It is Summer peeps!! we are blessed with the abundance of sun and great weather this summer. To celebrate that, let’s enjoy the sun and roll to nice places outside of the center of Amsterdam. I honestly dislike Amsterdam in the summer. It is crowded with tourists and they drive me crazy! They walk in fietspad, they cycle like idiots, and they stop whenever they want and take pictures in the middle of the streets…arrggh! so frustrating. This modest review has been sitting in my draft folder for ages..so, there you go. Happy reading 🙂
Thus, I’ve chosen a place outside the city center to have some peaceful moments. I am a fan of non-pretentious places with relax ambiance and nice music. There are not so many hangout places in Amsterdam that offer live music. So whenever there’s one offers all aforementioned things, I am game. If you read my post this one then this place I am going to write about is located in the same area with the flea market. The venue called Pllek and it is a really cool one, it is situated by the water and it has occasionally live music from new (indie) bands/artists. Pllek is a new creative hang-out at the NDSM wharf with a fantastic view over Het IJ. The place consists of industrial raw materials with old shipping containers piled up as the main building blocks.
I ordered one cup of Doppio (double espresso, 3 euro something) and a glass of water on the side, to numb the pain in my shoulder (yes I was still suffering from it and taking medication) ! we brought books and J did not forget to take two towels so we could lay on it and chilled out. The coffee itself was okay, though it was pretty mild for my taste (yes, I like strong taste) I was not sure what kind of coffee beans the barista used but it was a fair trade product, and I was happy.
We enjoyed the warm weather very much, the sunbeams fell on our faces while we were reading our books … so lovely.
The place has a post-industrial feeling ala Berlin like the whole NDSM area does, and it has a nice and warm vibe for a hangout spot.
What I like the most from that day was the live music, there was a new band – consisted of two young girls – promoting one of the girls’ album as our background music. J liked their music alright he bought their CD when we checked out 🙂 Here is the cover of her CD:
Young, old, families all in one place
Besides good coffee and other refreshments, at Pllek you can have yummy and healthy breakfast, lunch, borrel (drinks) and dinner. They are only using healthy and organic products which maybe explain why the prices are a bit expensive. There is also a yoga class given on Saturdays by instructors from Natural Yoga. It costs 12 euro for one session (1.5 hours). And if you did not have sufficient cash at that moment you are allowed to pay half the price. I think I would try it out this summer, the idea of doing yoga outdoor and near the water really excites me.
Picture is borrowed from their Facebok page
I think so far as I can see, this hangout spot is terrific for you who want to have a chill moment away from the hustle and bustle of the city…and it is still in Amsterdam 😀 Just to warn you though, it gets busier by the end of the day / evening.
TT Neveritaweg 59 | 1033 WB Amsterdam