photo credit: Sarah Junker
No one comes to Amsterdam for the balmy weather and beaches, so if you find yourself in the city on the rare warm day, you’ll want to hop on the free ferry to the NDSM wharf across the Ij and claim any number of spots at the multi-purpose Pllek. There are plenty of communal tables, but they also have bean bags strewn across the gravelly “beach,” a tent-covered dais, and beach chairs for sunbathers looking to store enough sunshine for a rainy day. The food is mostly plant-based and does the job: falafel, portobello mushroom burgers, and salads. The real draw is the real estate and the frequent happenings, including morning yoga, activities for kids, and even late-night clubbing. Just don’t forget to head back on the last ferry at 11:30pm if you’re not staying in Noord (buses and trains still run if you forget).
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