Artists, squatters and skaters started NDSM during the 1990s after the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company went bankrupt in 1984. It’s very easy to get to the area, as it only takes a short (free) ferry ride from behind “A’dam” Centraal Station. The Noorderlicht cafe is just a few minutes walk from where the ferry terminal, and it is easy to spot as it’s shaped like a crystalline hangar and made from transparent materials.
Built with durable see-through polycarbonate and glass, the café gets plenty of natural light inside. The tables outside are great for enjoying a coffee or a healthy meal (when the weather allows it). And during summer nights, the café is known for throwing great parties overlooking the city center across the IJ.