Live Performance in Amsterdam Noord

In what was the former Shell workers' canteen for 70 years from 1941, the nifty Tolhuistuin arts centre hosts African dance troupes, grime DJs and much more on its garden stage under twinkling lights, and also houses club nights in its Paradiso nightclub.

On sunny days the bright-coloured trestle tables at the venue's cafe (open 11am until late daily) are perfectly placed for a pre-/post-ferry drink, and the 1st-floor restaurant offers tapas-style dining, though the price-portion size ratio is not always as satisfying as the arts and views offered in the rest of the venue.