The Tolhuistuin (translation: Toll House Garden) has taken more than seven years to be refurnished. Situated behind the the ferry terminal which has a 24-hour ferry service between the Central and North districts, the Tolhuistuin is fast becoming the cultural centre for the northern area of Amsterdam.
Tolhuistuin brings together local and international talent and art, showcasing up and coming artists, writers and musicians. Those in the know may remember Tolhuistuin two years ago when they had Amsterdam’s best street bar, where DJs played vinyl records whilst you chilled out on a deck chair overlooking the river banks. A pavilion was created from recycled materials and a huge tent erected. With the former Shell building now fully refurbished, the Tolhuistuin can only get better.
The Tolhuistuin opened in May 2014 with three concert / theatre halls (including the new Paradiso venue), 200 seater restaurant, Amsterdam’s first school for hip-hop, children’s art hall, a sun terrace overlooking the River IJ, and it’s own tourist information desk. The Paradiso venue hosts pop / rock concerts and music festivals, while the other venues host music as wide ranging as gospel, jazz and world music, as well as showing films, hosting talks, poetry and showcasing writers, bloggers and spoken word performers. The restaurant boasts an international menu where the emphasis is not on a traditional three course meal, but more of a tapas or meze style of dining, where numerous dishes are laid out for a group to share. Enjoy panoramic views over the River IJ whilst enjoying world cuisine before visiting an event in one of the halls.
Solid Ground Movement, the hip-hop school, has got it’s own dance studios where dancers of all ages can perform with views of the canal on one side and full-length mirrors on the other, whilst also showcasing it’s own dance shows. And for lost tourists who have jumped on the ferry to come to the North, the tourist desk will give you information on all the events, festivals and other hidden gems that the North of Amsterdam has to offer. You can even rent a bike from here (with some authentic, vintage bikes from the 60s and 70s) where you can venture out into the countryside in under 15 minutes.
Make sure you visit this gem of the North.