Pllek is one of the original of the many urban “beach bars” popping up all around the waterfronts of Amsterdam. It’s set in the rapidly gentrifying former shipyard of NDSM wharf. A free 15-minute ferry ride from Centraal Station transports you to this trendy hangout constructed entirely from old shipping containers; the corrugated-metal exterior hides a surprisingly attractive restaurant, whose industrial vibe is warmed by bright artwork, cozy leather sofas, an indoor fireplace, and huge windows offering views of the IJ River. Its expansive man-made beach is the real draw, when warm weather draws crowds to the picnic tables and beanbag loungers. Though many come here just to drink, the food is quite good, with sandwiches, salads, and main dishes emphasizing fresh, organic produce—nearly 75 percent of the menu is vegetarian, and a quarter of it vegan.