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, when the weather allows, lounge on its artificial sandy beach. It's a terrific spot for a waterfront beer or glass of wine.

Locals flock here for events, too: alfresco film screenings on Tuesday nights from June to August, Sunday morning yoga classes, and dance parties under the giant disco ball on Friday and Saturday nights. Organic vegetarian and certified-wild fish dishes do the job when hunger strikes (lunch dishes €8.50 to €13.50, evening mains €18 to €21.50). In colder weather, the indoor fireplace invites lingering.