De Hallen

A spectacular food hall and cultural complex, De Hallen has galvanised the whole surrounding district north of Vondelpark. It was converted from vast red-brick 1902-built tram sheds in 2014 to incorporate a skylit food hall, a restaurant, library, design shops, boutiques, a bike seller-repairer, a cinema and a hotel. Regular events held inside include themed weekend markets (such as organic produce or Dutch design); check www.dehallen-amsterdam.nl to find out what's happening. A vibrant street market, Ten Katemarkt, is right outside.

Foodhallen A buzzing ex-tram shed full of eclectic food stalls and bars, including many international offerings, such as Viet View Vietnamese street food and Jabugo Iberico Bar ham; there's also a G&T bar and the Oedipus beer bar.

Kanarie Club Framed by a soaring floor-to-ceiling glass wall looking through to the Foodhallen inside De Hallen, this is a family-centred restaurant serving Sunday brunch and a brasserie-style menu, such as pancakes, Caesar salad and bitterballen.

ReCycle The clue is in the name: this warehouse space sells new and second-hand bikes, and also offers repairs and restoration. As to be bikeless in Amsterdam could be more than a local could bear, you can borrow a bike while you wait for yours to become available.

Filmhallen A cool, hip film venue within De Hallen, this screens art-house films and new mainstream releases in both Dutch and English.

Ten Katemarkt Right outside De Hallen, this buzzing daily street market has everything you'll find at Amsterdam's bigger, better-known markets – fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, fabulous Dutch cheeses, antipasti, nuts, spices, ready-to-eat snacks like steaming-hot frites (fries), fashion, fabrics, homewares and bike locks – but a much more local crowd.