Waterside dining with a twist
TEXT:CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: PONT 13
Moored in the former Wood Harbour of Amsterdam, Pont 13 combines an unbeatable location with a robust yet laidback charm and stunning food, proving that all good things in life can be best enjoyed from the water.
When entering Pont 13, one cannot do much more than simply take it all in: the huge windows, the industrial metal, the scent of delicious food. The restaurant is located in a former ferry (pont) anno 1927, that once transported passengers over the IJ river, and everything about Pont 13 still breathes the romantic post-industrial vibe of this unique piece of heritage. An absolute showpiece of the room is the old diesel tank. “When we welcome our guests, the tank is often the first thing they want to see up close,” enthuses Onno Zwart, owner of Pont 13.
However, Pont 13’s food is definitely not upstaged by its view or interior. The large authentic charcoal grill enhances the feeling of sturdy excellence, perfectly preparing this season’s delicacies such as fresh fish or mouthwatering grilled meat. Besides an extensive wine menu, a great focus lies on specialty beers. “We call them our superb specialty beers, each with their own ingredients, taste, and heritage,” says Zwart.
Whether you just want to have coffee, enjoy lunch or dinner, or hold a private event such as a wedding or business outing: anything is possible at Pont 13. And don’t forget you can also visit by boat. But no matter why you are visiting, the ever-relaxed atmosphere will always welcome you – accompanied by the most unique setting possible.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pont 13 consists of more than 200,000 kilogrammes of steel.
Pont 13 still has its original wooden floor.
Pont 13 has crossed the IJ for 50 years.