IJver, Amsterdam

restaurant made of corrugated metal in Amsterdam

The Place

IJver Amsterdam is a quirky restaurant bar, based in a warehouse and serving tasty Dutch-French cuisine. I actually came across it by mistake, taking the wrong ferry when travelling from the Sir Adam Hotel where I was staying.

This happy accident meant I discovered a completely new (for me) part of the city. And I also got to sample the all-day dining and drinking extravaganza that is IJver.

The Neighbourhood

IJver Amsterdam can be found in NDSM, part of North Amsterdam and a 15 minute ferry ride away from Amsterdam centre. Ferries are free to use and make the journey every 15-20 minutes.

This historic ship wharf is full of semi-derelict warehouses and young, creative businesses making the most of cheap rent. This area is also home to big, one off music events and some amazing street art.

A Good Shout for…

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – this place serves food all day. Or just a few drinks with friends.

The Best Bits

  • The design. Taking industrial chic to a whole new level, IJver Amsterdam is a super cool warehouse space. Inside there are long communal tables and a mezzanine. Outside there are two terraces with lights strung up overhead.
  • Beer. IJver Amsterdam are proud to have over 30 beers on tap with ales also finding their way onto the menu in the form of delicious sauces and salad dressings. (And if beer isn’t your tipple there’s a great selection of wine and cocktails too.)
  • The ‘hood. The NDSM Wharf district was an amazing find. I loved wandering the streets, finding street art and other cool little food and drink venues. Now I know where it is, I’ll definitely be heading back.
warehouse style restaurant with big tree like plant and mustard colour chairs
leather chairs and mustard colour plastic chairs in a warehouse like restaurant called IJVER in Amsterdam
blue sky outside. Inside tables and leather settee with green plants at IJVER in Amsterdam
bar with lots of bottles and bar stools at a tall warehouse restaurant IJVER in Amsterdam
copper tank for beer brewing and bar tables
a plate of delicious looking seafood soup at the IJVER restaurant in Amsterdam
a plate of delicious looking vegetarian risotto soup at the IJVER restaurant in Amsterdam

IJver is one of my all-time favourite haunts in Amsterdam. To see more, head to the I Was Here page. Here you’ll discover a roundup of the best restaurants, cafés and culture spots in town, all tried and tested by yours truly. 

And if you fancy deep-diving into a new destination, head over to the Mr Globetrotter blog. It’s packed with hotel reviews and insider travel tips for luxe adventures the whole world over.

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