The backdrop of impressive historic ships makes the Oude Haven (Old Port, part of the Maritime District) a popular place for locals to meet, eat, drink and dance. On summer days, the terraces of the bars and restaurants here like Noah (voted best cocktail bar in the Netherlands) are full until the wee hours. Right behind ‘The White House’, Europe’s first skyscraper, you will find café Het Witte Huis, open late for drinks and dining. Other hotspots here are Stockholm, Mooii and Popocatepetl.
The Oude Haven is part of the Maritime District and can be reached by metro or train (stop Blaak) or water taxi.
This 40-ton, 26.2-metre steel artwork beside De Bijenkorf department store was an
ideological contribution to constructivism , as Gabo put it. Despite its heavy mass, the sculpture conveys an impression of weightlessness.
Controversial and conspicuous, the Santa Claus sculpture – known colloquially as the ‘Buttplug Gnome’ – is the bronze symbol of Western consumerism. It stands on Eendrachtsplein in plain view of local shoppers.
P. McCarthy (2001)