There are plenty of bars and coffeeshops around Nieuwmarkt, whose pavement cafes are perfect for watching the world go by. For something a bit more quirky, head to the Brouwerij 't IJ microbrewery adjacent to the De Gooyer Windmill. Want something even cooler? Go to one of the Eastern Islands' fabulous shack-like hang-outs, including Amsterdam Roest, with its canal-side beach, or Hannekes Boom, a hipster beer garden with a waterfront location.