old tram depot refurbished to a centre for media, culture, fashion, food, drinks and crafts
De Hallen is a brand new multipurpose cultural and culinary centre in a still undiscovered area of Amsterdam. Located in the newly hip Oud-West area of the city, De Hallen houses a cinema, library, independent stores, several galleries and a boutique hotel, as well as the impressive Foodhallen - a food and drink heaven where visitors can munch their way through a selection of upmarket street food from different vendors located around a central bar.
The former tram depot at the Bellamyplein underwent a thorough renovation, but the old details have remained intact. The railways are still on the ground. The monumental building, built between 1902 and 1928, is sleek and trendy with an industrial touch. De Hallen is situated right in the middle of the 19th century district Amsterdam West.
Small shops in the Passage
The complex of De Hallen, the old tram depot, is a unique complex of 10 concatenated halls. The lifeline of De Hallen is the Passage, a covered shopping arcade which connects Bilderdijkkade to Ten Kate Market. In the Passage are several small creative shops that sell vintage clothes, furniture, lamps, bags and more. Notable shops are The Darling , Holyoils and Recycle
The best place in town to taste small dishes from different stall restaurants, like fresh spring rolls of rice paper filled with vegetables and shrimp, chicken or tofu (from Viet View ), Babaganoush burger (from The Butcher ), healthy sushi stuffed with quinoa (from Friska ). There's also a large choice of vegetarian dishes available.
Since its opening De Foodhallen has been a very popular place for both locals as tourists.
Hotel-Restaurant Remise 47
Remise 47, located within Hotel De Hallen , is a stylish heritage restaurant with a large outside terrace in summer that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
All day restaurant Kanarie Club (formerly known as Meat West) is a bar-restaurant with workspace facilities and a pool bar in an impressive setting of the former tram depot (including railways on the floor). It has a large outdoor terrace where you can enjoy your drink or meal in the sun.
There's also a cinema with 9 rooms. Room 7 is the beautiful art-deco design interior decorations of the original Cinema Parisien (dating back to 1909) which is included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The program of De Filmhallen is varied, from better films from Hollywood as award-winning art house and documentary films from Europe and the rest of the world.
Local Goods Market
Every Saturday there is the Local Goods Market with stuff that are designed and made exclusively in Amsterdam, ranging from food, candy and cosmetics to jewellery, bags, clothing and furniture.
De Hallen can be hard to find, as it is locked-in between Kinkerstraat, a busy shopping street, and Ten Kate Market, a bustling daily market in Amsterdam West, nearby the centre.
Recommended hotels in the immediate area
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* opening of the Passage and bike parking
Hollandsche Manege royal riding school
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PC Hooftstraat elegant shopping street
Ten Kate Market bustling daily market
Vondelkerk fairy-tale church
Vondelpark largest city park