Top choice bar in Amsterdam Noord

Uber-cool Pllek is a Noord magnet, with hip things of all ages streaming over to hang out in its interior made of old shipping containers and lie out on its artificial sandy beach when the weather allows. It's a terrific spot for a waterfront beer or glass of wine.

Locals flock here for events, too: al fresco film screenings on Tuesday nights in summer, weekend yoga classes and dance parties under the giant disco ball. Organic-focused meat and fish dishes do the job when hunger strikes (lunch dishes €6.50-13.50, evening mains €17.50 to €19.50). In colder weather, the indoor fireplace invites lingering.