way, it’s home.

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Gedempt Hamerkanaal

FC Hyena
FC Hyena is a self-described “boutique cinema” that organizes talks, interviews and workshops around its programming. But aside from movies, the space serves up a variety of natural wines and dinner from its brick oven. The terrace out front offers an unobstructed view of the IJ river.
FC Hyena, Aambeeldstraat 24, 1021 KB Amsterdam
Garage Noord
This former auto shop, with room for just 200, might be one of the last places in the city to rightly call itself fringe. The free-spirited nightclub is known for its low-tempo but high-energy DJ sets. Most nights offer alternative electronic music, bordering on the experimental. But there are punk and garage rock live shows, as well.
Garage Noord, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 40, 1021 KM Amsterdam
Skatecafe Karin & Yvonne
You’ll find skaters using the halfpipe in the back of the club, but there’s also dinner, drinks and plenty of dancing at the big but always crowded Skatecafe.
Skatecafe Karin & Yvonne, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 42, 1021 KM Amsterdam
De Goudfazant
Rows of tables with white cloths and simple, red plastic chairs make up this spacious restaurant in a former auto garage by the IJ river. De Goudfazant proves you don’t need much more than that if you serve good and affordable food in the right atmosphere.
De Goudfazant, Aambeeldstraat 10 H, 1021 KB Amsterdam
Coba
This no-fuss taco restaurant was supposed to be a plant store, but the owner decided to serve up meals after an inspiring trip to Mexico. The organic dishes aren’t cheap, but they’re worth it.
Coba, Schaafstraat 4, 1021 KE Amsterdam
Oedipus Brouwerij
The brewery for this young brand, whose colorfully labeled bottles of craft beer are served all over the city, is open for drinks, tastings and tours. Burgers are served to go with your drinks, if you get too woozy too quickly.
Oedipus Brouwerij, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, 1021 KP Amsterdam
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Tim Igor Snijders
Tim is from Leiden, Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam to study history in 2012 and never looked back. He’s quietly wondering how many years you have to live here to call yourself an Amsterdammer. Either way, it’s home.
Rene Koster
Rene Koster is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Amsterdam.

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